by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
I love to turn on my computer and hear those lovely words, "YOU'VE GOT MAIL." It's like getting and opening presents every day." (Okay, not all emails are fun -- like the ones that start out, "I like it, but..." Or "Here are the revisions for your books..."
But I have a hard time letting go of old emails. In fact, despite the fact I work on eliminating stuff every day, my inbox still has an average of 800 emails in it on any given day.
I save of a lot of these emails because they have links to news articles I don't have time to read. So I think--I'll save that and read it later. But then it gets buried under an onslaught of new emails and I forget it's there.
I save emails because I'm supposed to do something about it. Like a recent request for an Interview. Only now I can't remember who sent it or what the subject was -- because the sender conveniently FORGOT to put Interview in the subject header.
Finally, I've set up folders for the important things. Like notes from my agent and editor; fan mail; invoices; notes from friends; notes from readers, etc. But that hasn't really helped the problem. Now those notes are just out of sight--out of mind.
Having this much email isn't a problem when you're on Broadband (except AOL will only allow you to have 1000 in your inbox and then it shuts down your account). But when you're on Dial-up, as I am when I got to our family cottage to write, then AOL tries to load all 800+ emails and ain't nothing going to open.
Does anyone else have the same mail-hoarding problem? Were you able to solve it?