Anyone who has had the pleasure of living with me for any period of time knows that I am all about “The Right Way of Doing Things.” I assure you this does not get annoying at all (family members, it might be best if you just closed this window now before your eyes get stuck from rolling them around so quickly).
You might be surprised by how many “Right Ways of Doing Things” there are. For example, silverware must be put in the dishwasher prongs down (I live in terror of a fork prong going straight up under my fingernail – you’re all very welcome for that mental image). And bread goes in the refrigerator. Give me hard bread over moldy bread every day of the week. The bed must be made every day. These things are important.
And yet, “The Right Way of Doing Things” does not stop at housekeeping. Oh no. . .it extends so much further than that. (Flee in terror while you have the chance).
Email, my friends, can be done the right way or the wrong way. I use Gmail, of course, because it’s the best. And I archive all my mail. I cannot imagine leaving emails in the inbox, with the inbox count stretching out into the thousands.
The inbox is for emails that must be attended to. Once they have been dealt with, they can be archived away, never to be remembered again until you need to retrieve them for some piece of information.
Currently, my inbox has five items in it. There is an email from my mom about a miscellaneous item, a note from my former roommate where we discuss Christmas frolicking, nerts and Carmello bars (if that’s not a worthwhile email, folks, what is?), a powerpoint presentation I need to review, an article sent by a professor, and a link to a pdf file from my mother which I have not yet downloaded as I’m fairly sure that doing so will crash my computer, seeing as it’s a huge file.
I will respond, read, and download as necessary, and then archive. And then, my inbox will be gloriously, beautifully empty. All will be right with the world.
Do you empty your inbox or do you just leave it all in there?