I can hear this phrase singing in my head every year. “Cut back! Loose extra weight! Get trim to do more!” This year, I’m doing something different. The “weight” I want to loose this year is hanging around my email box not my middle (albeit, there’s plenty around my midriff that needs to be shed as well). For me, I wake up to over 60 new emails per day. Of those 60 messages, 5 are important, 15 are urgent but not important, and a full 40 are from email lists, promotions and newsletters that I end up deleting. Here is a sample of my “extra weight” email subscriptions that daily ping the sanity out of my schedule:
amazon – mint – leadership network – Christianity today – worldwide brands – rick warren – create space – apple – Microsoft office live – 48days – regular investing – Angie’s list – Barnes and Noble – Borders – Writers Digest – Writers University – Writers Edge – Wine is it….. (I could go on, but I’ll spare you the extra weight).
Here are some questions to ask as you go on your “email un-subscription” diet:
1. Have I read this subscription within the last 3 months? If not, UNSUBSCRIBE!
2. If I’ve read any part of the subscription, has it added value to my life in a significant way? If not, UNSUBSCRIBE!
3. If I’ve read the subscription, have I been able to use it to add value to others in my life? If not, UNSUBSCRIBE!