Am I the only one who feels as if they are still swimming in snail mail even though so much of my life has moved to the digital world? Agreed, it’d be awesome to get a hand-written letter from a long-since-seen friend in my home mailbox but it’s been like four score and seven weeks ago since that happened… unless you count Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons, that is.
I mean we all get email – lots of it, I am sure. But the tedium of physical mail has me rankled. I mean I literally have become a “pile builder”. Translation: I check my physical mail for checks (more rarely encountered than I always hope), I sift through for personal letters (zilch-o since Bubba was in the White House) and then I build a pile out of the bills and forms and other “Important Information Enclosed” envelopes that seem to be taking liberty with the term “Important Information Enclosed”.
Alas, however, when you build piles they pile up. And this forces me to deal with the piles. But when? Late at night on a Monday? Sunday afternoons? I mean I don’t want to use any “real time” to go through this stuff. After all, in a way it’s just paper-pushing but if you don’t push the papers the implications of not pushing them pushes back in ways that make you wish you had pushed them in the first place.
My email to “happy to receive this correspondence” ratio is high. I bet it’s greater than 50%.
My snail mail to “happy to receive this correspondence” ratio is low. I bet it’s less than 15%.
Therefore, instead of people assaulting the physical book I wish they’d turn their pitchforks on snail mail. I mean isn’t the Post Office deep in the red anyway?
And of course, what ends up happening is that I fritter away my time doing many other mindless things – like composing lightweight mail musings – instead of seeing what contents lay within the cryptic white envelope from sinister mega-corporations like my insurance company.
At least I know why I don’t open that one… cause if I don’t open it, the bad news about my premiums going up won’t become official.
Does anyone have a better system than pile it up, procrastinate, repeat for handling snail mail? It’s wearing me out.