The power of the delete button is liberating and has the ability to promote world peace. Okay, it can’t promote world peace, but it can make my professional life a bit less stressful, adds lightness to my in-box, and allows me to put aside our differences and focus on our common challenges and goals.
As I was being lightly roasted over on the LMA Listserv last week my first reaction was to hit the reply button and jump right in there. But I thought better of it and just deleted the post from my in-box. What use would it be to contribute to a discussion that really just needed to be put to rest? What would it say to those who have their eyes on me wondering what I would do? Should I take the high road and ignore it? It was difficult to hit the “cancel” button on my response, but it was the right thing to do.
So I began to run with the idea of the power of the delete button. I deleted all of the e-newsletters I get without reading them (it would all be old news by the time I got back to the office). I deleted the blog posts without following the links to the full articles. I then unsubscribed to all of the newsletters that I never NEED to read, but somehow seem to clutter my in-box on a daily basis.
Most importantly, as we enter a polarized political season, when colleagues are already publishing their personal opinions and political commentary on Facebook and Twitter that might not be shared by their readers – who happen to include their clients, referral sources, potential employers and colleagues – I have my delete finger well trained and ready to go.