I have 37,240 unread email messages...

I have 37,240 unread email messages...

Summary: I have the best intentions to read all my email messages but my road to hell is paved with them... Which is why I have 37,240 unread emails in my gmail account, my main email account.

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I have the best intentions to read all my email messages but my road to hell is paved with them... Which is why I have 37,240 unread emails in my gmail account, my main email account.

They have accumulated over a 2 year span. And they are spam free (GOOG has a great spam filter.)

My problem is that I write for a living and I could easily spend all of my day reading and writing emails. But I only have a limited number of keystrokes at my daily disposal. Which means I have to make sure I use some of those keystrokes to write articles and posts. Which means I don't get to read and answer all of my email.

It makes me feel guilty because I always intend to go back and do the right thing. But the longer I leave my unread emails the more they pile up. And the less I'm inclined to go to my inbox. Sometimes I wish I could just blow up my inbox and start fresh.

Please forgive me if you've sent me an email and I haven't responded--it is not personal. It is just my inability to manage my inbox and the rest of my attention...

Topic: Collaboration

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  • I thought my 10,586 was bad...

    eom
    mrdatahs
  • Forrest for the Trees

    ...use an email client or your web browser?

    A good email client can use cachedimap and gmail supports imap.

    Labels are your friend. You can create filters to prioritize hierarchical folders for follow-up or just moving the 'don't have time to reply' emails to the 'All' folder.

    Here's [url=http://linux.wordpress.com/2007/11/13/howto-configuring-kmail-with-gmail-imap-and-disconnected-imap/]a good how-to[/url] for setting up Kmail with Gmail using cacheimap which also shows how you can selectively 'suppress' showing/synching mail folders and just focus on the ones that matter to you!!

    Works for me.
    Good Luck Tom!
    D T Schmitz
  • wow!

    just mark them all as read and start fresh.
    lostarchitect
  • Why no auto reply

    Hi Tom, I completely understand your position but here's a few points:

    1. I know even the busiest people, especially those who have and want an audience have an auto reply. So people feel their email was received

    2. They also SAY they read every email but can't respond

    3. A forum like this is nice because we can at least speak to you and each other! :)

    Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com
    rayramon