My motto is ‘postive, not perfect’ and, at the risk of laying myself uncomfortably bare for you lovely readers, I thought it might be fun to write a few blogs on just how imperfect some areas of my life are and how I attempt to tackle them in a positive way.
Let’s start with my inbox.
At the time of writing, my main email account shows 898 unread emails (that’s just from this month!), and my secondary email account has 498 unread emails. That’s not including the read emails that have been starred for attention but lost amongst the noise of the other stars and the unreads.
It’s a mess. A mess that makes me feel horribly inauthentic as a coach (so much so that I’m already questioning whether or not I can actually post this!), and I can feel it draining my energy on a daily basis. Emails occasionally get lost, information I need is hard to find, and I hate the idea of people seeing the little app icon on my phone with that little red number reading embarrassingly high.
So how come I’ve got so much stuff in my inbox? Obviously, I’m just incredibly popular and in demand (ahem!) but I also am a sucker for signing up for interesting newsletters and blogs, ignoring those social media notifications that come through and getting a few of those direct salesy emails that I don’t delete often enough. And so I end up with over 1000 items of email clutter to get rid of.
This week is half term and I’m staying with my girls at my dad and step mum’s house in Devon for a few days. I won’t be working much and it seemed like the perfect time to zap those pesky emails into oblivion. Last night, I read a couple of related articles on the subject: 5 ways to reduce your email overwhelm, and an inspiring Lifehacker review of a potentially useful tool called Mailstrom, but found myself about to be overwhelmed by advice and so got some shut-eye instead.
I woke up today and decided to post this blog at the very beginning of my journey, setting out the problem but without really knowing how I was going to start. But then isn’t that often the bit you really want to know about? Not ‘what I did about x’? I know I do! In the hope that you do too, dear reader, here it is. Not a polished blog post like I’d normally send out, but an honest one, written whilst my kids are getting louder and louder downstairs so I’m aware of having very little time left. Here is my starting out place. I need to go and rescue my parents from my hungry kids now. I start tonight. I’ll let you know how I get on.