Sunday, June 28, 2009

Well How Many Emails Are in Your Inbox?

I recently told my mom and sister, and then on another occasion, two friends, that I had 1,500 emails in my inbox. That was a big mistake. Did you know your very character could be judged by the number of emails you have in your inbox?

See, all of these ladies, with whom I frequently visit, admire, and hope to find my name in their wills, have twenty or less emails in their inbox. I know what you're thinking. Organized, efficient, on-the-ball ladies. And I wish I could say you were wrong, but you are, indeed, right.

So, by simply sharing that I had 1,500 emails in my inbox, I was outing myself. You could see it in their faces--1,500 emails? The nightmare! The horror! 1,500 emails, and in their eyes I could see my name being scratched from the wills, their children being entrusted with another, more worthy recipient.

But maybe, (just pretend) I have a real reason behind keeping all these emails. Maybe every email that is sent to me is filled with precious, kind words from dear friends and I can't get bear to throw them into the cyber-trash. Maybe, (keep it down) I have so many important emails including how to take over wealthy companies, what to bring when NASA sends me into space, or what gift to bestow when visiting foreign dignitaries in the near future. You just never know. You can't judge a person by the amount of emails in her inbox. You just can't.

But guess what? As of today, I only have 713.

You know, I just wrote some of that important stuff down from those 787 trashed emails. Not like I was just lazy previously or anything.

15 comments:

bethanne said...

Okay, this is almost gross, I have 1857. I wish i could say these were all fun e-mails from poeple who love and care about me but most of them are like Target, my wacky aunts forwards, or late library book notices that I have never checked. I seriously have some from my husband from before we were married. We're talking 10 years baby.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jaynie! I am in the same boat. I have over 1200 emails and I do not plan to get rid of them anytime soon. Who has the time for that while working 50 hrs a week (where I receive over 150 emails per day and reply to them all before 5pm), facebook, reading your blog, cjane (all 3...oh my!), nie and all of my friends blogs here in Ohio! Plus, I am married, trying to expand my family, 2 cats, 2 dogs, a huge garden and, dare I say it, sleep! See, the 1200 emails in my yahoo acct are the least of my worries. I am sure that your list is just as exciting! :)

Kim~ Ohio

Wells said...

is this the same jayne who doesn't have paper clutter because she throws everything out? i've got the opposite problem. 4 emails in my inbox; stacks of paper files that overwhelm me....

sheena said...

oh no!! There are people who organize their inbox?? I have 730 in one account. 499 in another. And in an old account I never check because it's full of junk...1621....whoops. And I'm sure I'm forgetting about another account (why do I have so many--that is a problem too obviously).

Your blog is too fun....you are a crack up.

ktb said...

First - so great to see you the other day! HEY - none of that now!

Second - my emails are all organized into folders. I think I have 20 different folders and I set up rules so certain emails go to specific email boxes automatically. My inbox is like my to do list. I keep emails in there until I respond or take care of them.

I'm not bragging - only outing myself about my OCD. It's real folks plus I have a lot of time on my hands.

Sue said...

I really do get emails I want to keep, so usually I just put the in the "save" folder. But they do pile up on me...not as badly as yours, however. I usually have slightly less than 100 at any given time,

Still not great, eh?

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Mandy said...

I organize my INBOX once a week. But I rarely throw anything away. I file them away into folders - of which I have probably 15 or so... That way its there in case I ever need it again... I have gotten better about deleting FaceBook emails....

jed said...

i refuse to feel bad about my inbox problem (and it has been diagnosed as such). 1498 (gmail-- and i delete several every day as they come in) and 1207 (yahoo). i keep hotmail pretty tidy, however (29). mostly to feel better about myself.

how many of those emails are just links to something cool from bennion, i'll never know. it's a mystery of the faith.

Anonymous said...

Don't they give you unlimited storage for a reason???
k-Ohio

Kim said...

Um, I have 23,390. I never delete. So, the rest of you are all doing great compared to me! heehee.

{Erica} said...

567 inbox and then like Katie I have folders the total is not even something I'm going to admit to (I will say I have emails from my PHS years!!!)

p.s. glad you like my lovelies.

jed said...

holy crap. 23,390.

you deserve a trophy.

Anonymous said...

Jaynie and Jed,

Thanks again! I can stop drooling now....

K-Ohio

Lindsey said...

Whenever I check my e-mail I immediately organize. I have files set up, and after I open an email I file it accordingly. If I get a "junk" email I open it and unsubscribe to said e-mail, so's I don't get it again. It really only takes a second. I guess, like KTB, I am also outing myself as OCD.

Jayne! The countdown begins! I will see you in 30 days!!! Yippeeeee!

Nicole said...

Wow! You guys must be really popular! I have 3, one is to remind me of something I need to do, and the other two are e-mails I eventually need to print so I can save a hard copy but just haven't gotten around to it! So instead of feeling bad for those of you that have so many, maybe you should feel bad for me for not having hardly any at all! :)