Email is something we all use on a day to day basis but it’s not something that we think about a lot. It has become such a staple of our daily lives that we don’t give it much thought. Kind of like driving or going to work, but it can be a huge time sucker.
Most of my life I have been an I.T. professional. What does that mean in terms of email? It means that I have had a phone with email for many years and it also means that I get A LOT of email. I was used to getting 25 – 75 emails per day. To some that might not be a ton and to others that is just an outrageous amount. The sad part was that it wasn’t even much personal email. Most of it was junk. Newsletters, company updates, specials on travel or gadgets, and the list could go on.
I decided I had enough of this right around the same time I was diving head fist into minimalism. I was eliminating all my stuff so why not my emails? I got to thinking about how much time I would spend just sifting through it all and how much I actually read.
Fast forward to the future…and
On average today I get anywhere from 2 to 10 emails and most of those are because I sold something or transferred some money around. Most of them are just your basic confirmation emails telling me I did something, which I don’t mind.
How did I do it?
It took time. Not a lot of effort and screen time; just a click here and there but more so just general time.
At the bottom of 99% of subscription emails there should be a tiny little link called “unsubscribe” or sometimes called “email settings” and that is the magic key. Click that little bad boy and it should open your browser to a page that says “You have been unsubscribed”. Sometimes you’ll have to type in your email address but that is usually pretty easy. The ones that really drive me crazy are the ones that want you to log in and change the settings. Most of the time I have no idea what my login is and who knows what password I used.
If you do this every time you get an unwanted newsletter or advertisement, over a period of 4-5 months your email load should decrease a substantial amount.
If what I said still doesn’t work and you have a Gmail account like so many, just mark the email and click report spam and you are set!