It’s time to unsubscribe from unwanted emails
If you’re like us, you’ve probably subscribed to a ton of different businesses and services. Most are the result of a one-time purchase you made for the aunt whose truly obscure interest forced you to buy her gift from a website you will never return to. Since then, you have received a regular reminder that your aunt loves porcelain miniature horse figures.
Bringing all the different services together and getting off those lists can be overwhelming. You might consider simply blacklisting them through your email. It’s definitely an option, but they still have your email flowing. There’s also the option to unsubscribe when they arrive, but when on vacation and that weird larp newsletter your ex really loved pops up in the inbox, the tendency is to just delete it and dump it. try not to think about the time you bought a viking helmet.
And it’s not just the personal stuff that crowds out legitimate emails. All those emails you never requested for webinars you wouldn’t attend if your life depended on it are part of this ever-growing list of digital annoyances.
During the holidays, especially before and immediately after Thanksgiving, emails start coming in because every business has decided you need to buy their shit like now. For you, your business, a friend, your aunt or your ex. Black Friday, Cyber ââMonday, Give Me All Your Money Saturday. Either way, it generates an inbox full of junk mail that you don’t care about.
But, it also gives you an opportunity. Remember the time you bought a single croissant at a small town pastry shop that you will never visit again like two years ago? They’re back and they want you to buy more croissants. You haven’t heard from them since the pandemic, but it’s time for you to hear about their amazing vacation deals and they are shipping all over.
The good news is, unless a business is extremely shady, they’ll have an unsubscribe link in the footer of that email. Make the most of it. As every offer arrives in your inbox, this is your chance to collect them and get rid of them for good. This might be the one time of the year that everyone wants a chunk of your digital dollar, making them perfect targets for your blunt, indifferent unsubscribe click.
Of course, this is also a great time to keep the ones you really care about or to change your email preferences. Maybe a note every month from the garden store that only sells orchids is fine, but once a week it’s too many orchids.
It’s also a chance to remove multiple emails from subscriptions. We have certainly been guilty of using our work and personal emails for occasional purposes requiring us to endure the newsletter frenzy twice. You can reduce that number to one or even to zero!
Yes, there may be a time when the number of spam emails in your inbox skyrockets to astronomical numbers, but with just a few clicks you can save yourself a future of the same nonsense. Black Friday week is good for something after all.