Dealing with e-mail in autism can be quite a challenge. People expect you to check your e-mail on a regular basis, but what if you start dreading your inbox?
This happened to me, unfortunately. An inbox is something you can not control completely. There can be unexpected messages – with an emotional impact – which you’ll have to read at some point. What really bothered me, was not being in complete control. I had to check my mail regularly, but found having to deal with mails I was not expecting, was hard on me, and quite stressful. It took me quite some years, before I found a very simple solution to this problem: creating filters!
After creating filters for my inbox, I stopped fearing my inbox! 🙂 It is an amazing, simple solution for everyone who doesn’t like to be surprised in any kind of way.
The big difference is, I still get all the mails I used to get, but now, with these filters, I am back in control of when I read my mails. By getting this control back, I feel less stressed, and more comfortable checking my mails.
I used this ‘officehack’ for my private G-mail-account, which also receives a portion of my work mails. As far as I know, it is possible to set up filters in any kind of e-mail program. It makes dealing with e-mail in autism much, much, much easier…
I hope this post ‘dealing with e-mail in autism’ was helpful for you. Please let me know in the comments!