New rules

This isn’t the world’s most exciting blog post, but one function of a blog is to serve as a substitute for mass e-mailings. With that in mind, I would like to make a brief announcement concerning my e-mail habits:

Things have been nuts around here for the past five months or so. They are about to get nuttier.

To preserve my own sanity and ensure that I have time to fulfill all my responsibilities and commitments at work, at home, and in my personal life, I am going to be limiting the amount of time I spend online, particularly where e-mail is concerned. Specifically, I am going to set aside 30 minutes a day to check and reply to e-mail. To make the most of that time, I am no longer replying to messages that do not require a response. I am no longer mediating disputes. I am no longer entertaining requests for help doing things that the sender could do himself with minimal effort. And I am no longer reading messages that start with “Fw:Fw:Fw:Fw.”

Please do not take this personally. I am not upset with anyone. I am just busy, and I am trying to prioritize my schedule, exercise a little self-discipline, and give my full attention to those matters that need — and deserve — it.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.


2 thoughts on “New rules”

  1. Good for you! I need to do the same. I can’t imagine how much more I would accomplish if I had no internet or email.

  2. A mouse click on the delete function has proved to be a time-saver for me. I’ve found it quicker to bin it rather than housekeep later.

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