SPAMALOT! – Or “How To Save Yourself An Hour A Day”

We’re having a quiet weekend at home after a hectic week and getting hunkered down against the cold. We’re doing lots of family things but we also have time to ourselves when Sausage likes to watch a film, Husband likes to play a game on his PC and I attend to blogging bits and pieces.

One thing I have vowed to get a handle on is the amount of spam that lands in my inbox. I don’t mean the fake cheap Viagra or Cote D’Ivoirian princesses offering to share their gold that Gmail deals with on my behalf and that I don’t even see; I’m talking about the countless newsletters, updates and notifications that I get everyday.

Most days, I wake up to at least 40 emails in my inbox and while I may not be the tidiest person in real life, I’m not the sort of person who can let her inbox build up. Having masses of unread emails drives me to distraction, so I tend to deal with emails as they come in, or at the very least read them and leave them in my inbox to be dealt with later. I also subscribe to a lot of blogs and often wake up to emails of new posts, many of which I’ll save to remind me to read properly when I have the time.

The ones that are getting on my nerves are things like ‘Daily Digest’ emails from LinkedIn groups (which I NEVER read and tend to immediately delete) and sales emails from the likes of Pixmania, Amazon, Jessops and Photobox. I’ve come to the conclusion that, far from saving me money or showing me great deals, these emails are eating into my life and wasting my time EVERY SINGLE DAY. I reckon, on average, when I think about the sheer amount of emails that I’m deleting every day, I probably spend about an hour altogether dealing with crap.

So I’m taking a stand. I’m going on a mass unsubscribing spree and reclaiming the time that I spend everyday dealing with what is, essentially, unsolicited and useless information.

I challenge you to do the same.

Look at your inbox when you wake up (or at your busiest time for emails) and assess how many of them you ever open. If you automatically delete a certain email every time you get it, UNSUBSCRIBE! I know there’s a temptation to stay subscribed, just in case you might save yourself a few pence on a really great deal, but the time you save is actually far more valuable to you and your life in the long run. I guarantee you’ll feel a sense of relief when you start to notice the difference it makes to your day and it’s a great start to decluttering your life.

This even extends to Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels – I’ve massively streamlined who I follow on Twitter as I found I was reading about 10% of the tweets that were showing up in my feed and missing stuff that I actually wanted to see. Same with Facebook, I skip past SO many things on my timeline and it didn’t even occur to me to unsuscribe from things. Now is the time to take a stand! If you still get updates from pages you liked in 2007, the chances are they are no longer relevant to to and just waste time that you could be spending looking at things you enjoy.

Anyway, I’m off for a spring clean of my online world!

4 thoughts on “SPAMALOT! – Or “How To Save Yourself An Hour A Day”

  1. I came to this conclusion with my twitter and have started by unfollowing those who I have no interest in that aren’t even following back. This has cut me down to a few thousand who I’m slowly trying to categories. But mail unsubscribing – it’s so simple but so genius – YES it wastes LOADS of my day! Thank you.

  2. I’m with you honey. Thing is that I use a spam filter on my blog that means I have to manually approve comment. I get at least 500 comments a day (only 5 of which are genuine). I get an email for every one. I reckon I spend 1 hour a day on this alone. It’s KILLING me x

  3. I have different email addresses for personal stuff, online accounts and general spam. Makes life much easier as every so often I can do bulk clear-outs.

  4. They are a real nuisance but you should be aware that many of these emails don’t unsubscribe you when you click the button. They just then have proof that you’re a real person with a real email address. Very tempting for them to continue. It’s a no win situation. I’ve unsubscribed to many and then been bombarded with more emails saying “did we do something wrong?” and “is it goodbye?” It’s all such bollocks really and sometimes causes more hassle to unsubscribe than it does to just hit delete.

    CJ x

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