Today is going great. Firstly I have five whole days off which is awesome for blogging and doing things I want to however tragic for my pay. But these five days will help me catch up on things and be organised.

I say I am having a more productive day than usual as I am finally sorting through my emails.

4,234 of them.


I feel I do have a lot of productive days as I love to write everyday and I am always out of the hostel. However one thing has stressed me out recently despite not doing anything about it and this is my emails. I decided today to bite the bullet and get through them. This has felt incredibly therapeutic.

Yes, yes I do.

For anyone else in the same boat, it is surprisingly easy to get rid of 4,000 emails. Firstly, see which ones you get ALL the damn time from the companies you don’t care about. The spam that you always see and for whatever reason just turn a blind eye to. Type the name of the company in the search box and bam, 100+ emails are deleted with a click of a button.

Also make sure to click on one of the emails before deleting and hit that unsubscribe button. What I was worried about was whether companies would make my life difficult and tell me to go through all sorts of logins and pages to unsubscribe. This isn’t the case, so thank you to all these companies for making it pretty easy to stop getting emails from you.

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Yes, yes I will.

Literally a thousand emails deleted in the space of an hour or so. That’s a shit tonne of useless emails clogging my laptop and brain space. Why didn’t I do this earlier?

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I was at first reluctant as I knew I could be spending my time doing other things. But this is totally the wrong way to think. If I was doing other things I would be thinking about my emails. Once this is done and out of the way a huge weight will be lifted and I’ll have clarity and be much more relaxed. An afternoon of email deleting is such a wise investment in time, as is any kind or organising. It will mean the things I feel I should be doing instead will now be done without my mind being distracted and will be much more enjoyable now I have this out of the way.

I say that however I’m only half way through. But by this evening this will be down to zero and tomorrow will be feel amazing. I can’t bloody wait for that feeling. Years of procrastination reversed in a matter of hours.

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Sometimes what we perceive as the biggest mountains are the smallest molehills, we just need to face them to realise. Here’s to the next 2,594.



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17 thoughts

  1. This is one of my most despised tasks. To the tune of.. um..33,000 + emails in my box. Those are just the unread ones. They date back to 2010. You’ve given me some inspiration. I like how you reframed your thinking on the task. Here’s to a weight off tbe mind.

    1. 33,000! I guess I am bless to have just 4,000 haha. I guess even 33,000 is manageable, may take a few days but that is nothing considering they date back to 2010 🙂

    1. They do arrive constantly, makes them hard to manage. However knowing most are probably spam or just not worthy of reading makes deleting a lot easier. Go for it!

  2. Email has a way of creeping up quickly. I’ve been putting it off as well, time to get to it and get it back to zero! And then… photos, which for me far exceeds email.

    1. It really does! I thankfully have organised photos and do so every day, managing and deleting. Probably because this is necessary for my blog. I hope you get those emails organised!

  3. That’s interesting. I see thousands of e-mails in my inbox, but they take up literally 0 space in my brain. In other news, Chicago’s favorite weatherman, Tom Skilling, highlighted a report that the roads are melting over there. Is it true?

    1. I guess we all differ in what occupies our minds and bugs us, for me its certainly my lack or organisation! And I haven’t heard of roads melting, however they could well be, Sydney and Melbourne and I am sure a few other areas have been getting some really hot weather.

  4. My u read emails are always by the 180-230 count. If they go above that it’s decluttering time for me!

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