I am a serial entrepreneur and like most entrepreneurs, I tend to find that there are not enough hours in a day. Running two large companies, catering to hobbies, spending time with the family, keeping fit, travelling and taking the dog out to the park all require copious amounts of time. On top of that, being active on social media, writing articles and reading other peoples articles fight for my time.
I have been looking for ways to cut down on the activities that I do in any given day and started with taking a look at my email which takes up almost 2-3 hours of my work day and sometimes even more on the weekends. The inbox is open on my screen most of the time and my attention is drawn to emails that keep pouring in.
These emails tend to distract me from my task at hand and sometimes take away on a tangent. I tend to sign up to newsletters when I find some interesting content on a website. For the most part, these newsletters are interesting and perhaps even useful. However, as I start to open each one and then try and read the articles that they lead to, my tasks suffer and my concentration is ravaged.
So I decided to unsubscribe to all emails and start afresh. To help me manage this, I found a service that is so easy to use and so effective, I just had to share it with you. It is called Unroll me and you can find their website at http://unroll.me/.
This service hooks up with my Gmail account and scans for all subscriptions. It also monitors my email daily to find subscriptions. I can easily then unsubscribe from them with out visiting each website and then clicking on the unsubscribe button and perhaps answer a survey etc. It is seamless and hassle free. On top of that I can roll my emails into a digest and have it delivered at a particular time of the day, at which time I can spend some time going through them to see if there is any important email that needs my attention.
After I started using this, I find that my email time has been cut down by 90% and I can concentrate more on my work.