Over the course of the next few weeks and months I will be doing a series of posts following our progress with our 'Year of Less'. We really hope to simplify so much of our lives, little things, big things it all adds up. When you have a multitude of things to think about, look after and actually do, it takes up time both physically and mentally.
After being away for a couple of days over the Christmast period and getting back to a huge amount of emails I came to the very quick decision that cutting back on these would be one of the first things I would set my mind to. Now don't get me wrong I love getting emails from friends and family and even from companies that I enjoy using that keep me up to date with their products. But when my email address is sold onto every organisation that I may have a sliver of an interest in and I am being asked to fill in questionnaires and surveys which are obviously just going to lead to another trail of emails landing with a thud and a ping in my inbox well that's when it's time to call it a day.
Since last week when I have been opening my emails my first task has been to unsubscribe from as many companies as possible, some rather annoyingly state that 'this will take between 7-14 days to come into effect', why for goodness sake, well as they are now bombarding me with additional emails they obviously think they are going to turn themselves into my best friend before their deadline looms - WRONG - I hate you even more. Other companies simply say 'thank you' and let me go happily on my email free way - thank you.
It really is working, instead of lots of emails to scan through and delete, I can just get down to reading what I want to read in the time I have to read it. There are still a few unwanted ones slipping through but already they are getting thinner and thinner on the ground and when I open my Inbox I get to see emails names from people that I know and want to read.
It's a small step maybe but definitely one in the right direction.