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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-10-15 07:08
Subject: [personal] Slight change in email management policy
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Tags:cancer, health, personal, radiantlisa
Lisa Costello and I were discussing my email management issues. I'm a lot slower of thinking than I used to be, and things take longer. There are days where I receive more email than I can possibly respond to, which causes me to get behind. Then more behind. And so forth.

I used to be very diligent about responding to email, with the exception of complex or difficult communications where I needed time to think. At this point, I'm simply announcing what has already become de facto reality. I no longer respond to most email on the same day I receive it. I will also begin to triage my email more aggressively, which means far fewer courtesy responses, thank yous, and follow up notes than is my wont.

This is not me being ill socialized or rude. This is me acknowledging my time and cognitive constraints.

Please, feel free to write me if we have business, or are friends, or you are just so moved. But please do not be offended if you do not hear back from me promptly, or even slowly.

This is not how I would have it be, but this is how I must handle things.

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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2013-10-15 15:48 (UTC)
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Welcome to my world, as you say.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2013-10-15 17:19 (UTC)
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Received and understood. No worries from here. :^)
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2013-10-15 19:09 (UTC)
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You do what makes sense for you - we'll all get over whatever "panties in a bunch" reaction we might have sooner or later. For me? I just want you to know you're loved.
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User: goulo
Date: 2013-10-15 19:42 (UTC)
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Perfectly reasonable! People in great health who get too much email also triage. Life is compromise.

(...please don't reply to this comment...) :)
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-10-15 23:10 (UTC)
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I suspect anyone who doesn't understand this is a yutz. :)
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User: a_cubed
Date: 2013-10-15 23:12 (UTC)
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Is there an easy way on whatever email system you use to set up some simple automated responses that would require just a click of a button to send one of "Receipt Acknowledged. I will deal with this when I can." "Thank you." and a smal number of other options?
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