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Last time I had that problem, it was because my boss was pushing me to finish a project well ahead of time. After working Friday morning through Sunday night with no sleep, I finished the project. He still complained.
So after a good nights sleep, I waited until payday, got my check, cashed it at the local branch of the back it was drawn on, then turned in my resignation. The company had a habit of keeping your last check if you quit, so I turned that around on them. I also handed over evidence to the customer (a state Corrections agency) where billing for my team had been padded by my boss with a lot of extra hours that no one worked. After all, sooner or later, it would have been discovered, and I did not want to be blamed for it.
I moved on and they paid a hefty fine to avoid prosecution.
I use audiobooks (or podcasts, youtube streams etc.)
I started out trying a self-hypnosis cd from Paul McKenna which sort of worked and then discovered just having an audiobook on at a lowish volume worked - I still wake up during the night but quickly fall back asleep. The only issue is losing your place in the book and so you end up listening to the same chapters over and over LOL
I am a dev and I read the article (I did not go as far as downloading more) and still know 1/10th of SFA about parsers. Fortunately I guess I have never needed to know.
In an earlier post one of our cohort was describing his trouble getting to sleep. With no disrespect intended to you for your stellar work, if he knows nothing of parsers (like myself) I suggest he go to your page and completely concentrate on your documentation. I am sure he will either render himself safely asleep or get overly enthused on parsers and algorithms such that he forgets that he is tired.
So, just seconds ago, I pulled the trigger and deleted permanently all my deleted mail. Funny to think about how rare an event that is. I mean, I did delete it - I didn't want it and didn't think I ever would because, if I did, I'd shove it in some folder and forget it there, instead.
Do you others also hesitate to complete this tension-fraught job?
Well - that's somehow built into the question, or conversely, why not delete them permanently.
Anything worth keeping is put someplace specific. Ultimately, if you just endless keep deleted email, isn't it like "those people" who fill their desktop with so many icons is obscures the point of having desktop icons.
I do that all the time.
It goes in my bin, which permanently deletes it after 30 days.
I keep pretty much all work mail and most personal mail, but newsletters, order confirmations, build status updates, etc. go right into the bin folder (after having read them).
Or mail like "here's my contact details". I create a Contact, save the details there and delete the mail.
Sometimes even mails with attachments that I should read. I download the attachment, put it where it belongs (like source control or ticketing system) and delete the mail.
That said, I still nearly have around 3000 mails saved since 2010.
Everything before that time somehow got lost when I took a new email address and apparently(?) purged my old account.
I have no idea what happened, but it was quite a shock when I found out at the time.
However, I can't say I ever missed any of those deleted mails, I think we keep them mostly for a little piece of mind and "just in case".