Week 1: Unroll.me – You’re here!
Week 2: Bills in your Inbox took care of the important money items in your inbox.
Week 3: Eliminating Social Media notifications could be another BIG WIN for you in taking back control of your inbox.
10 Steps to Email Inbox ZERO: Step 1 Purge your newsletter email lists.
I mention every once in awhile on Facebook when I get my email inbox to zero. And I get the normal comments that I would expect like “I’ll never get there “or “I hit inbox ZERO, too.”
So, when I was working with a client last week, she said – I want you to help me get to inbox zero. I figure there are probably a few more readers out there that would like help with the same goal.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and I realize that it’s not one blog post or one thing that you could do to get to inbox zero; it is a series of steps. And while I could list them in this blog post and completely overwhelm you, I’m choosing to make this a series of 10 blog posts.
Each week, I will explain to you one thing that I do to manage my email inbox. That way, you can implement that one idea while waiting for me to give you the next one.
This week is step 1 – Purge your newsletter email lists.
We are going to get off of all of the newsletter lists that you signed up for. Maybe you enrolled to get a freebie… or it was a great idea at the time… or you wanted to support a cause way back in 1997…. and you’re still on that email list.
I want you to go to unroll.me
This program will sync with your Internet email provider and pull up all of the newsletters that you are subscribed to.
Unsubscribing using unroll.me is much faster than replying to each email and unsubscribing from them individually.
Also, unroll.me will not take you to the unsubscribe page that most newsletters set up where you have to double opt out of their newsletter.
There are two schools of thought on unrolling yourself from newsletters.
First, you may want to just unsubscribe from the ones that you know you’ll never read, leaving some in there that you may or may not read.
The second is to ruthlessly unsubscribe from almost everything. That’s what I do. Honestly, you have a ton of email coming in and are you reading all of those newsletters that come in anyway? Could you just go to the website and get the information that you want when you want it? And is it being sent to your spam folder anyway and you never see it to begin with?
We go through phases in our lives. I found that most newsletters are applicable to me for anywhere from 3 to 9 months. There are only a handful of newsletters that I have read for more than one year.
And I would say that’s even true for my newsletter. Maybe you’re in a phase of life where you really want to get organized, so you subscribe to my newsletter and you follow my posts into the different things that I say. But then you move or you have a baby or you get a different job and your life gets more hectic and you don’t have time to devote to “getting organized “now.
It’s okay to unsubscribe. I plan on being here later when you need me again.
Now, after you’ve stopped the new newsletters from coming in, I want you to go back to your inbox and delete all of the newsletters in there that you’re not going to read.
For some of you, this could take a few hours. I know you might be staring at 13,000 unread emails. Do it! If you don’t do it now, you’re not gonna do it later. It is never going to be a good time.
Enough lecturing? Seriously, you can get from 13,000 emails down to zero during this series if you do each step that I tell you to do. So eliminate those newsletters coming in and delete them from your inbox if they’re there now.
Leave me a comment when you’re done! I want to cheer you on!