I have already forgiven myself
It is also possible that I will not — that I, in fact, will never answer your email. If that is the case, if the people and the places and the things around me still press upon me with more urgency than your email and so many others, I hope that you will forgive me. I have already forgiven myself.
K. J. Dell’Antonia (Paywall) with her take on taking out email out of the equation of what is essential. Thoughtful advice whether you’ve got kids or not.