I remember coming back from holidays to over six hundred emails! I mean they weren’t from six hundred different people – no, that would be way too obvious. Forty percent of them would be from the one person – who on finding I was off work, would email my colleague three to four times a day asking about a shipment of laptops, or software or whatever I was shifting, er I mean selling at that time. Thing is, that one person, would cc me on every conversation they had with my colleague. One email would have been perfect – ‘all sorted, enjoy your holiday’.
I would just be copied for the sole purpose of raising my blood pressure on my return from my holiday.
Now the only emails I get are from my MA in writing – nice, friendly helpful emails, and from Amazon and Moshi Monsters – apparently My Moshi misses me.
Then of course there was the email Nazi within my own company, usually disguised as a customer service manager (Sorry Sean!) who when queried why a customer issue was taking so long to resolve would re-send an email that I had not replied to three weeks ago!! I mean how good was their filing system? I had the best intentions in the world about filing emails – but could I ever find that crucial email from 3 months ago – no chance.
So now I am free from the purge of corporate emails. No longer does my heart sink as I open the Inbox. My blood pressure and psychological mood are no longer controlled by ‘Outlook’.
Could I ever go back to that Inbox grindstone? I bloody hope not! I will just be opening fan mail from readers of my latest book – oh sorry did I nod off there?