Email Overload!

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As I am preparing to take some much needed time off work (which includes spending ten days completely without email and another ten with limited access) I was thinking about some of the different things I can do to make my return to reality easier.

When I’ve taken vacations before, one of the things I’ve often felt overloaded by was the amount of email in my inbox that I have to sort through when I get back.  I decided to re-evaluate how much email is coming into my inbox everyday BEFORE I left this time.  I would guess I was getting between 40-60 emails per day.  I know there are plenty of people who get far more than that, but to me, that number still seems excessive, especially since the majority of it are not person-to-person emails – ie they were newsletters and such.

While going through my inbox, I took a good look at which emails I was actually reading and the ones I was deleting immediately or not even bothering to read.  Over the course of the last week I’ve unsubbed from at least 10 newsletters, multiple daily news bits, other notifications, and random blurbs that I wasn’t even sure how I got on their list.  I’ve been able to reduce the amount of email coming in by at least a third so far, and I’m keeping my eyes out for any other email groups/lists I may have forgotten.

When was the last time you did an evaluation of your email?  Just like paper junk mail that comes into our homes, there are ways to stop the junk email before it even gets into your inbox.  If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed with the number of emails you get, maybe it’s time to take a break from some of the lists or newsletters you’re subscribed to.  Email can be clutter too!

How are you reducing clutter in your cyber world?


Professional Organizer and Coach at Synergy Organizing

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