Managing incoming email
Darren Rowse at ProBlogger explains how he deals with the large amounts of email he gets in Blogging Rhythms - Clearing the Inbox. There are some good tips in his post, and I deal with email pretty much the same way Darren does (though I don't get quite as much email as he does):
- Junk: Most junk mail is taken care of by the ruthless filters at my ISP. All but a very few of the rest are immediately trashed by the Junk Mail filters in Apple Mail. Some time ago I asked my ISP to turn off the spam filters since I thought I wasn't getting a lot of spam. I was very wrong. After one day of being flooded by spam I asked them to turn the filters back on.
- Respond now: Messages that only require a quick and easy answer I try to deal with right away.
- Respond later: Messages that will take several minutes, or maybe half an hour to respond to (because they require research and/or testing) I deal with when I have some time to spare. Unfortunately, this means some messages can take very long for me to respond to.
I get a lot of email, but I do try to respond to everything that isn't spam. If you have sent me an email that I haven't replied to, it's most likely not because I'm ignoring you. Your message may have been caught in a spam filter or got lost in the email flood. If I don't get back to you, please try sending your message again. That's what I do if I don't hear back from someone within a couple of weeks (or a few days if it's urgent).
Maybe there are better ways of managing incoming email and keeping your inbox clean. How do you do it?