Have you noticed that every time you go shopping the store clerks now ask you for your email address. I stop for a moment and think, Do I want to share my email address with them. Do I trust they aren’t planning on filling up my inbox with emails I have no interest in?
- Maybe I should, maybe I shouldn’t
- Well they have great sales, do I want to know about their sales?
In A moment of Hesitation… I’m Sucked In!
Oh, at the moment I don’t know. So in a moment of not being sure, I give them my email. That afternoon I check my email to my surprise I have several email from the store I just left. No big deal I’ll just delete them. Then the next day several more! You get the picture, within days I have lots of emails from just the one store! If I give out my email to 5 or 10 stores that could mean hundreds of emails over the course of a month I would have to sift through just to find the really important stuff I need to read!
This Became A Problem
I had this happen to me and boy was it a pain. Yes, I do like to know about sales going on at my favorite stores. I just don’t want to get lots of emails I will never read. This became a problem for me when I missed something that was important because I had to many emails that were unimportant so I deleted the page of emails and deleted the one thing I should not have deleted. I had to find a solution!
What I thought Might be a Solution
I set out to unsubscribe to about 18 different email lists I was on. Well a few days went by and I still received emails from a few of the places. Oh No, they haven’t updated their unsubscribe link in ages! Or I had to go to several different pages just to unsubscribe, did I really unsubscribe? I wasn’t sure. I know I’ll find out soon enough, like clock work the emails will come. That they did. So I tried again, this time I was successful I’m unsubscribed! Some stores make it difficult to unsubscribe in hope you will give in and keep receiving there emails.
How I categorized My Email
Now that I have cleaned up my sacred space, my inbox! What am I going to do to keep it that way?
- I want my work email to be just that my work email.
- I want my private email to be the place I get those emails I know without a doubt I will be reading everything I have sent there. All those blogs I follow that I love the information they send me every week.
- I have a house email where things are sent that are very important that can’t be lost or that needs to be sent to Evernote for safe keeping.
- I have an email just for all those stores that ask for an email.
By The Way…
If you love reading my blog over on the side you will see a subscribe button, I would love to send you an email once a week of my favorite things. I promise not to fill your inbox with junk you do not want to read.
This Is What I Did…
I have an email set up just for all the stores that ask for an email. I can check it if I want and read the emails I want to and then I can delete the whole page without deleting something that is important. It is emails that are from stores with shopper cards, or a store that asks for your email.This email is never used for important things.Make sure to make it easy to remember the password too. I chose a password I could remember and wrote it down in a place by my computer so I would have it when I wanted to log in.
I then have another email Our House email for things for our bill pay, insurance documents, payments receipts, and really important emails that most of the emails get sent to Evernote to be saved in files for future reference when needed.
Then I have a personal email where I send things I want to read regularly. Like subscriptions to blogs just like this one.
It sounds complicated but its not. I set things up like this to stop having so many emails that I didn’t want to sort through just to get to what I need. Everything has it’s place and I know where to go when I need something. No more searching through hundreds of emails just to find one email!
I know you’re thinking, Wow! that’s a lot of emails! Yes it may be more than you have ever used, but when its set up properly and you set up your inbox so everything has it’s place to live it is so easy.
In a later post this month I will walk you through setting up your inbox so you can find everything.
Have a great day!