With the holidays approaching, it’s a known fact that your inbox is about to be flooded with emails. Sales, deals and offers from stores and companies you never even knew you subscribed to. Spam somehow sneaks past your spam folder and winds up pushing that email from your boss down to the bottom where you will NEVER see it. 2,463 emails later, you are exhausted just thinking about your inbox.
Let’s all take a few minutes… say 10-15 minutes. While waiting for the doctor or sitting on the train, tackle just a few of your unwanted emails. Almost every company includes a link at the bottom of the email that says “UNSUBSCRIBE”. Click it, trust us. You can customize how many emails you receive from that store or company, whether it’s 1 per week or none at all. You don’t really need 12 emails a day from Ebay, do you? No.
Maybe a recruiter doesn’t know you took a job you love six months ago, shoot them an email. Not only do you get to brag a little, but you also won’t get emails about new jobs every week. Same with Indeed or LinkedIn or other job search tools; once you get a new job, or change your job search, you can just customize that through the link at the bottom of the email.
If you are feeling really motivated, sort the spam into sections. Maybe you want to see your favorite store’s weekly deals. Send them to a special folder so they don’t interfere with work or just create a different email account that you can send all of your spam. Next time you sign up, you can put that email in. Then it’s there if you want to read it, and if not, you can get to it when you want.
Little things like cleaning out your inbox will eliminate that much more stress from the busy holidays, which are stressful enough. How happy will you be to not have to look at the daunting red circle with a huge number in it on your phone?