You've got (19k) mail

You've got (19k) mail

My office has started a hot desking system in which some of us share the same table and computer, depending on the roles we play.

So, in the morning, I log on to a computer and when I leave in the early evening, a colleague takes over the seat and desktop for the rest of the night.

One morning when I came in still groggy with sleep, I was surprised to see that I had only 11 unread mail in my inbox.

Can't be, I said to myself. I've thousands of e-mail as far as I remember.

Could something have happened to the computer overnight?

I was on the verge of panicking at the thought of all my messages having been wiped out when I realised I hadn't signed on to the computer properly.

I was inside my colleague's mailbox.

I quickly signed out and logged on to my account and was back in familiar territory - a mailbox with plenty of mail.

To be exact, 19,003 unread mail, out of a total of 77,635 mail.

It's a crazy figure, I know.

And it's driving me crazy.

If physical clutter can make life messy and stressful, so too can virtual clutter, and I am accumulating more of this in my life.

Later that day, I asked my colleague just how many mail documents he had in total if his unread mail tallied just a paltry 11.

He said he makes it a point to clear his inbox every day. He hardly has any mail, he said.

I was shocked and awed.

Wow, I marvelled, you must be really, really disciplined to be able to have a clean inbox.

Hard as I try (and I do try, believe me), I can't seem to clear my mail.

I'm constantly living on the brink of hitting my 5,000MB mail quota.

How did I reach such a dire state?

I have many excuses.

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