The Solution to Your Overflowing Email Inbox

Is your inbox full of important emails?


Years ago, my inbox was full of over 3000 emails, of which, at least several dozen were mentally earmarked to be replied because of it’s urgency.

However, things are never as urgent as you think are they?

In truth, at least in my experience, if things are urgent, like peeing, you go do it, RIGHT NOW.

So after years of burdening myself with an inbox full of guilt, I deleted them all.

I’m not your Master, but


Today, my inbox is my temporary to do list. If it doesn’t get done within a week or a few days, depending on it’s true urgency, it gets deleted. My inbox looks more like just an advertisement for Google Plus.

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I used to get a ton of emails.

You know what happens when you answer emails? You get more emails. This is especially true if the email you first get is full of dumbass questions that could be answered by Googling a few key words.

So, over time, I stopped answering emails.

Even the ones shrouded in gratuitous praise and ass kisses, because those, those my friends, ALWAY ENDED IN A REQUEST for me to do something. It’s like… hey, let me pay you with empty praise and ass pats.

If things are truly urgent, people will find the answer themselves, or IF they really need something from you, they will email you until you do answer.

And if it’s truly important, like having to go pee, you will go do it, RIGHT NOW.

Some people won’t like this.

They’ll think they should answer every prompt.

If that’s your point of view, I have a great opportunity regarding a Timeshare, a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner, and Jesus of Latter Day Saints I want to tell you about.

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3 Responses to “The Solution to Your Overflowing Email Inbox”

  1. Chris August 13, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    If I keep e-mailing you will give away/sell one of those Vader prints? LOL

  2. roy August 13, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    The Vader print is sweet – and amongst my most prized belongings.

    Also, I’d delete all my emails, but I’m too much of a sissy – been working for “the man” too long.

  3. Azafran August 26, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    Hey Jimiyo! Didn’t you write a post about how to keep track of your design submissions with an excel spreadsheet? I can’t find the post!

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