I have spent the entire morning unsubscribing from the hundreds of unsolicited e-mails I have been receiving for the past couple of years. At first there were only a few, and then it seems like overnight they began populating my e-mail address, like a virus! More and more emails came into my inbox from unknown sources that I never signed up for. In fact, I rarely have signed up to receive e-mails from anyone, including retailers, yet they just keep on coming.
Everyday I have spent hours deleting emails from someone attempting to sell me something. It has became so stressful and time-consuming that today was my day to spend the morning “unsubscribing” to most of the unsolicited sites that I am bombarded with each and every day. With every hit of the unsubscribe button, I felt an empowerment, as if I had just taken my life back. I will not be bullied anymore by people and businesses that have been abusing me with these unsolicited emails for so many years.
Perhaps it is only symbolic that I feel less abused, yet it is a first step in getting my life organized, so I can focus on what really is important for me to accomplish. Some sites were harder to say good-bye to than others. I was tempted to keep Saks Fashion Fix, Nordstrom’s and Brooks Brothers on board, but realized that every time I received a sales message from them, I would immediately go to their site and start shopping!
These retailer sites were certainly working in giving me a reason to shop, as if I need a reason! I am a great shopper, but I will reserve my shopping for after work hours when I can spend time looking without distracting me from work. Will I miss some “flash sales?” Yes, I am sure I will, yet I will be able to be free from other people who are interfering with my privacy by sending me unsolicited emails.
The good news is that it is easier to unsubscribe from many of the sites I was on than it was in the past. For most sites, it was just the hit of a button with a promise to unsubscribe me. I am hoping within a few weeks to be rid of most of my unsolicited emails. The truth is there will be more, but this time I will stand up to them and unsubscribe immediately rather than waiting for years.
It is time for me to have a healthy relationship with my “inbox” and clear the clutter from my life!
Have you cleared yours lately?