The last few weeks I had been feeling quite stressed about having too many things to do, and especially about the truly desperate state of my office and email ‘situation’. I can no longer file things, as the acquired dyslexia is much worse, and therefore, if I do, I can never find anything afterwards. The ‘B’ files end up in the ‘D’ files, and so on. Emails have also been a major issue for me, in part as I have more than one email account, but I also receive more than 300 per day, and I’m sure even without dementia, I’d find it hard to manage without any admin support.
After some contemplation on these matters, and thinking more about looking after myself lately, as if I don’t do that, I won’t be able to continue to help others with dementia or achieve my personal goals, I decided to take serious action.
In one email account that I still receive emails in, but can no longer work out how to reply to them, nor send from, I decided the best action was to simply DELETE them all. Hence, I highlighted them all, and hit the delete button!
A box quickly popped up, saying I was deleting 11,856 emails, and asked me to confirm this was what I wanted to do. Without any thought, I hit the OK button!
Quite some time later, my Inbox of this particular email account was empty, and it felt very liberating. Goodness knows if I’ll regret it, but it’s 100% certain I had not idea how many were even in there until yesterday, or what their content was, so as my dear unofficially adopted Japanese daughter Shizuka would say, “Who cares!”
There was a mildly humorous Facebook thread about this, and overnight, one of the people who had commented, lost all of her emails, without having taken this action. For her, I’m sure it was very stressful and I know it certainly would have been for me has I not made that choice! So it seems even without considered action, the email revolution is taking on, which is probably not such a bad thing!
Ps. to anyone who may have been expecting a reply to one of those emails, feel free to resend it, as now I’ll probably be able to find it.