By on Jun 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

            I’m sure you’ve heard of it, the carnival game in which you are given a mallet so you can attempt to whack the little creatures that pop up randomly and persistently from the holes in the game board. I recently engaged in a different form of whack-a-mole. Mine was whack-an-email.

            I sat down in front of my laptop with my primary email account open. My main objective was to find and remove my email address from a minimum of ten email lists for which I don’t read the incoming emails. I did my best to be non-discriminatory, and I unsubscribed from and then deleted emails related to political matters, news alerts and real estate. I chose to do this rather than continually just delete the emails every time I open my box because I’m tired of wasting my time filtering through all the emails I know I’m not going to open to try to find the ones that matter.

            Here’s my suggestion to you. Go through your email box after not opening any emails for a day or two, depending upon the volume of email you typically receive. Identify the ones who frequently send you emails (one or more per day) which you do not read and habitually delete. Open them, find the unsubscribe button, and get off their list.

            There are two things, though, that I don’t want you to do. First, please don’t unsubscribe from my emails! Thank you. Second, don’t get sucked into reading the content of those emails or trying to understand the marketing behind them. Your job is very simple. Whack a bunch of emails so they don’t pop back up in your inbox.

            After unsubscribing from ten or so lists, wait a week or two and see how your email box looks. Then you can determine if you need to go another round whacking emails.

            Email can be a very powerful tool, or it can be a persistent annoyance. Make your work time more productive by keeping your emails under control.


  1. I recently did just this Jeff. Both my business and personal email accounts were getting out of control. It was amazing how many emails I get on a daily basis that are just solicitations masked to look like very important “must open” email. It is time to go round two now. And no, I will not delete your emails. I look forward to these every week.

    Shari J

    June 15, 2017

  2. I’ve also been doing this. The frustrating part is that some of them do NOT “unsuscribe” even after a reasonable wait! Any other suggestions to get rid of those?


    June 15, 2017

  3. I so need to do this

    ed billheimer

    June 15, 2017

  4. Great tips! I do this once a week. It is awesome! Also, uninstall social media from your phone and turn off the tv. It is amazing at how much more time I have! Gotta run. There is a concert tonight. Life beckones…

    Carl Edmunds

    June 15, 2017

  5. I have done that in the past, but be warned, many spammers use ‘unsubscribe’ to gage whether an email address is active or not. If you unsubscribe to one of these you will get your email address sold to even more spammers. I know, because it happened to me.

    Only unsubscribe to emails that you know won’t sell your address to someone else.


    June 16, 2017

  6. I get 600 or more emails each day. I started tossing them into my spam folder and then empty the spam folder each day. Now my spam folder gets 600 or more emails each day and I just empty it mostly daily.

    Phillip Rendahl

    July 3, 2017

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