I think I have some sort of strange e-mail related disorder. Ever since I stared reducing the volume of my daily mail feed I've become even more sensitive to how much damned e-mail I get.

It's weird. E-mail seems like such a burden anymore. I have maybe 20 messages I've been needing to reply to (down from hundreds) and it just seems like such a chore. After I get home from work (where I still process a fair amount of e-mail) the last thing I want to do is deal with any remaining non-work e-mail. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's some kind of e-mail burnout?

Perhaps I should start using post cards or something? Maybe set up an auto-responder that provides the sender with my postal address and the name of a few good on-line postcard and stamp stores...

Posted by jzawodn at May 12, 2004 04:23 PM

Reader Comments
# Jay said:

When I was working as a media planner (and I would get 200+ emails a day) I used to have a simple system that served me well (I originally read about it somewhere, and it refered to paper). See each email only once. I open an email and I would either deal with it right there - this means that I would either reply, delete or file the email right there. This means that emails would never be waiting or sitting around for weeks (the longer you leave an email, the harder it gets to reply to it).

on May 12, 2004 05:18 PM
# Dan Isaacs said:

I think it was the nick berg thread that burned me out for the day. :)

on May 12, 2004 06:38 PM
# david said:

All my important stuff comes via Jabber (horray for SSL with Jabber). E-mail is for last ditch contact..

Read, Reply, Dump. Three minutes.

on May 12, 2004 06:50 PM
# Aristotle Pagaltzis said:

Maybe you have pre and post mail tension?

on May 13, 2004 09:57 AM
# shiv said:

innovation in email/messaging area is needed on the scale of an industrial revolution to help the officially "bored of email since I have no time/have too much spam" section of humanity

on May 14, 2004 10:05 AM
# marta said:

I am writing my doctoral dissertation on the role of e-mail on employee burnout.

stay tuned!



on June 7, 2005 10:26 AM
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