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It's That Time of Year Again

Every year, around the first of the year, I make an archive folder in my emailer and move everything from the previous year to a folder named for that year... In other words I just made a folder named '2004' and moved everything from last year into it.

It took a while this year, I set a record.

With very little spam, I still ended the year with 21,214 UNOPENED pieces of mail.

So, if you wonder why sometimes I don't notice something in the comments, now you know.

...and that does not include the 25,000 or so that I read. I read (or at least skimmed) an average of a little more than 68 emails per day.


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I average about 150-175 ema... (Below threshold)
jmaster:

I average about 150-175 emails a day in my job.

On the plus side, I used to spend 4-5 hours a day on the phone, but that’s down to maybe 30 minutes now. Not a bad trade IMO.

You guys are pikers. I hav... (Below threshold)
Jim:

You guys are pikers. I have to produce output from as many as 20 a day. That means taking them as input and producing a page or 2 of complex DDL to run on computer systems.

Some of it is cookbook, some is not.

Another 30-40 e-mails a day just need to be read and/or discarded.

Soooo...you'll be going bac... (Below threshold)
Don:

Soooo...you'll be going back to read those unopened non-spam emails or would you prefer we all just resend them so they'll be in your current 2005 inbox?

/sarcasm

WOW, Paul! Are these all ... (Below threshold)
BR:

WOW, Paul! Are these all wizbang-related incoming e-mails (or other work)? Wonder how many e-mails Drudge gets. Soon you'll need a secretary or 10!

Oy. And I thought my 100 u... (Below threshold)
Lyana:

Oy. And I thought my 100 unopened and 2,800 piece inbox was bad...

I can't leave anything in m... (Below threshold)

I can't leave anything in my inbox once I've seen it. If it's spam I chuck it right away (I can tell without opening the @#$! things); if after reading a non-spam I determine it doesn't require a reply or need to be saved I chuck it.

If I reply and the original message doesn't need to be saved (such as, if I included the whole thing in my reply) I chuck it; sent messages are saved automatically.

And then I empty the trash folder. And when "Sent" and "Saved" get to a certain point, I go through and re-evaluate the saved and chuck what I can, and chuck most of the sent. The rest I archive.

If only I were as diligent about emptying my real wastebaskets...

I probably get that number ... (Below threshold)

I probably get that number of penis enlargement and Nigerian spam ads - eventually, I'm going to stop putting my email address on all these internet sites - not this one, of course.

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