For about a month, I couldn’t get my emails below 100. And that’s after deleting the routine stuff I subscribe to, like Groupon, Seth Godin’s blog and Visual Thesaurus’ word of the day. These 100+ emails were the real deal. People who asked me a question, needed my response or work I had to submit. And just let me say, that 100 emails was a “good” day.
Those emails bugged me. Constantly. Like a fly that always seems to appear while I’m cooking dinner … that annoying-why-does-this-always-happen? kind of bugging.
I know why the emails happen. They pile up whenever I’m out of town for even a few days. Then it takes me weeks to catch up.
Finally last week I decided I couldn’t take it any more. Even though I had pressing projects, I had to get through my emails. So I set everything aside and worked through them one by one. Some were there because I delayed making a decision. Some needed a quick “thanks for the note.” A handful were requests to be put on a mailing list for writing classes and I decided my assistant could handle those – which took some time to train her, but now I just forward them. Others needed me to create a folder to save, so I did that. Finally, my emails were under 10, which is manageable.
Once I finished up that frustrating task, I felt liberated. And a funny thing happened. I got inspired to finish a bunch of other little projects that had been on my list.
Seems the constant thinking about my emails was draining the mental energy and creativity out of me.
Sometimes we need to set aside urgent demands and just finish that task we’ve been putting off. It might be minor and it might be important. But if it’s nagging at you, then get it done! I believe you’ll experience greater productivity with all your other responsibilities.
So, what’s bugging you today? For me, now that my emails are under control, it’s balancing my checkbook. Guess I better get to it. Hope you have a great day!
Grace & Peace,
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