Welcome to the 15th post in this month’s A to Z Challenge. There is a small dot up ahead of me, which I hope is the light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂
I like to pretend to be organised. I’m a planner after all, I should like order rather than chaos. Shouldn’t I?
Well, there are certain things I like neat and tidy and when I started with this whole blogging, tweeting malarkey, I realised I needed to be organised in my emails.
Recently, my email provider changed hosts. They said they would migrate the emails over and everything would be fine.
I’ve been with this company since 2007 and must say during that time I haven’t had any problems. From the 4th April things started to go wrong. When I next opened Outlook on Saturday 6th April, it informed me it was downloading email 1 of 45,371.
WHAT? 45,371 emails?
Had my blog suddenly exploded due my fabulous A to Z Challenge posts? Had everyone following Lady Gaga decided to follow me and Twitter was struggling to send me the notifications?
Wake-up, Pete. You’re dreaming again.
Sorry, anyway. No. Outlook tried to download EVERY email I’d ever received.
Every. Single. One.
I managed to stop this crazy action and only downloaded 15,000 old emails. At least I have them for reference 🙂
You’re probably wondering (with good cause) what this has to do with Organisation. Well, I use RULES to organise my emails.
Yeah, RULES rock!
I have a rule set up to separate all my emails into manageable chunks. All my Twitter follower emails go into a Twitter Followers folder. All my Blog Comments into another. Need to see who has liked a post, they have another folder, so do all my Twitter replies, retweets …
A folder for all occasions.
How does this keep me organised?
Well, some of the folders I can mark all as read without checking them out. If I have 10 new Twitter followers, I can mark them all as read and head over to Twitter to check them out. I can keep track of things when I want, rather than wading through my inbox when I want to find something.
Oy, Dude. You could opt NOT to receive the emails.
I could, but I like to keep track of who did what, when. I want the emails and manage them on my terms. If I want an evening of visiting my favourite bloggers, I know who has posted recently and head over to check them out.
So, if you find your inbox swamping your efforts to keep track of everything. Give RULES a chance.
What do you do to keep organised?
This is my O post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
Today’s photographs are of Oxford. We visited when we stayed in Stratford a few years ago. The only reason we went was so I would have O photographs for this challenge (Not really). It is a nice place to visit with some fantastic old buildings and as you would expect, lots of academics riding around the place, books tied together on the front of their bikes.
Didn’t see Inspector Morse though. Or Lewis for that matter.