Imagine this, you have yet another email from a place you joined years ago. They decided to turn you back on and start emailing you. This with us as humans is we grow, we learn and we improve. With this comes a block, yes a block to previous things you may of once been susceptible with and now you are probably not as confused.
Believe me, you can go ahead and clear this clutter. I know some play tactics when you are leaving a group, but really you are just a number if it is at that point and there is no real interaction.
We cause alot of our confusion so I wanted to share a few tips with your confusion with sites, emails and dealing with this over load.
Be really specific about why you are online!
You maybe on to have a game, catch up with friends and so on. You may work online so what is your focus. Success comes to those focused.
Does this site/email come under something that deserves your focus?
Is this message not even something you do anymore, then be wise and see if it has no value to delete but do not stop there. Make sure you unsubscribe. By law in New Zealand, they can only subscribe and email you if you have opted in by a two step system. Also if you ask to be removed, they have to oblige.
If a site, why are you a member?
I had this occurence today, I got a email I had not seen for ages. They made some quirky joke about them being out of action, I realised they were not active and also if I am going to stay true to social media then their inactivity in unprofessional. Long story short, it did not apply to my life. They did all those so called mind tricks. We just removed your website from 20 hundred lists, sorry to see you go and my favourite, “we just removed you notice”. It is almost like they have a box of tissues and they are upset your leaving. Hey you automail me and have not added me on facebook or twitter so please don not. This is a technique to keep you there. So do not buy it.
Look through your memberships and keep asking yourself these questions:
- Does this give me value to my life or work?
- Does this entertain or bore me?
- Do I like being here? (very very important)
- If you get a no from any of these
We are ultimately our own worse enemies with confusion online. It is best practice to make sure you are using what you do, and even if you write a list on your computer or on a notebook to keep tabs if that keeps you in control. The point is, we can turn off our computers and we can claim back our own time, time we want to put into something of value in our lives or something we value.