I have always had a love/hate relationship with email… I love to hate it. This always comes as a surprise to people, who assume that techies are all in love with messaging and gadgetry. The truth is that I have always had bad Inbox practices, and after a sabbatical year where I decided to ignore my work Inbox for the sake of productivity has left me with an unmanageable mess at the start of the semester. It’s good to see that I am not alone, according to the Guardian the average person has 450 messages in average on their Inbox, while tech/related industries can average up to 3,000. So what to do?
I have tried all of the usual advise: filters, sorting by date, by importance, by sender, etc. Yet if I slip up for a weekend the backlog is always there again. Perhaps the only way to get back on track is biting the bullet and deleting everything and starting from scratch. However, I have been wondering about just how important email has become for everyday businesses, and the potential legal implications of bad email management. I have yet to read a case where email management was the determining factor in a lawsuit. Anyone knows of such thing?