I’ve been thinking a lot about email this week. I have had the same email address for many, many years, and over time, I’ve gotten on a lot of lists. I get ads from companies I purchased something from three years ago, member announcements from organizations I am no longer part of, digests of things that seemed interesting at a different stage of my life. And so forth. I delete 99% of these emails unread. I don’t think I’m thinking much about it. But how much time does all that deleting take up? And is there collateral damage in terms of lost focus?
I explore that topic in one of my CBS MoneyWatch posts this week: “The hidden cost of unwanted email.” How many unwanted emails do you think you get per day? How much time do you spend deleting? At 3 seconds a pop, if you get 60 unwanted messages a day, that’s 3 minutes, which comes out to about an hour a month (just looking at work days) or 12 hours a year. But I think the damage goes deeper. I’m going to set a date to get off a bunch of lists once I get back to work after my upcoming week off.
Also dealing with inboxes…. My other two MoneyWatch posts were “When to send email so it will get read” (the answer may surprise you!) and “Save time by never filing an email again.” According to the email guru I interviewed, filing emails is a total waste of time. I agree!
AOL Jobs picked up a few posts, including “Get ahead at work, even if you don’t have time to schmooze.“
Yahoo interviews me for a video on the Secret of Your Success called “How to Make time For A Better Life.” I don’t really like my hair in this video but my house and desk look nice!
Kim Palmer of US News quoted me in a piece called “Parents: Stop being so awkward with money.“
Readology reviews All the Money in the World, calling it “conversational and authoritative, well-researched and yet practical and personal.”
In other news:
Wandering Scientist gets herself up to 133 comments with a post on Women, Men, Chores and Relationships. The question is why would professional women tolerate an unequal distribution of household chores? There are likely many reasons, but I think part of it is preference. Some people want cleaner houses than others, and more elaborate meals than others. Perhaps these preferences are due to social conditioning, but I don’t think it’s fair to hold all parties to the standard of the cleanest person. Housework expands to fill the available time. You can save a lot of time by lowering your standards.
House of Peanut adds to the frugal hack list with her tips on renting a house for a vacation.
Khan Academy has recently added Art History lectures. What a nice thing to watch instead of funny cat videos!