Email Debt Forgiveness Day helps you respond to forgotten emails


Yet another email from your great aunt Shirley about the daily activities of her four cats has been sitting in your inbox for three weeks and you haven’t figured out how to respond yet. Or, you’ve missed a friend’s birthday party because they sent you an invite and you read it, but totally forgot. We understand, and it’s happened to the best of us.

Luckily for you, April 30 is Email Debt Forgiveness Day and it’s truly a cause for celebration. On the official website for the new holiday, you can find the instructions on how to join the party:

“If there’s an email response you’ve wanted to send but been too anxious to send, you can send it on April 30th, without any apologies or explanations for all the time that has lapsed. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been. Just include a link to this explainer, the one you’re reading right now, so that your recipient knows what’s going on. Together, we can make our inboxes less stressful.”

How does Email Debt Forgiveness Day work?

On April 30th:

  1.  Dig out the email you’ve been avoiding
  2. Write a reply, ignoring the amount of time that has lapsed
  3. Add a link to the official page, you can even use their email template
  4. Send and enjoy your anxiety-free day

This is the moment we have all been waiting for – the holiday that we can all get behind, no matter our background. By including a template and an explanation of the day, all the stressful work has been done for you. There are even links to your calendar so you can set the event to repeat every year.

Weeks, months, or entire years, there’s no telling how far back our unanswered email graveyard will go. Now, there’s one less thing we have to worry about. Thanks, Email Debt Forgiveness Day!

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