You sent me an email and didn’t hear back? This might explain it:
OK so it’s not a serious decision chart. But it’s beginning to look increasingly attractive!
I always have the best of intentions when it comes to keeping up with my email correspondence. But increasingly I find myself struggling to keep up. The problem isn’t so much the volume, as the expectations. I have a constant stream of email asking me for stuff – presentations, reviews, advice, comment. Each request is important to the sender I’m sure. But if you are asking me to do something that I’m not directly paid to do, doing what you ask means that I to sacrifice something else to respond. And that inevitably ends up being my personal time, family time, meal time or sleep time.
That said, I don’t begrudge people asking me to do things for them, and I usually try and accommodate requests. But if you have sent me an email that seems to have disappeared into a black hole, the chances are that it has been swamped by hundreds of others like it, or I had to decide whether to spend time with my wife and kids or with your request. And if it was really important, there’s never any harm in resending!
Note: In the “Is it from someone important?” box, I should point out that this includes family and friends!