I have the best job ever. I really shouldn't complain. I work from home, I manage my own schedule, I get to talk about cool new products and babble on about my family. Seriously, awesome. But there's one thing that comes along with blogging that is pretty much the bane of my existence: TONS of emails. For the longest time, I didn't know how to manage email and it consumed hours of my day.
I eventually figured out how to manage email by filtering most of the newsletters into a separate folder in Gmail so my inbox wasn't inundated every single day. I created a filter setting so that all emails with common newsletter terms like “opt out,” “unsubscribe,” “enews,” “update profile,” etc would skip the inbox and go to straight a folder that I titled “Newsletter.” But then, that folder got really out of hand. A lot of important updates I subscribe to, invites and blogging opportunities come in the form of newsletters. My one-on-one business emails were separate, but annoying company alerts were getting mixed up with valid business updates and again, I was stuck sorting through a big mess. I tried unsubscribing one-by-one to stuff I didn't need (or never even signed up for!) but that's really tedious.
Enter Unroll.me. Unroll.me is a free online service that takes all of my newsletter-type emails (I assume it uses many of the same filters that I specified for my “Newsletters” folder, because it never includes any of my personal emails) and rolls them up into categories, sending me a convenient breakdown of my newsletters every day.
It categorizes newsletters by type, so I can click over to the Unroll.me site and choose to see only the newsletters I want, broken down into subjects like education, business, lifestyle, etc.
Then, if there are any pesky emails that I don't want to be bothered with anymore, I simply hover over the email and click to edit settings…
And unsubscribe. I don't have to deal with any annoying opt-out forms or jump through a bunch of hoops. It's all done for me and I have a cleaner inbox.
Now that you know how to manage email better, what will YOU do with all that extra time?
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