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What is email bankruptcy?

Once in awhile, we all get behind. Some of us get so far behind that we need a fresh start.

While it is hard enough to keep up with the plethora of emails received in a single day, if you fall behind a few days, it can be nearly impossible to catch up. After awhile, you may end up with hundreds of messages in your inbox that haven’t been replied to.

If you’ve become submerged underneath an endless pile of email in your inbox, the only way out may be to declare email bankruptcy. Similar to a financial bankruptcy, e-mail bankruptcy involves writing off the losses and starting over.

The most tactful way of declaring e-mail bankruptcy is to send a message to people you care about explaining that you have filed email bankruptcy and they need to resend any message they are waiting on a response from.

If you do this in a group message, make sure you put all the addresses in the BCC section, that’s Blind Carbon Copy.

The quicker, but less considerate option is to simply delete all the old messages and start over like nothing ever happened.

While it is best to avoid e-mail bankruptcy by keeping up with your e-mail, for some people it may be the only way to get current.

If you are in a situation where you feel overwhelmed by the growing number of messages in your inbox, make sure you first reply to the most important messages. Then, as a last resort, declaring e-mail bankruptcy may give you the fresh start you need.

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