50 000 Emails? On Canada Day?

Last Updated on: September 30th, 2020

frustrated man

Ever try to take a vacation from your computer – but couldn’t for fear of your email piling up?

Ever get so many email notifications that you wanted to pull your hair out – but didn’t? (Sorry, baldies, I mean no offense.)

Vacation Emails

I think that most email programs allow you to alert others that you are going on vacation. I know that in gmail, all you have to do is

  • go to your settings (the “gear” icon) and then
  • go to your vacation responder setup to create your message and set your settings, shown in the image below:


vacation email setup instructions


Tons of Emails + NO TIME = Frustration!

If getting excessive amounts of emails or email notifications is your problem (as it was mine for a long time as a newbie blogger), then you need to learn how to hit the “unsubscribe” link – or at the very least, adjust your settings on every site you belong to.

I just wrote a guest post on this very issue, complete with screenshots and instructions on how to find your “settings” on many different sites.

I’m not going to re-hash it all here for two reasons. One, it’s Canada Day (akin to the USA’s 4th of July) and I am taking the day off!

Two, I seriously am stressed out and tired right now. (I’ve been trying to do 50 000 things this week, including dealing with “old” emails – which I am filing into their appropriate folders and/or deleting.) I’m frustrated because I’ve been trying to do this for weeks. Each day I make a little progress, but I still feel like the numbers are not decreasing fast enough!

However, progress is progress, and I’ve cut down the amount of emails I get by following the steps outlined in How to Cope With Massive Amounts of Email Notifications.

FYI, as Greg’s monthly contributor, I was paid to write this post. 🙂 So you know it’s darn good. 😉

And because I’m going to respond to all of the comments left on said post, I’ll simply send you over there right now to show you how you can cut back on your 50 000 emails before you get 50 000 more.

I’ll even join you in the gripe session at the end. 🙂


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Happy Canada Day!

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6 thoughts on “50 000 Emails? On Canada Day?

  1. says

    Happy Canada Day. I decided not to work on the 4th of July. I get a lot of email but I just delete them if I am not interested. The reason I don’t like using an automatic responder that I am away is because who knows who is emailing me and it is not necessary to make my house vulnerable. As emails come in I just put them in folders if they are ones that I want to keep. The emails are like anything else if you don’t take care of them they will pile up.

    • says

      Arleen, I have not used the automatic responder yet, either, but that’s because I have internet access all of the time. I think I would use it if I travelled and didn’t have such access.

      As far as emails go, I put the ones I want to keep in folders, too!

  2. Adrienne says

    Hey Lorraine,

    I hope you had a happy Canadian day and did go have some fun. Yep, it’s our 4th of July and I’m working. That’s okay, maybe I’ll get more done with everyone else taking the day off. Either way I’m going to be having some fun tomorrow so I don’t feel bad about being online today.

    Anyway, I don’t get a lot of email. I get a lot of spam of course but that goes in my spam folder anyway. This is another reason I don’t subscribe to a lot of people. Granted it would be nice to support them all but I just don’t have the time to go through tons of emails and read their stuff. If it’s something I really want to follow or know about I will otherwise I just don’t want my inbox packed.

    I have no doubt your posts is great for those that really need it.

    Thanks for this share and have a fabulous weekend.


    • says

      Adrienne, I can totally relate. I actually worked on Canada Day, too, as it turned out. But I got a lot done, including work on my new author website. Enjoy your luncheon tomorrow (yes, I let you and your newsletter into my inbox) and don’t be too hard on the new boyfriend! 🙂

      BTW, what’s your secret to not getting a lot of email?

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