Hello friends! I’m in the home stretch of the absolutely GLORIOUS 25-day vacation my family is on in Switzerland. It has been so rejuvenating to get away from home, to scale back enormously on my daily responsibilities, and to bask in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain views. I took the picture below because the views looked so much like a huge painting that if I hadn’t seen it for myself, I wouldn’t have believed that it was real. 🙂
But my email inbox couldn’t care less about me being on vacation. All the messages just keep pouring in, hour by hour. And as a Type A personality, I can get bogged down in trying to keep my inbox reasonably tidy. And since I’m not as distracted while on vacation, I’ve been able to actually pay attention to some of the junk cluttering up my email instead of simply going on a deleting rampage every morning.
While on vacation, I’ve been unsubscribing to stuff left and right, and it has been awesome! I realized that I spend, at a minimum, 10-15 minutes every single day glancing over and deleting messages that I don’t want to read. But while on vacation I’ve taken the time to start unsubscribing to those emails and every day, I notice my inbox gets a little bit less cluttered. Yes, I am spending more time right now on those messages, but the payoff is huge, because once I unsubscribe, they are gone forever instead of coming back again tomorrow (I’m looking at you, Kohl’s emails! You are out of control!).
And my plan when I get back home is to commit to unsubscribing to one item per day until I’m pretty much only getting emails that I want. I know I won’t have the time to scrutinize multiple messages each day like I do right now, but I can properly handle the permanent removal of one annoying email per day, I am certain.
This is a very easy habit to form, especially if you only make yourself take time for one problematic email per day. If you have a stretch of time to do more, by all means, go for it. But at least do one. Before you know it, you will start to notice a difference when you log into your email, I promise. It may only seem like it takes a few seconds to delete those annoying emails that you don’t want to read, but I promise you, they are taking precious minutes out of your day every single day, and those are minutes that you can get back for good!
Cheers to reclaiming more of your time!