I am the first to admit that I get too many emails. I actually have 4 email addresses (1 personal, 1 for the organizing business, 1 for my ‘day job’, and one for extra or junk email). Sounds a little excessive doesn’t it? Well, to be honest it works for me. I could forward everything to one email address, but I really like to compartmentalize and it helps keep me focused when I want to work on a specific thing.
For the most part, my emails are fairly streamlined. I know who they are coming from and they usually require some sort of response or action. The exception to this is my ‘junk email.’ This is an email I have specifically set up for when I sign up for contests, giveaways, social media sites, coupons, or pretty much anything that may come with emails trying to sell me something. From time to time, it gets out of hand. We’ve been sick at our house and I actually haven’t checked my ‘junk’ mail for 10 days. I looked today and had 125 emails in there! That is ridiculous! Instead of just deleting them, I went through them and ‘unsubscribed’ from most of them. It took about 20 minutes to jump through all of the ‘unsubscribe’ hoops, but I did it. My plan is to wait another 10 days and see if there is any progress in the inbox after the clean-out.
Here are my tips for streamlining my emails:
-Only sign up for things you think you will use, need or want in the future.
-If you realize you are no longer needing emails you receive, don’t just delete them, click on the unsubscribe button. This should prevent future emails from the same company.
-If you have a ton of emails in your inbox and want to find the ones that have the ‘unsubscribe’ feature, you can filter your emails by the word ‘unscubscribe’.
-If you are on the list of those friends and family members who love to forward mass emails and you would prefer not to get them, politely ask them not to send them anymore. I know it can be difficult to say that to a friend, but just phrase it that you get too many emails in general and don’t have time to read them.
-Change your notification preferences in your social media. Is it benefiting you to get an email every time someone mentions you in a comment on Facebook or likes your Instagram photo? Probably not. So shut those functions off or at least streamline them.
-Send less emails. If you send less emails, you will get less responses. Easy as that! If you evaluate each email you are sending, you might find there are some that are unnecessary.
-I really like having a separate email that I use for signing up for coupons, newsletters, etc. Then if life gets busy and I don’t have time to check it, no worries! I know there’s nothing vital in that inbox that can’t wait for me to catch up on everything else.
Now I realize I am running the risk of you deleting your Neaten Your Nest subscription from your email inbox. (Don’t do it!) If you want to streamline your blog subscription emails, you can follow most blogs on Facebook or Bloglovin as an alternative.
What are some other ways you clear out your digital clutter?