I’ve been slowly unsubscribing to a lot of newsletters and promotional emails to address my email situation. My inbox is currently housing about 15,000 unread emails and I’m trying to get to the bottom of it.
For the longest time, I felt that I was in control of my inbox, even if it was overstuffed and overflowing with emails calling for my attention. I can decide what to open, hence, I was in control. Wrong.
I wasn’t in control because I still had to process and then decide if I wanted to open the email, which led to decision fatigue, taking away my finite amount of attention from other activities.
I’m trying to figure out a way to mass unsubscribe from promotional emails and alerts from social media. I want to focus on what’s currently important to me instead of letting other people’s agenda dominate my day.
There are a couple of services such as Unroll.me and GetUnsubscriber that are designed to help you to manage your inbox, but the thought of giving a third-party access to my email makes me think twice, especially after watching the hit show Black Mirror and listening to Note to Self podcast.
I’ll report back on how I decluttered my inbox and my recommended services as soon as I figure it out. And I hope that it’s not the old fashioned way of unsubscribing as I receive them.