Scroll bar…the opposite amount of fun as a sports bar


I know I shouldn’t be working this weekend but I did cut out way early on Friday for some beauty rituals and some vino. I don’t feel guilty. I’m gonna stop “shoulding” on myself. But I’m doing some work because I was online looking up b-day gifts (why do I always procrastinate this stuff? Well, as the Aussies say: “never mind”) and then I got sucked into doing some blogging. See what you do to me? It’s only because I love you. Really. Don’t worry if I don’t know you. It’s a unique relationship. You know you love me. XOXO (most of you won’t get that but it’s making me laugh…I swear I wouldn’t try to kiss most of you but I might hug you :))


So then, I got sucked into answering mail because I was in meetings most all of last week and I got a bunch of those things in my inbox that I just needed to forward or spend a couple minutes on then I could file or delete and I didn’t have the couple minutes for them last week but I do right now. Especially with the TV not on. I’m rationalizing. I’ll stop that. I just love those periods of time where you can really burn through e-mail. There’s some psychological component and I am not sure what it is (has something to do with focus and isn’t everything about chemicals in your brain?) because it doesn’t work that way all the time. I think I just have these moments of intense productivity.


So I just had one of those. And my scroll bar has again disappeared (don’t you dare send me e-mail right now just to get the scroll bar back…I am about 5 mails away from it returning). And I have a ton to do next week (my job is changing again for the next fiscal year-starting July-and I am super excited….wait ’til you hear how cool my stuff is for next year). So I want to get ahead of the mail gremlin.


If you send me something, make it something funny so I can laugh and then delete it.

Comments (4)

  1. mdapsauski says:

    Disclaimer:  I am not related in any way to the author of the book I am about to recommend, I just like the book.  Anyway, I’m a big fan of "Take Back Your Life: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to Get Organized and Stay Organized" by Sally McGhee.  I use a "lean" version of her method to stay one step ahead of the email monster.  (Most of the time, anyway.)  If you stick to it, you’ll be able to avoid the dreaded scroll bar.  

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    I took a training offering here from McGhee Associates (or was it McGee? Assume it’s the same folks) and that got me in the habit of touching most of my mail once. Do/file/delete. I’m always thinking about that.

    Part of my team is moving over to another group in my organization and I am in the process of handing off a bunch of stuff. Deleting e-mail folders this morning was so fun! I jsut ask myself "what’s the worst thing that could happen if you don’t save this?" It’s never that bad.

  3. mdapsauski says:

    Interesting!  Was the training helpful?  I always feel relieved when my email box is empty (or almost empty, anyway).  It’s a good thing to purge, I think.  

    I hope the team-moving/reorg(?) is a good thing for you.

    -Miles

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Yes, the training was helpful. I am one of those people that just likes a framework for how to think about things. I was going to say that maybe I am simple, but I think it’s the opposite: I over-analyze.

    The team changes are great! I am super excited for next year and am looking forward to the challenge. I know, I am a Microsoft dork.