“Oh! Look! An Email! I’ll read it during this 90 seconds I have while my lunch heats up.”
Zoot reads email
“Oh. This is a lovely email that needs a lovely response. (Or maybe: This is a question that needs a well-thought-out answer.) My 90 seconds is up. I need some time to actually compose a well-thought-out response. I’ll do it later.”
LATER NEVER COMES.
Zoot forgets entirely about email
This is my life. And it goes for Facebook messages and Twitter DMs and Instagram comments. I’m really bad about using small pockets of time – while waiting in line at Target, or waiting for my meal to heat up, or waiting for my kid to get out of the bathroom – to check messages and emails. THIS IS A TERRIBLE HABIT, I have decided. Because I never have time to respond if it requires more than 1 or 2 sentences and so I wait, and then eventually I forget about it. Not because the message or email wasn’t important. But because the message or email was digested during a rushed moment of “waiting” when my long-term memory is turned off to conserve energy for the task that I’m waiting on.
If it’s an email then at least, weeks or months later, I’ll go through my inbox and eventually see it and feel really bad and probably not respond because I feel so terrible. OR, if it’s some other message, I’ll miss it entirely and never remember it again. An email has an inbox where nothing gets cleared out unless I clear it out. But FB messages and Twitter DMs and Instagram comment just keep getting buried under other messages so I no longer see them, making them permanently forgotten. Maybe if I check my comments and rely to a instagram dm, for example, when it comes through, it may then be easier for me to stay on top of communicating with my readers. This is something I need to think about.
SO. What is the solution? FIX ME, BLOG FRIENDS? Do I only read messages/emails/tweets/comments when I have time to respond and/or address them? BUT THEN HOW DO I PASS TIME WAITING IN LINES? Do you have designated “check communications” times? I keep my email open all day, maybe that’s the problem? Although email I at least notice once in a while, the other methods of communication get lost after time. FOREVER. I at least address my inbox once a month or so. The Facebook messenger app is the place where messages go to die.