I’m an email subscribing junky. Maybe more of a hoarder. Like dumpster diving, I’ll jump into any bin and sign up for just about any email list. If that’s not bad enough I have 5 active email accounts. A personal account, an account for my blog before I changed the name, an email account for SimpleStepsForLivingLife, an account for my old blog from 10 years ago, and an account for signing up for sweepstakes.
Hello, my name is Cindy and I’m an email junky.
If that isn’t bad enough there is one more account, at least, that I haven’t checked in years which I’m sure is full of emails from princes of foreign countries that need me to help them retrieve their money from the US. You remember that scam?
Does that give you a hint to how much time I’ve been wasting with checking emails?
So, I’m starting to get clean. Here’s my tips from this email junky…
- Don’t sign up for every email subscription that is thrown at you. I’m a sucker for this. Instant gratification is key in getting me to sign up for stuff. The offer of a printable. A mini course to improve my blog(that I’ll probably not do). Wanting to connect with another blogger even in reality I don’t have time to do except between 2 and 4 am. LOL
- Go through your present email box(or boxes in my case) and evaluate. I get some really good articles and resources through emails but had to get real. I have 5 active accounts. This morning I just had to be real and figure out which ones I have actually opened in the last 2 weeks and which ones I was thinking oh some day I’m going to do this or that.
- Use a service like Unroll.me. This is not a sponsored post about this website(although I wouldn’t mind – hint hint Unroll.me). I have been using this service for a while for 3 of my accounts and it has saved me so much time. I also used it today during my purge. It’s completely free. How is it free? They use data gathered from who you have signed up with or unsubscribed to for market trends in emailing. More importantly for me, they save sanity by making the unsubscribing just the click of this button…
Simply click on the Unsubscribe button.
If you’re not ready to let go of the email subscription just yet, select Add to Rollup.
These emails are compiled into a daily email that looks something like this…
You will get an email with a snapshot of the emails you put into the Rollup category. I love this because I can see a quick view of the emails and decide if I’m interested in any of them quickly. Then I just select the email(s) I want to read out of the list and delete the rest quickly. Just FYI if you decide to do an email cleanup with Unroll.me, you will have to signup with each email account seperately.
Even with using this service, I have way way way too many emails. I have unsubscribed to over 300+ emails lately, have 24 in my rollup(in one email account), and 23 in my inbox(in one email account). There is still work to be done but baby steps for this email junky!