Whew, we've survived the holidays again, with their bustle of activity and their rustle of papers. Wrapping paper, greeting cards, and yes, the receipts for all those presents we bought. Hey, whatever happened to the promise of a paperless society? Is e-mail an answer or just another thing to take care of? Ever curious, Have You Heard? wandered the winter-gray streets of Ashland asking women: How do you manage your e-mail? Do you have any secrets or tips for keeping the electronic task master at bay?
Wendy Davis, Talent
I just don't turn my computer on. I save all the pain and misery for one day. Then I throw out all the emails about Asian brides and the e-Harmony stuff. I keep any that have sentimental or work value and get rid of the rest.
Jessica Litjens, Ashland
I used to be really into it, but I hardly ever use e-mail anymore. It's not as useful as a tool for me, now. I don't find it a very personal form of communication, so I tend to write letters.
Kathleen Livni, Ashland
I have three kids, so I use it very sparingly. I have been in places where I've spent hours on it. Now I check it every three days and keep it minimal. It's a real time grabber, so I keep it at bay and definitely delete all the attachments and chain letters. I delete and move on.
Shona Allen, Eagle Point
I just check it once a day. It's no big deal. I have Gmail and I don't have spam.
Kimberly Fitch, Ashland
If I get an e-mail from someone I don't know, I delete it. I figure if it's important, they'll call me. I was in a music group that tried to communicate by e-mail and it just didn't work for me. I don't check it that often, only once a day. I don't always take the time to respond to every e-mail and save long e-mails for my close family and friends.
Brenna McGirr, Ashland
I save absolutely everything. I'm really very grateful that Yahoo! made their mailbox capacity larger, so I can keep it all. It's like having a shoebox full of greeting cards in the closet. You can go back through, read them again and reflect.
Jennifer Bright, Ashland
I have to take care of it every morning or it gets away from me because I have three addresses. I use it for business. My biggest problem is getting rid of the spam. I have to print the important e-mails when I mail them. Then I recycle the paper when I'm done.
Judy Abrahams, Pacific Palisades, CA
I don't manage it very well at all. It manages me. I open the program up and I have 50 advertisements waiting. I save e-mails, then every six months I go through and question why I have it all — 23 pages of nothing. Then I get rid of everything.