A new year just feels like the right time for a fresh start, doesn’t it? This year, I am determined to use my online time more strategically … and that means taking a good, hard look at my in-box.
Does anyone need to subscribe to 496 email lists? No, I didn’t think so. Which is why I am in love with the service Unroll.me.
Come clean, girls! I know I’m not the only person who wakes up to 50+ new emails, only to find that they are almost all junk. Well, not quite junk. I sometimes care that J.Crew is having 25% off all new styles or blah, blah, blah. But it is sooooo tiresome to wade through all those emails. Well, not any more.
The geniuses behind Unroll.me have figured how to identify all of your subscription emails … and then they neatly list them for you. You choose which ones you want to unsubscribe from (with one click!!), which ones you want to keep in your inbox, and which ones can be “rolled up” into a single email that you receive once per day. Ummm, hello, why wouldn’t you sign up for that?!?! I unsubscribed from 260 email lists — how painful is that?! — and rolled up the other 236.
Now I get one email from Unroll.me each afternoon. I chose the “Grid View,” which means my Rollup contains a snapshot of each subscription email. If I want to check out new styles at Gap Kids, I simply click on the snapshot and go straight to the actual email in my Unroll.me archive.
Best of all? The whole process took no more than 10 minutes and — if you assume 400 junk emails per week at an average time to handle of 15 seconds each — gave me an extra 88 hours in my 2014. (400 emails x 15 seconds x 53 weeks /3,600 seconds in an hour = 88.33, if you want to check my math!)