I don't know about your experience, but for the last 5 years or so, I have spent about 30 minutes going through the unsolicited and unwanted emails that have shown up every day in my email box. Of the typical 150 or so emails, at least 50-75 could just be deleted based on the source and the subject line.
About 60 days ago, I finally just said "enough already!!!" and against Conventional Wisdom, I began officially hitting the Unsubscribe button on those emails. Conventional Wisdom is that all that happens if you "unsubscribe" is that it alerts the source of these spam emails that they have found a live target. Once they know that you are alive and responsive, they will just hit you with more more more of their emails.
There has actually been a little bit of that. HOWEVER, the overwhelming majority of the emails have just gone away. As things stand now, I am only getting about 30 emails a day. Almost all of them are coming from real people who have something I need to know about. About a third are coming from professional sources that I really can't cancel, such as the home-office of my broker-franchise or my local Board.
Some of the things I have canceled are my favorite retail sources. Canceling those subscriptions took me being brave, really brave. I had to gently walk myself through the reality that those emails are total time vampires...and it is common for me to click on the emails to open the websites and then I loose 5 or 10 minutes just day dreaming and not ordering. I clicked on the unsubscribe button for those emails, too. I know who those retailers are. I know how to find their websites when and if I actually need something they sell.
Bottom line here? Let me tell you how much faster it is now for me to respond to my email.....
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