A couple of months ago, I decided to use one email address.

Currently, I have eight active mail accounts. Work, personal, spam honeypots, etc. I moved all my archived mail to one inbox and forwarded all incoming mail from other accounts to that address. I'm not using "send as". One email address. Incoming and outgoing.

Now, to be fair, I'm lucky enough to be in the right position to make this kind of move.

  • I don't work for a company with IT policies that would prevent this. I manage my own email already - personal, professional, and other.
  • An uncommon last name allowed a domain purchase so my email address could be firstname@lastname.com. That address works just as well for personal and professional use. It's not going to change. It's me. It's my domain, and I can change email providers as necessary.

Sometimes, I make a change to my workflow that I think is going change everything. It might be for the better. It might be a disaster. But it's going to fundamentally affect everything I do.

Except when it doesn't.

I haven't noticed anything at all. In fact, I would have posted about this a lot sooner, except I had completely forgotten about it.

Just like I've forgotten:

  • Setting up five to ten different mail accounts every time I set up a new phone, tablet, or computer.
  • Worrying about setting up which accounts will notify me immediately, and which accounts I read less infrequently. I don't need notifications on any of them. Email feels less urgent nowadays; there's better ways of getting critical messages to me.
  • Worrying about accidentally sending email to clients from my personal address. This always happens anyways, why bother fighting the inevitable? It's never caused anything but a minor irritation.
  • Remembering to send the "I've changed my email..." email.
  • Figuring out which account has the old email I'm looking for.
  • Being dependent on a mail client that gracefully handles multiple accounts.

I wish all my workflow modifications could be so profoundly insignificant.

April 17 2013.