I have this process I go through each morning when I open my email accounts.
It occurred to me one day that I was systematically deleting some of the same emails each morning, but I guess FOMO (fear of missing out) was preventing me from unsubscribing altogether.
I rationalized how little time it takes to delete an unwanted email. However, once I began to look at how often I did that and how many of those types of emails I had coming in each day, I understood that this was a complete waste of time for the hope that one day the email would be relevant.
Somehow I get subscribed to lists all the time. I might have ordered an item or given my name to a cashier at a check out, not sure, but there are new recurring emails that arrive all the time and I now have a better process.
Each Monday I set aside my usual ten minutes or so and review my inbox. Instead of systematically deleting the irrelevant emails, I open them and unsubscribe. I do this each week and usually delete about ten accounts each week.
This exercise may not give you back a ton of time, but it certainly is one activity that will pay for itself from your initial investment each week. I encourage you to take a deep dive into your inbox and see if there is some clutter you might clean out as well.
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