Every day my inbox fills with information I’ve requested. Writing blogs I’ve subscribed to, online writing or publishing magazines, and a variety of other writing how to material. I’ll stare at some of it for days, all good intentions of reading the material, only to get tired of seeing it stack up. Eventually, I just hit delete, delete, delete. Lately, I’ve started to classify much of it as clutter as in I’m beginning to feel a bit overloaded with the need to keep my inbox somewhat organized while “feeling” like I’m not wasting time by doing so.
I realize there are some deliveries into my inbox very worthy of reading. I ran across a post yesterday I felt was extremely helpful, but, mostly, staring at a full inbox just makes me feel like I’m always behind somehow. I’m sure I’m going about it all wrong, as in I don’t have a defined process for how I work. I don’t say I’m going to read the inbox from 8:00 – 9:00, then work on writing from 9:00 to 1:00, and then finish up with more reading to end the day.
Pffft! If only I were THAT disciplined.
In addition to the email influx, I’m not counting the two magazines I get, Poets & Writers and Writer’s Digest. I’m a year behind in those – at least. I have them chronologically stacked on my night stand along with the ever growing stack of books I’m reading, because I paid for them and I can’t bring myself to de-clutter by throwing them out. What if I miss THE article that makes ALL the difference in my writing???
And then, there’s the notorious TBR pile. What I can’t seem to stop doing is buying books. Right now, I think I have 75+ books to read. I just bought three MORE this week. But, let’s be real. I won’t ever stop buying books. I won’t ever stop reading them. As I’ve said before, I only read at night and by the time I get to bed I’m usually so tired I only get a few pages in. One thing I do think I could do less with is the influx into my inbox, and that general feeling of guilt I have when I don’t read everything sent. I don’t know why I feel that way, but I do. And, in thinking about it, if I’m simply going to delete them, then why bother having them delivered?
Therefore, I’ve been thinking about reducing the load. I’ve been thinking about unsubscribing to some of the sites I’ve been receiving emails from for years. I’ve been thinking about trying to follow that “sensible” daily plan for when I’ll read, and when I’ll write. My hope would be to have a feeling like I’ve actually accomplished something – mainly towards my writing goals – and have enough time to sit down and read that ever growing stack of magazines and books in the afternoon.
Sure, I’ll miss seeing some of those articles, but I can always visit sites at will. I’ll have them bookmarked, I just won’t get the daily automatic dump into my inbox.
Wow, I feel better already!