Welcome to the New Year, baby! Fresh month, fresh diary, fresh….500 unread emails in your inbox?
Am I the only one who’s a little scared how quickly those emails can pile up when I’m not checking them on a regular (let’s be honest- hourly) basis? A few days of tech-free bliss and all of a sudden I’m staring down the barrel of hours of clearing out the inbox. And while I probably could just bulk delete all of them, what if I miss the perfect email? The one that is meant for me? That killer sale that I’ve been waiting for my whole life? (Or just the 25% of all class enrollments at my studio that my bank balance seriously needed to hear right now. Not all sales are bad sales, people).
As I sat on the couch, overwhelmed by the digital landslide and fighting the urge to hit refresh and see if anything else had arrived since I loaded the page thirty seconds ago, I decided that it was time to make a change for the new year.
No more mindless engagement.
2018 is for me, baby, and I’m taking my inbox back. Goodbye, weekly sales emails from that clothing brand that I used to love until their prices went up and their dresses all shrunk in the wash. Sayonara, all those email newsletters from tough-talking gurus that are just filled with a hard sell and cool kid lingo. Seeya later, brand offers that I’m no longer going to be tempted by. You and me are through.
If you don’t want to go through the immensely satisfying path of opening every single new email and asking yourself if you really need that content in 2018 (Mari Kondo, eat your heart out), there are a number of tools that are happy to help you with your inbox massacre.
- Outlook offers a ‘Sweep’ function that will take a bulk action on your behalf for any emails from a certain sender.
- Deseat.me will comb through your emails and compile a comprehensive list of every service you’ve subscribed to, and allow you to tick the ones you’re ready to part with.
- Unroll.me will do a very similar service, but proceed with caution if you’re not keen to have your data onsold
- Mailstrom.co will bundle your emails into similar categories and then let you group-action them with a few clicks (but it does come with a pricetag).
But between the two of us, doing it the old-school way is a really great way to justify a lazy few hours on the couch with a movie- after all, it’s admin!
If you do want to watch a movie, You’ve Got Mail is always an excellent choice