While I enjoy the spirit of this post, and the fact you are taking control of that inbox, how is this being a “bitch”? The emails you are unsubscribing to are the equivalent to declining a receipt from the gas station. They are robots.
I normally love your articles (and I love this one as well), but that nagged at me the entire time I read this.
Congratulations on discovering you were the issue, and taking the important steps to resolve it!
As for inbox zero techniques:
- Unsubscribe from newsletters (all of them as they come in) if you don’t read them right away. I do this with medium and therefore read those suggested articles daily.
- Set a time of the day to complete your shallow work (checking email). Don’t check it 100 times per day. If you have a job in which you communicate over email and need to be responsive, you need to think to yourself: are there more effective ways to communicate? Should I be using email? Can I set expectations that I only respond to email once or twice per day? You’d be surprised how irrelevant email becomes when you simply only work in it once or twice per day.
- Stop sending emails. Another reason people get so many emails is they send them. They respond and keep the chain going.
- Use unroll.me. It’s a newsletter unsubscriber that will automate the process.
There are lots more, but those are good to get you started. I can’t wait until email is obsolete.