We’ve all had that daunting feeling that looms as you open your email account each morning, in anticipation of the several unread emails that are (im)patiently waiting to be read. With busy schedules, constant communication and lack of time, it’s easy for the RSVP to a wedding you can’t attend, an awkward conversation that needs to be had or simply a much needed apology to become part of the unanswered vortex, only to be left lingering in the back of your mental inbox as something you ‘should’ve’ responded to.
If this is has ever happened to you, you are not alone; in fact, there is an entire holiday dedicated to it. Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of Email Debt Forgiveness Day: A 24-hour grace period to send all the emails you’ve been putting off, without guilt and (hopefully) any consequence.
This simple, and frankly genius idea began when Alex Goldman, the host of Podcast channel Reply All – dedicated to discussing life on the internet – had an e-dilemma of his own. When he received an email from a former band member to catch up before moving cities, anxiety led him to procrastinate replying for over a month, which then led to a complete non-response. This e-mail-induced guilt led to Goldman and P.J. Vogt (Goldman’s co-host) creating the much needed day.
“I couldn’t tell if this was going to be like National Appreciate-Your-Typewriter Day or Valentine’s Day,” Vogt says. But he’s happy that everyone has understood it’s presence. “Everybody that I’ve talked to has immediately got it. I thought it would just be for anxious people. But everyone who’s a human being who’s used a computer understood a need for this.”
So, your time is now. Type out your feelings (no matter how delayed) and let the e-guilt fade away.
If you want the recipient to understand more about the day, include this link as the explanation.
Have a listen to how others have celebrated the day from the creators themselves from their original podcast below.