11 November 2009


One of the things I am not good at is keeping up with correspondence. Send me an email - even a business email, and you'll be lucky to hear back in a week. Something about writing those emails is challenging for me, especially if I'm supposed to give information or make an appointment. It's not a one-sided problem. I have the same difficulty writing emails to ask for things. Receive an email from me asking for a favor or information or an appointment and you can be sure I spent a good week or more thinking about who to write to and what to write. Most likely, that email has been appearing on my to-do list for quiet some time. These delays make no sense to me, I cannot explain them, but I'm going to try to do something about them.

So, from today until the end of the year, I am going to try to develop a correspondence habit: devoting time every day to dealing with correspondence promptly and completely.

Wish me luck!


  1. what! but it was *you* who inspired me to have the world's tidiest mailbox, with only 3 mails in the inbox... in any case good luck and don't worry, we know where to find you!

  2. Good luck. I have 600 unread emails in my gmail inbox, so, um. I can sympathize.

  3. 'early for New Year's resolutions, but good luck! I finally gave up on trying to read, answer, and file my old work e-mails (2000 in my Inbox when I pulled the plug on the job).

    Starting a new job, I got a new email, and have just been ruthless about reading, answering, and being done with the day's messages in one hour each day. I've cut down on a lot of newsletters and announcements, and regularly opt-out of new mailings.

    It's a journey, but I'm winning so far...


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