Email Bankruptcy; among other things…

Email bankruptcy is a term that I’d never heard of until earlier this week when a friend of mine did exactly this. She deleted all emails past a certain date and then went through and deleted or sorted the rest of them.

Part of getting back into the swing of things, naturally means getting organised. There’s so many things that I’ve been procrastinating and putting off for silly  (and quite frankly lazy) reasons. I won’t bother to bore you with the minutiae of why, but I thought it might be a good exercise for myself to list some of the things I want to start doing. Partially to improve my self-care but also so I can start endeavouring to be happier in my own time.

This starts, ever so blandly, with sorting out my email inbox. The way I communicate is solely digital, so to have 13,655 unread emails in my inbox, it’s quite a harrowing task to have to go through all of them. But, let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like that feeling of self-satisfaction when you sit back and look at the blank screen.


It seem daft to think that something so small could make this much of an impact on my life but I’m hoping that this will kick start a more proactive approach to the way I communicate and that this will continue to barrel roll into other aspects of my life.

What this really all boils down to is habits. Building something into my routine that I otherwise wouldn’t give the time of day. I need to practice better habits in the hope of taking better care of myself. I learnt the hard way that you really can only rely on yourself to strive and push yourself to be your best self. No one is going to come and do that for you.

It’s time to stop sitting at the sidelines of my own life and take control.

I’m very conscious that deleting a few emails does not a change of life direction make and that this probably sounds a little ridiculous. But this is the catalyst to a more proactive attitude to making this happen.

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  1. I’d not heard this term before either but it’s definitely something I should do with my emails. If you’ve not needed them after so long then can go but I always worry I’ll delete something I actually need later.

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