Like most people in an age when we are tethered to technology at work, at home, and everywhere in between, I have a half dozen email accounts, 2 that are related to work, one of which can be reached from our website, and another, a Gmail account, that I use more often because it allows many of the larger audio files I have to work with to get through without them being considered spam.
Last week it came to my attention that folks sending messages to my gmail account, including clients, and folks interested in passing along a news item, or asking for help with one thing or another, weren’t getting through because my google mailbox was too full.
Too full indeed!
There were actually 29,000 messages stored out there on the cloud that I mistakenly thought were being deleted when I deleted them from my work PC.
29,000 messages in a period of 4 years strikes me as a lot of messages, unless you’re Hillary Clinton, or someone important.
I started to calculate the time I’d spent looking at those messages, even if only for 20 seconds each, but gave up in a hurry.
I think I know now why I come in to work 90 minutes earlier than I had to 10 years ago.
It’s to read the latest emails filling my inboxes that used to involve phone calls from real people.
I just need to remember to properly delete the ones I don’t need, so the ones I do need get through.
That’s the way I see it.