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I never would have believed that a clean inbox at work would give me a feeling of control. I was overwhelmed with the volume of mail I was getting there for awhile and just thought I would never be able to keep it all straight. I had been holding mail in my inbox because I couldn’t decide what to do with it. How to organize myself in this new job. Well, let me tell you, that isn’t a good way to manage it!

So, I ate the elephant a bite at a time. I took the mail from December and January and just stuffed it into another folder. I figure either it is dealt with or more information or questions was in the newer mail. Then I began with my newest mail and read from the bottom to the top of it – and then I sorted by subject and moved the whole lot to the archive folder. Anything that required action had the latest item put in the follow up folder and space put on the calendar to deal with it.

In this way, I was able to empty my inbox by Thursday – after about a week and a half of effort. Now my incoming mail is sorted by subject. I have little over a page to review at a time and it is a piece of cake to deal with and go forward. I will be digging out of the follow up folder – but that is a better place to have it – besides, I put time on the calendar to deal with it.

I have a short vacation coming up this week – we’ll see what I think of this system come Monday morning! I’m excited. I feel like I’ve done something and like I’m up to date on what is happening in the world around me.

I’ve skipped a few days but I didn’t forget to be grateful. I’m so grateful for a hubby who will bring me things when I’m covered in yarn and trying to get the mess cleaned up.

I’m grateful for interesting shows like “House of Cards” that we could just snuggle up and watch together all weekend.

And I’m grateful for the eraser on my pencil. It allows me to not be perfect – and those who know me understand the challenge of that.

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