12 Step Program for Email Addicts

Oh Geez!  (here)

Hi, my name is John and I am an emailolic, it started innocently enough. I was using compuserve over a dial-up connection, eventually that led to forwarding my personal email to my work account so I could answer questions about my BBS, by the late 90’s I was running 6 different email accounts, including pine with filters under my freebsd system, 2 seperate yahoo accounts, 2 hotmail accounts, and outlook on my windows system. Email was still manageable, but I was spending less time with friends and my family was claiming that I was not the same John.

I hit my email bottom with the purchase of my first crackberry. I found myself checking email in the car, during meetings and in the middle of the night – it
wasn’t that any of the email was that important but I just couldn’t stop checking, hell most of the time it was jsut some other emailolic on the other end, how was I to sleep if that jackass in accounting needed a latenight smackdown?

Through the power of the following 12 steps I was able to reclaim my computing time for truly important tasks, like secondlife.

  1. Admit that e-mail is managing you. Let go of your need to check e-mail every ten minutes.
  2. Commit to keeping your inbox empty.
  3. Create files where you can put inbox material that needs to be acted on.
  4. Make broad headings for your filing system so that you have to spend less time looking for filed material.
  5. Deal immediately with any e-mail that can be handled in two minutes or less but create a file for mails that will take longer.
  6. Set a target date to empty your in box. Don’t spend more than an hour at a time doing it.
  7. Turn off automatic send/receive.
  8. Establish regular times to review your e-mail.
  9. Involve others in conquering your addiction.
  10. Reduce the amount of e-mail you receive.
  11. Save time by using only one subject per e-mail; delete extra comments from forwarded e-mail, and make the subject line detailed.
  12. Celebrate taking a new approach to e-mail.

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