Everyone says, “just write about your life”. Well, that graphic over there? That is my life right now. Okay, so Ryan is helping out more around the house than ever even when he would rather be with his friends, and Nathan is mowing the lawn now for spending money, and Kaitlyn came up to me the other day while I was wearing a shirt that reads “happy mom” (all lowercase on it) and correctly identified all the letters, and that’s what ELSE is going on in my life, but mostly? It’s email.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter or on Facebook know that I’ve been posting a lot recently about trying to achieve this mystical state of being known as “Caught Up.” That I’m trying, so hard, every day, to not just stay on top of the emails but to get through the ones I’ve already opened that need me to do something. But people, I’m losing the fight and I don’t know what to do.
Let’s look at Outlook as of today. Outlook is where I read the emails that come to elizabeth(at)table4five(dot)net, the professional address I use for this blog. As of right now, I have 255 items in my inbox. 39 are unopened messages. So that leaves 216 emails that I opened and did not delete because the messages relate to something I need to do. Like, a review I agreed to write or a giveaway I agreed to host. TWO HUNDRED SIXTEEN.
Clearly, I am way in over my head.
Solutions I’ve considered-
- deleting everything and starting fresh. Problem with that- all the people who sent me those emails who will think I dropped off the face of the earth, or will just think I’m unprofessional for never doing their review or giveaway.
- Hiring someone else to write the posts. Problem with that- how does someone else write a review for me? If I have to tell someone else what I thought of a product, I might as well write the review!
- Hiring someone else to read the emails and categorize them for me. I actually did that with Ryan this past year, when I was just so swamped. I may have to make him an offer he can’t refuse
And before you ask, yes, I do say No. I say No A LOT. Every day, every single day of the week, I get, on average, 150 emails to that table4five(dot)net address. As I’m typing this, notifications are popping up in the bottom right corner of my screen telling me that new emails are arriving. Two more people are wondering when their reviews will post, when their giveaways will start.
If I only posted one thing per day, I would have what, 8 MONTHS worth of posts? There has to be a better solution.
I’m guessing that everyone who runs any kind of home business where they still have young kids in the house is having this same problem. So please, SHARE. Tell me your tips. What would you do if you were me right now? How would you dig yourself out? I’m open to any and all suggestions.
And chocolate. Or ice cream. Or a hot personal assistant. You could send those too