This is it. I am reclaiming my life. By default, I am subscribed to so many lists. There are supermarkets, wine companies, coupon companies, dress shops, and other retailers. Some I may have subscribed to and my contact details have probably been purchased by other entities..
Then there are the self-help motivators, business advisers, health and wellness gurus, lifestyle advisers – whatever. They are the most dangerous. I tend to scan them just in case there is a pearl of wisdom hidden within the scrolled page, something that is going to make a miraculous difference to my life and that of course takes time.
You know what? There rarely is. What these emails are delivering under the guise of valuable content is mostly common sense, general knowledge and sometimes totally whacky. There’s a lot of woo-woo content that slides through the in-box as well. It has got to the point where this content is clogging up my screen to the extent where processing, scanning and deleting them is seriously compromising my time to do important things for myself – like write my next novel or work on my new business plan.
Increasingly, business communications are being delivered via email, but I sometimes overlook important information because it is buried in the general detritus. If I don’t pay an invoice on time, that is a problem. If I miss an appointment, that is also a problem. I know that applying rules to the in-box can divert identified emails to specific folders but to do that you have to know in advance that it is coming.
Progressively, I am hitting the un-subscribe button. Restaurant offers – gone; camping gear – gone; travel deals – gone; happiness skills – gone; media skills – gone; the next great business seminar – gone. It’s too soon to see the effect but I am so looking forward to an in-box that is relevant and dealt with quickly so that I can get on with my life.
I’m reclaiming. What about you?