Friday, January 27, 2012
I nearly had a panic attack the other day.
I was sifting through my inbox and dumping all my non-important emails to' trash'. As you do. Unknownst to myself, I somehow managed to hit the 'check all items' button which, of course, did exactly what it said on the tin. I then immediately hit the 'delete' button and all my emails went to 'trash'. All of them, every last single one. Disaster!
See, I have a lot of stuff in my inbox. I have some emails I haven't even opened yet because I know roughly what's in them and like, they're important. Or they might be important. Some day.
Then I have lots of emails that I keep' just in case'. I mean you never know when I may need that information, or need to contact that person again.
Lord forbid I'd move them to 'personal' or create a folder for them.
And now for the confession, just so you realise quite how bad I am..... some of my emails in my inbox.....are you ready for this? Really? Okay, some of the emails in my inbox go back as far as 2010. There may even have been a couple from 2009!
I panicked at the thought of all my potentially important and might-some-day-in-the-far-away-future-be- important stuff being trashed. So to speak.
Plus the fact that the reason I was going through my emails in the first place was to find one that I got from someone last year because now that information was important and I needed to contact her again. See.... it does happen!
I also panicked because I knew I'd now have to check my 'trash' folder.
And I couldn't remember the last time I'd 'emptied trash' .
See, even though I may send emails to 'trash' I wait a while before I empty it. 'Cos I just might still need them. Ya get me?
So, in I went to 'trash' to see if I could find the desired email amongst the sea of abandoned twitter and facebook notifications.
There were a lot of abandoned emails in there. In fact it wasn't a sea, it was more of an ocean.
I eventually skimmed through to see exactly how many there were.
I had 1732 emails in my ocean of 'trash'. 1732, people!
And I wonder why my laptop is slow sometimes??
I eventually found my proverbial needle in a haystack. Thankfully I had a brainwave and searched a relatively smaller haystack instead. My 'sent' folder!
Once I overcame the initial panic I found I quite liked the new clean look of my almost empty inbox.
I kept opening it, just to admire it.
And I've kept it that way. I've only 12 in it now. Although, admittedly I still haven't emptied 'trash'. There must be 2000 in there now.
It was kind of easy in the end really.
Clearing out stuff, even if it is only an accidental clear-out, is quite therapeutic. It can also be applied to other areas of my life, I reckon.
I have kept all sorts of stuff in my house 'just in case' , that also needs a clear-out.. accidental or otherwise,
My head is also a disorganised mess of memorabilia.
We won't go there though, that's best left to another day.
Note: Image credit to bit.therapy.com