Responding promptly to your emails is simply the courteous thing to do. We are all busy and pressed for time making it necessary to prioritize our time. Who would have thought that a mere decade or so into emailing that we are now to the point where we don’t have time to reply promptly? Especially when it doesn’t get any easier than this to keep in touch with those who email us and that we care about.
There is no excuse to completely ignore your email responsibilities. That is unless you are completely narcissistic and do not think of how your lack of response can affect others.
When it comes to personal email, to not respond implies you are ignoring the other party. Whether you are or not is moot — that is what they will think. In most cases it would be best to pop off an email and apologize for the delay in responding and explain that you are busy and to not take your lack of response personally. Think about how you would feel. If you don’t care how your inaction could affect the other side — that will surely come through as well.
Communicating your situation can many times head off poor perceptions, hurt feelings and misunderstandings. Why not take advantage of the expediency email offers you to sit down and reply to your emails now?
“You may delay, but time will not.” ~ Benjamin Franklin