clutterUnsubscribe from newsletters you no longer read.

It is dreadfully easy to find yourself on 10-50-100 newsletter lists.

If they all publish once a week, that’s an extra 10-50-100 emails each week (520 – 2600 – 5200 each year).

Let’s face it, none of them is important enough to interrupt your job on a daily basis.

It’s a good practice to re-evaluate the newsletters and ezines you are receiving. Tell the truth – are you reading it? Are you interested in the topic? Are you feeling guilty for NOT reading it?

Unsubscribe from those you don’t read or are not interested in.

Also unsubscribe from those you didn’t subscribe to in the first place!

Clear out the clutter. Free up the space and energy for something more important.


© Terry Monaghan, 2013 ~ All Rights Reserved

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  1. Sue Painter says:

    I do confess to enjoying the browse through many e-zines – it helps me keep up with what people are doing, what’s trending. But it does have to be manageable. Sometimes a massive unsubscribe is just what is needed to help focus on projects.

    • Terry says:

      After all, we can always go back and pick up the newsletters at a later date… I am with you about seeing trends, etc. I usually get that by going through them in batches. It’s just when I am all of a sudden receiving 10-30 in a day that it gets unmanageable.

  2. Mira Dessy says:

    It’s so funny that you should post this just now, I was recently realizing that a quick spin through my mailboxes (yes, that’s plural) was mostly and exercise in delete delete delete. Time to go prune through and pick the ones that really matter.

    • Terry says:

      Exactly! (I also have multiple mailboxes – that’s not necessarily a problem.) But when I find myself deleting more than I am reading, or when newsletters pile up in a folder and I haven’t gotten in to read any of them, it’s time for me to re-evaluate and pare down.

  3. Re-evaluate, re-evaluate, re-evaluate!!

    All areas of your life — and often.

    Love, Katherine.

  4. Great advice and really great image!!!

  5. Such timely advice! I need to definitely do a spring clean. Between the ones I have subscribed to over the past 5 years, the ones I get signed up for without my permission (which I hate), and all of the “special announcement” emails, I have tons of unread emails every week. Time to go on an “unsubscribe spree”!

    • Terry says:

      Yes, Doreen – I consider it a form of Spring cleaning. It’s amazing how freeing it is, not to mention how nice it is to NOT have those extra emails cluttering up the inbox. And I’m with you – hate the ones where I didn’t give permission.

  6. Mitch Tublin says:

    Advice to be followed for certain. What still amazes me are the people who meet you
    or obtain your name from a list and then BOOM! you are now getting their ezine by email.
    Most of these have the unsubscribe at the bottom. Recently, many of these do not have the
    unsubscribe and never take me off their list so SPAM is where they go to.

  7. UNSUB — it’s going to be my motto for this week! And it’s so easy and quick — that’s the great part about it. I wish all “clutter” was this easy to remove from my life … 🙂

  8. Lisa Manyon says:


    Sound advice and more evidence that it’s VITAL to create sticky and relevant content.

    Write on!~

    Lisa Manyon

    • Terry says:

      Yep, probably why my newsletter also has a high open rate, even when the list is small…