How many emails are in your inbox?

I was amazed to hear this week someone had 45 000 emails in their inbox. Someone else had just processed over 7 000 and I had processed and deleted 2 000 from one email account I have. I have more than one. I separate my personal life, working life and online life. Even so, emails are a big job for everyone. There are the sites you subscribe to because you think it’s a great idea to get their emails. There are the efficient sites which keep letting you know what you have done, been doing or what their latest suggestions are. There are then all the other emails you receive for bills, payments,receipts, tracking, professional information, daily routine, from friends, relatives, colleagues. Facebook lets you know everything. Google is onto any new login from a new device/OS on your account. On and on it goes. You can watch them build up on your iPad or phone. You can ignore them if you have to log into an email account . By now there has to be a psychological term for fear of being submerged in emails. The inbox can become your nemesis. The video suggests a practical way of going about dealing with emails. This will work if you only have to manage one account. If you have more, then you really do have to be practical and work out a system of how to manage accounts in terms of their priority. There is a real plus side to email so we need to keep troubleshooting how to manage them because they really are becoming prolific. The more we are involved online , the more we get emails. YouTube has a number of videos to help you manage emails but it now needs to become part of our lifestyle , policy and practice. No one should be having to deal with 45 000 emails. Avoiding them means there is a problem with email as a system not the person. Most people manage most normal daily routine tasks well. They can pack their lunch, do the washing, organise their work routines and so on. Email swamping needs to be addressed and resolved.

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