The One with the (Almost) Empty Inbox

photo of inbox with five emails

GAH this is the best feeling!

So today was the day I was going to make time to write something meaningful here. I left work before 8 p.m. (this is becoming an issue for me) and I had a plan for myself. And then I let other things get in the way and suddenly it was 10:45 p.m. and I found myself staring at my gmail inbox.

Staring. Cringing. Looking at the giant number of emails I had let accumulate and stagnate without ever sorting them or getting rid of them. So instead of sending myself into my room to read or sitting down to work on a post that I’ve been meaning to write for days, I got to work on my three hundred-something email inbox.

A half our later, I breathed a deep sigh of relief. Five emails in my inbox. All either important or things I want to do in the coming weeks. You know how I feel right now? Euphoric. Utterly relieved. Like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can’t remember the last time I felt this good and mentally calm before going to bed.

Which got me thinking, maybe the only thing I’ve needed to do lately is just make a plan of attack, organize and follow through. Maybe my outrageously cluttered inbox was clogging up my brain and leaving me feeling like I wasn’t finished every day and that’s why I wake up every hour, or find myself thinking about too many things just to focus on one.

Or maybe I’m just a charter member of the Lazy Girls Club and doing something productive fills me with a false sense of accomplishment and overwhelming pride. I’ll keep you posted.


3 thoughts on “The One with the (Almost) Empty Inbox

  1. Katherine

    I so understand what you’re feeling. I actually have mine down to THREE right now and it’s so amazing. Since I got it under control a few weeks ago, I now get a bit antsy if it gets to over 10 and stays that way overnight. Now that there are so few, if I can archive one that has been there for a week, it’s like a victory over the whole thing!

    1. kelly Post author

      I honestly can’t remember the last time I got it this low and I did the same at work last week. I wish someone had told me how glorious it feels. Go us!

  2. Ameena

    um embarrassing fact of the day: my gmail inbox has 2,998 emails. on the plus side, that’s only like 19% of my total storage space! ugh, i’m really jealous of your 5 emails right now.


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