type A. but only sometimes.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 / Comments (5) / by elizabeth

after reading this post on my friend jamie's blog, i started to type out a comment talking about how weird (read: crazy) i am about my email. but then the comment got too long to be a comment and i realized it should be a blog post instead!

so yeah, i'm super weird about my email. i have 3 personal email addresses and of course my work one. i like to keep my shopping stuff (target.com, amazon.com, etc.) separate so i have a shopping email account. i also have an account for "professional" stuff like when i decide to apply for random jobs or email congressmen and stuff. and then you know, my personal personal one, the one that's actually linked to my blackberry, the one i use on a regular basis. if you add all of them up, i have 4814 emails spread amongst my 3 accounts.

i am also a label fanatic...certain friends get their own label, but most else is in the 'friends' category. and most emails skip the inbox and go ahead and archive themselves automatically. i hate email in my inbox so everything has a label and a place. i clean it out about once a week, leaving the emails i need to reply to in my inbox so i'll remember to do it.

email labels.  i am crazy.

my work email is also organized like this, but i guess it makes more sense at work...right?

does anyone else do this?


Southern Princess @ November 13, 2008 at 4:00 PM

I found your blog due to a mention of Twilight. I LOVE IT!
As for the labeling...yeah, I do it too. My work email is insanely folder/label crazy. I have 2 addresses work & Yahoo. Both are set up like that as well. Though I am like you in the generic titles as well as the specifics. I am also a list maker. Major list maker - they can really get out of hand. lol. I did an entry on my blog recently and realized that not only did I talk about lists but made a list of other lists...yeah, scary.

jeff @ November 13, 2008 at 6:21 PM

oh, E....your labeling skillz intimidate and frighten me. i know you've mentioned your insanely organized email account before, but seeing it on the screen.....yeah, all i can say is, "tree pretty. fire bad."

joy @ November 13, 2008 at 7:39 PM

i have 1073 emails in my inbox. that would drive you insane :)

Jamie @ November 13, 2008 at 11:24 PM

I LOVE YOUR LABELS. Seriously, your screenshot makes me want to file mine. I might have to get a new Gmail account and start from scratch, though...


Marina Martin @ November 14, 2008 at 12:43 AM

I'm a fellow Type A personality (I even own a company called Type As, Inc.) and I'm totally with you on the inbox zero and the labels.

I have a suggestion, though. Instead of having three different accounts, you could buy one domain name and use it as a catch-all, which means anything delivered to that domain would go to you. So if you're on Amazon, you'd use amazon@yourdomain.com, etc. You could make one specific alias for applying for jobs, and then set the filters up so "To: Amazon OR Sephora" went to your Shopping label, "To: work" went to the Work label, etc.

I've got a post up at http://www.freedomfromorganization.com that describes my email tactics in more detail - hope it may be useful to you!