Two Reasons: #1. Eliminate to Liberate
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Passion to the Third Degree .
You cannot imagine how much email I get everyday. Filters do little to no good or I lose sales.
Part of the problem is that one of my private email addresses has been spread all over the planet by a handful of people I told the email address was private, yet every email they send to me has anywhere from 1 stranger to, literally, 200 unknown names cc’d for all to see. And while I think their video clips of the rain forests or the vacation to New Zealand or the new grandbaby are just delightful, I don’t know these people at all and they don’t know my political or religious beliefs (which is how I made enemies of a particular book reviewer years ago when I got fed up with the daily political opinions that downright proclaimed anti-military activity).
Part of this elimination process has to do with different mailing lists and email loops I’ve been on for years, many of them duplicating information that I receive direct from the author via RSS feeds. I receive one author’s RSS feed faithfully and frequently read the same info from several email lists before I realize it’s the same thing. She’s wonderful, but I need to read it only once!
In any case, it’s out of hand and consumes too much of my time, so tonight, I deleted all the lists that are not currently absolutely essential or that I read through sources other than email.
I feel like I’m clipping vines that have been strangling me, even though much of the information is good—it’s just too much right now and I recognize it and I’m doing something about it. So this is the business part of eliminating a lot of information, socializing, and ordinary junk that comes to my inbox. This is the part where I liberate.