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Syonyk

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Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:05:27 PM »
At the start of this year, I set out to tame, substantially, my email.  I was tired of getting dozens of promotional emails a day (and, admittedly, the little dopamine hit from checking email even though I didn't care about the mail was getting old), so I set out to resolve this - and began unsubscribing from everything I didn't care about, or marking as spam (at this point, anything getting into my inbox seems to have a working unsubscribe link - thanks, Google Apps!).

Then, as that torrent subsided, I set about finding more stuff to get rid of.  Recently, I've changed around my eBay notifications so I don't get email for "ordered, shipped, delivered."  Just one.  Thanks, I can check if I care to, but I don't actually care about it being delivered, because I'll find that out when I go check the mail.  And I've trimmed back Facebook notifications, though FFS, they make it hard...

About 2 months ago, I started attacking paper junk mail as well.  I get a lot of charity contribution requests for some reason, and I've started sending them back with "Thanks, but please take me off your list..." type messages.  If they send something nice, I'll toss in a few dollars (like, paper ones), but still tell them to remove me - and, so far, this seems to actually work.  Surprisingly.  Most of the financial junk mail I get is of the "Enter this URL to be instantly approved!" variety, but the stuff with a prepaid return envelope?  I send them their entire mailing material back, and usually tape a few coins to the paper for both added weight and greater annoyance, along with a request to stop sending me junk.

It seems like it's not the type of thing that should work, but, wow.  I'm getting a lot less junk mail in my mailbox now!  Try it, if you happen to be bored and want to do your little part to help both improve your sanity and reduce the amount of pointless tree killing going on!
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Re: Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 02:32:03 AM »
My email inbox is terrible. I have a "but what if I need to know when the sale is on to buy the thing?" problem. Guess I should accept there's always a sale on, and I either need it urgently so cost doesn't matter or I can set up a list and wait for EOFY or similar.

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Re: Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2018, 07:27:44 AM »
I read an interesting 'life hack' a few years back that said nearly every retailer with your email address will send you an ad around black Friday. I'm not a shopper in any sense of the word, so I choose black Friday to sip my cup of coffee while I unsubscribe to all of the nonsense. It's significantly cut down on the spam email I get.

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Re: Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 09:33:32 AM »
I got a  junk mail supplier to take me off their list and also send a sticker for my mailbox.   My recycling bin is so much emptier, and some trees have been saved.  If I actually want to buy something I can look it up online, I don't need the paper every week.

Junk email - I also get the dopamine hit - you have 5 emails.  But none are worth reading.  Maybe it is time to get off of some of the mailing lists.

Black Friday  - I just can't even.  Thanksgiving is the 3rd Monday in October, so why are we doing sales on another country's shopping day?  So silly.  We are not off work.  The sales end up being all week, so it is silly to call them Black Friday sales.
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Re: Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2018, 02:20:50 PM »
My email inbox is terrible. I have a "but what if I need to know when the sale is on to buy the thing?" problem. Guess I should accept there's always a sale on, and I either need it urgently so cost doesn't matter or I can set up a list and wait for EOFY or similar.

I have created a folder for promotions from companies that I want to receive promotions from. The emails are bypassing my inbox and ending in the folder directly.  from to time I check the folder if I need something to see if their is an appropriate promotion. Saves me time and energy.

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Re: Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2018, 06:20:03 AM »
I have created a folder for promotions from companies that I want to receive promotions from. The emails are bypassing my inbox and ending in the folder directly.  from to time I check the folder if I need something to see if their is an appropriate promotion. Saves me time and energy.

I do too.  It would drive me nuts if everything went into my inbox.  Companies have their folder,  groups/organizations have their folders, friends have their folders.  Very little is actually in my inbox.
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Re: Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2018, 06:32:32 AM »
My gmail automatically filters promotions into the "promotions" tab where I either unsubscribe or delete them.
I also have a dummy email account that I use when registering for anything where I don't want to receive emails from them.
I also get no rush from seeing something in my inbox, it usually just means I have something I need to take care of.

As for actual mail, it immediately gets opened and sorted into "deal with within 48 hrs" or "deal with within 2 weeks" boxes, and everything else gets recycled or shredded. I keep a shredder in my kitchen beside my recycling bin. Excess, unnecessary paper is dealt with within 30 seconds of being home.

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Re: Tame your (junk) email/paper mail!
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2018, 06:57:26 AM »
Good idea, this thread. I often get emails from Linkedin, while I'm not looking for another job. I have just logged in and changed my setting to only receive messages from contacts and requests for contacts.