Today is Email Debt Forgiveness Day! It's your day to respond to all those old emails you've been ignoring

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Thursday is Email Debt Forgiveness Day.

What’s Email Debt Forgiveness Day? It’s the day when you are allowed to respond to those weeks or months (or years?!)-old emails that are sitting in your inbox, still waiting for a response, without shame.

You don’t have to apologise. You don’t have to agonize over what the receiver will think about getting a response embarrassingly late. Just respond, and you will be forgiven.

The idea came out of Gimlet Media’s Reply All podcast. They have even set up a page that explains what is going on, so there’s no need to try to stumble through it yourself. Just respond and include this link.

If this doesn’t work for you, I’m declaring tomorrow Email Bankruptcy Day. Just go ahead and delete everything that’s unread. If anyone asks why you didn’t respond, send them the link to this post.

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