How many unread emails do you have?

Probably More Than You Need.

October 25, 2016

Sometimes I leave an email as unread if it's important, but I can't deal with it in the moment. That way it will stand out to me later and remind me to give it attention. But how many unread emails starts to become too many? My personal email inbox can become quite crowded with things I think I want to look at later, but never seem to find the time. That means I should have deleted it from the start, no? At one time I had a little over 300 unread emails in my personal email and that's when I realized it was time to pull the plug. 

A short time later I was chatting with my girlfriend, Hannah, about my email mismanagement and she showed me her phone (pictured above). Yes, you saw that correctly. She had 89,838 unread emails. Who knew that was even possible? I was in such a state of shock I had no words. Finally, I choked out 'How in the world---' to which she held up her hand and said, 'Don't even.' And we haven't spoken of it since.

So, next time you're feeling overwhelmed by your unread emails, don't be discouraged. It could be so much worse.