This from MaxBarry.com:
"As regular readers of this site already know, I am a long way behind on this. I have a page that lets you know exactly how long, and this has been standing firm at 12 weeks. Which is heinous enough, right?
Except when life got a little crazy a couple of months ago, I stopped relying to e-mail and stopped updating this page, too. So when I sucked it up and came back to my Inbox today, I knew it would be bad. But when I saw exactly how bad, I was dumbfounded. I am now 23 weeks behind."
I cannot imagine being this far behind in my email (as I average about 50 messages a day, not including all my spam, more if work is busy, and 23 weeks worth is over 8,000 emails).
What Max needs is a plan.
Read your email every day Max.
Take half an hour and do nothing but email.
Do it first thing in the morning. That's what I do when I get in to work. I do nothing but email for the first 15 minutes of my day, often with a coffee.
Then I answer them as they come.
When I get back from holiday, the first thing I try and take care of is my email.
Otherwise, you have to sit and get caught up.
And that takes a very long time, as I am sure you know.
If I had 8,000 emails to go through, they'd all be getting the delete button.