I came across an article that Jocelyn shared on Twitter about emails that made me step back and think about how I view things. It is written by Whitney Hess so instead of trying to get around plagiarizing, I’m just going to insert a section from her article here.
While I agree with her fully, I know that a lot of my stress comes from the email from which you think you are unsubscribed. Sales, updates, new features. Companies are constantly sending out tons of emails, but at the end of the day, they are people too. People who are trying to get business and succeed just like you and me.
I personally now use the app Mailbox versus the regular email app the iPhone comes with. I like the sleek look of it but the one feature that I like goes directly against this “email pledge.” The Read it Later feature allows you to choose a date in the future for your email to appear. Out of sight, out of mind.
This is a bit of a problem because you’re not actually ridding your inbox of emails and satisfying people’s requests, you are just delaying them. For me personally, I like the feature because if I have an email like a train ticket that I need at a later date, I’ll swipe it and put it to arrive the day of my travel. Then there is no searching for the email day of and you can travel or proceed in ease.
Another feature of why I love mailbox is that they program a new picture to appear everyday once you’ve cleared your inbox and a nice message “You’re all done.” Talk about incentive.
Let’s all just answer our emails!
Do you have email fear? How do you get motivated to clear your inbox?