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Unsubscribe: Clearing Your Brain for Things That Matter!

New year, fresh broom and I’ve been having a bit of a clear out.  I know, I’m not exactly one to sit and let things gather dust around me as it is, but right now I’m a woman on a mission.

I am one of those people who loves to be in the know and to learn about new things.  But I’ve become really sick of being constantly overwhelmed by new (and frequently useless) information.

Be it via email on in my private email box that’s permanently bursting with new mails – it’s not even my work email for goodness sake – or that pervasive cloud of nonsense otherwise known as Twitter.  And don’t even get me started on all those Facebook alerts, LinkedIn Group updates, association of this and that updates, offers of free whatever, etc etc etc.

So I’ve stopped logging in to Twitter – my new posts are tweeted automatically anyways.  I’ve turned off my Facebook and LinkedIn alerts.  But then there’s email…

I’ve had a clear out, getting rid of all those emails, blog posts and articles I SHOULD read and instead just keeping the stuff I WANT to read.  Let’s be honest by the time I get around to reading them there will be something new out there anyway.

But it’s not just a case of clearing out the old emails, it’s also about stopping them arriving in the first place.  So I’ve been the ‘unsubscribe queen’ this week.  I’ve been unsubscribing myself from almost every subscription list known to man.

If it doesn’t make me want to read it 90% of the time – out it goes.  Blogs that rarely have articles that interest me or just keep saying the same damn thing over, and over, and over, and over again….  And those blogs that in every post just want to sell you some training course or product.  I want interesting articles and I’ll go hunting for the training course if you inspire me.  Don’t ram whatever you’re selling down my throat every darn time.

I’ve gotten rid of updates from websites that I am unlikely to visit or buy anything from – maybe I bought a gift there for a relative 3 years ago and they’ve harassed me with their news and offers ever since…

So why all this clearing out?  Well it’s simple really.  I want to spend my time on things I enjoy and things that give me something of value.  I don’t want to spend my life thinking I should read that or even I might read that.  I only want high value stuff that I can’t resist reading every time it drops into my inbox.

And ultimately I want more brain power available to be creative, to write, to read books I’ve chosen on my beloved Kindle (it’s still gadget number 1 in my little world) and to simply spend time enjoying life and living it!

What could you do to clear your brain, free up your energy or creativity, and increase the focus on things you want to do?

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2 responses to “Unsubscribe: Clearing Your Brain for Things That Matter!

  1. Good post! I’ve been unsubscribing a bit these days too. I waste too much time on distractions without the internet and adding it to the mix can create unnecessary stress if I let it.

    I just got a Kindle last week and have been learning how to use it. I hate reading instructions and although sometimes not reading the ‘ how to manual ‘ can lead to happy accidents ( I write about it on my blog) I’ve found it necessary for using my Kindle.

    • Thanks Elizabeth – totally agree on the unnecessary stress. It’s so refreshing to click that unsubscribe button and feel a little freedom! Hope you enjoy your Kindle – I got mine late last year and even though we are gadget freaks in our house with smart phones, laptops, netbooks, tablets, iPods etc etc etc my Kindle is still my favorite. I get really disappointed now when I find books that aren’t easily available in Kindle format from Amazon!

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