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Sometimes it just builds up and there is never enough time to respond. It gets so bad that email backs up with several month old email in the inbox.
I do read all inbound email and mark it with a priority, so I don't miss the must do now, or game over emails.
What do you do? Close your eyes and hold delete and pray? Or try to forsake all life outside the net and reply?
I also have a "pre-delete folder" to hold emails for one additional month in case I need to reference them.
joined:June 15, 2001
Usualy I dont read much into the junk.
feedback: I store so I can look through it in more detail when I have the time.
Reply required: I have a set of pre-made emails that cover some common issues. If possible I will use one of these as a reply. If I get a new question I may save the reply as a template.
Reply urgent: I try to reply to these as soon as they arrive.
Every thing falls into one of 4 categories
A: 'Urgent' and 'High Importance'
B: 'Urgent' and 'Normal Importance'
C: 'Not so Urgent' and High Importance'
D: 'Not so Urgent' and Normal Importance'
Everyday things get re-categorised depending on recent events (often, 'who screams loudest')
'A's get done
'B's get done if all the 'A's are done
'C's get done if all the 'B's are done
'D's get ignored.
Works for me, and 'yes' lots of e-mails get ignored simply becasue they started life as a 'D' and never rose from that position.
lawman (will work for food)
Don't fall for it Brett, he'a laywer, make him specifiy 'which food' and 'how much' and get it in writing.
If you use MS Outlook (not Express), as your e-mail client you really owe it to yourself to check this one out. You get a 30 day trial. I actually registered this one after my trial - I consider it the most useful software purchase I've made.
doesn't solve the problem of whether or not to reply to those old -emails, though ;)