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Bazinga
05-07-13, 03:15 PM
Do you have to keep it empty?
(I do...I can't stand seeing emails just sitting there for no reason...they have to be saved or trashed.)

Do you instantly read/respond to emails simply so you can get back to having an empty inbox?
(see above)

Do you delete old emails or "hoard" them out of fear that they may contain potentially important information later?
(sometimes, but periodically I'll go through my archive and try to get rid of the unimportant, but I struggle with it.)

What about everyone else?

atSWIMtooboreds
05-07-13, 03:40 PM
Do you have to keep it empty?
(I do...I can't stand seeing emails just sitting there for no reason...they have to be saved or trashed.)

Do you instantly read/respond to emails simply so you can get back to having an empty inbox?
(see above)

Do you delete old emails or "hoard" them out of fear that they may contain potentially important information later?
(sometimes, but periodically I'll go through my archive and try to get rid of the unimportant, but I struggle with it.)

What about everyone else?

1. No. Wish I did.
2. No. Wish I did.
3. I hoard. I wish I didn't.

Bit of a theme emerging there!

sarek
05-07-13, 03:52 PM
I always have to somehow catalogue my mails into subdirectories. That give me the illusion of order.

I practically never throw anything away. I have a mailbox with thousands of mails in it.

TygerSan
05-07-13, 03:52 PM
I keep everything. . . and I don't file very often. . .

midnightstar
05-07-13, 04:01 PM
I keep everything - it triggers me to delete stuff I may need within the next hundred years

stef
05-07-13, 04:23 PM
email hoarder!
whenever i delete something at work i need it
about once a year i go through my inbox and delete almost everything old
dont even ask about my private adccounts...

Bazinga
05-07-13, 04:35 PM
email hoarder!
whenever i delete something at work i need it
about once a year i go through my inbox and delete almost everything old
dont even ask about my private adccounts...

Interesting...I didn't clarify between home/personal and work.

At work I'm a (slowly recovering) hoarder. Recently our email system was changed from Outlook to web-based Lotus Notes, after our small company was bought out and merged with a much larger company. I don't think I had ever deleted a single work related email in over 2.5 years!! They all just got saved. The crazy thing is I did this out of fear that I would need to reference them again, but I don't ever remember looking back at more than 10 or 15 of them consistently.

I quickly recognized an uncontrollable hatred for everything about Lotus Notes and simply deleted everything and started from scratch. It was nerve wracking, but it was the only way for be to be able to tolerate this new program. It is good though, because it forces me still to delete everything once I've read it, even things I fear may be important. It kills me to just trash everything (except for performance and time/attendance stuff), but I can't stand the thought of having to search back through this ridiculously inefficient piece of trash program to find something that may or may not be important. Basically I've learned the art of saying "if it's that important, they'll send it again or get in touch with me about it some other way" and that hasn't happened yet, so I guess nothing has been worth hoarding yet...

stef
05-07-13, 06:20 PM
if i could just go through them once a week... i have to send invitations for meetings i must have lets see 35 replies, twice a month...

Bazinga
05-07-13, 06:27 PM
Yeah, I'm glad I don't have to do that stef, I think I'd go bonkers...

Fraser_0762
05-07-13, 06:48 PM
No, I always forget to delete them. Currently got 142 messages just sitting there. They've been read, but sometimes I go back and read them over again. I have no idea why, but I just have to do it anyway...

ginniebean
05-07-13, 10:09 PM
My idea off housekeeping is to about once every couple years go in and delete thousands of e-mails. Pick thru it for important stuff? That's why it takes two years between deletes. I finally decide one day nothing is important!

sarahsweets
05-08-13, 04:41 AM
omg for some reason, email and me dont get along. The minute I have more than a hundred stored up, I start to put it off because it seems like so much work to weed through it. I was actually talking to another member here while I had to delete old emails, some from 2 years ago, I had over 70,000! NO JOKE. It would help me alot if I stopped getting penis enlargement and viagra spam.

stef
05-08-13, 07:15 AM
i filled in this thing at the Gap once back in the states and i keep getting emails for sales in the US stores.

Bazinga
05-08-13, 09:34 AM
i filled in this thing at the Gap once back in the states and i keep getting emails for sales in the US stores. Yeah, I learned that the hard way also...I don't give my email address out for retail purchases anymore...

Ill_Favors
05-13-13, 12:20 PM
I have to delete everything. I use gmail and route certain items to different folders for easy viewing and organization. I only keep what is important.

Raye
05-15-13, 08:09 AM
I'm guilty of letting them just add up.. I think it was up to 200 and some one time before I deleted them. I also try to answer right away so I don't forget about them.