Monday, February 20, 2012

Minimalist Monday: Unsubscribing To Unwanted Email

Every day, I turn on my computer with the hopes of receiving unexpected emails from a childhood friend, a site telling me that I won one of their giveaways, or a company interested in sponsoring a review and giveaway.  Instead, I log on only to find countless spam mail from people and companies I've never even heard of.  So then I spend the next 30 minutes or so going through them making sure I don't accidentally delete an important email.  30 minutes!

Do you know what I could have done in 30 minutes?  A nice yoga session.  Read a chapter or two from a good book.  Taken a nice stroll around the neighborhood.  Written a couple of meaningful, long awaited letters to family or friends.  Browsed through a magazine from beginning to end.  Posted another blog article or review.  Or...or...slept 30 more minutes!  210 precious minutes every week wasted on looking at and deleting spam mail.  Ridiculous!

Chances are, if you're reading this, you're either laughing at me, because you were too smart to sign up for subscriptions to every interesting site that has come across your screen, OR you just realized that you were nodding in agreement, because you too, have the same problem every day!

So, what do we do?  UNSUBSCRIBE!!!

Before our 3rd child was born last year, I found myself trying to make money by taking surveys online. At first, it wasn't so bad.  I spent maybe an hour or so completing small and easy surveys from about five or six different online sites.  That went on for about a month.  Then, I started my blog, our baby was born, and before I knew it, I didn't have time for the surveys anymore.  But I didn't unsubscribe to them, and I get about 100 or so emails from these sites almost every day.  Talk about annoying!  Along with these surveys, I get emails from coupon sites and drug stores like CVS and Walgreens, but since we've started on a trek to only eating organic food and using all-natural household, beauty, and health products,  I've subscribed to sites that specialize and cater to these new-found interests, thus making my previous subscriptions almost unnecessary.

As you subscribe to new sites, it is easy to forget about unsubscribing to the old ones.  And if you don't, you'll be amazed at how quickly you'll find yourself opening up your email box and finding hundreds, if not thousands, of useless email that wastes valuable time you could spend on more important things in sleep!


Michelle said...

I know how you feel! I get a crazy amount of email - I'm constantly unsubscribing. But I still feel like I may miss out on something important or interesting...I guess I'm kinda lame.

Peace. ;)

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