#RealWorkTalk: Detoxing my Inbox
Jun 19, 2019
Every morning, I open my three e-mail accounts and marvel at the number of unnecessary e-mails. Retailers, old subscriptions, notifications from social media, promotions — it’s an endless pile of unwanted digital correspondence and it’s weighing me down.
If you’re anything like me, you usually flag unwanted e-mail as spam or junk. But the senders change e-mail addresses so frequently that two days afar flagging your eye doctor from 11 years ago is sending you her Keto recipe newsletter again. It’s maddening.
It’s also potentially problematic. Ever lose an important e-mail in a pile of spam? Happened to me, and I never want it to happen again, so I knew it was time for a purge.
I tried unroll.me in the past, but the company’s data collection practices concerned me a bit. So in an effort to keep a third-party company out of my e-mail inbox, I decided to go the old fashioned route.
First, I saved three or four days of e-mail spam. Hundreds of e-mails I didn’t want or need. I felt like a digital hoarder.
Then, I turned on a binge-worthy show (I had Billions stocked up on my DVR), and got down to the business of unsubscribing.
The payoff is immense. This morning, I opened my Gmail to find seven wanted e-mails, three morning newsletters, and only one piece of spam. Hallelujah!
Want to detox your inbox? I feel so good about this small move in the right direction, that I think I will sit down this weekend and follow Hiver’s tips for going full Marie Kondo on my inbox.
So how do you keep your inbox clean? I’d love to hear some more tips.