A while ago, I was a little sick for a couple weeks with bronchitis, so I didn’t answer as much email for a couple weeks. I didn’t stop replying to email, I just didn’t answer as much. And in a couple weeks, I was 100 emails behind. So I took one day with no meetings and just tried to power through all my email. At the end of the day, I’d caught up with all my emails except for that day–but I was still down by 80 emails. Another 4-5 more hours later, I’d finally caught up with all my email.
Sure, I’d managed to help some people and report some bugs, but sheesh, it sucks to blow a day with no meetings scheduled.
How do you keep email under control?