Tuesday, June 3, 2008


So I had a panic moment yesterday that turned out to be liberation. Those familiar with Outlook know that if you hold Shift+Del, it will permanently delete an item (not send it to the recycle bin for later). I do this a lot with spam so I don't have to do another step later to get rid of everything. Somehow I fat fingered the keyboard and it highlighted my whole inbox and killed everything. Poof. Gone.

I look at it this way. The only stuff in my inbox were things I hadn't filed yet or deleted. It was that middle ground stuff that I couldn't decide whether it was important or crap. So now after deleting them all, I figure the important things will reappear. One already has, thank goodness.

It was strangely liberating to see a completely blank inbox for a while. Alas, email purgatory known as my inbox has already started to creep again.


Jamie Notter said...

I had a similar feeling when I showed up for my new job yesterday (but without the dread of having actually deleted anything). But for a while I hadn't imported anything, so it was all fresh. I've since imported, but I'm keeping all that stuff in other files, and out of the inbox. I'm now focused on cleaning out the inbox every day. We'll see how long it lasts!

Ben Martin, CAE said...

Hmm, let's call that "inadvertent email bankruptcy."