If you are a regular reader you’ll know I have been de-cluttering my life. Over the past few months I have given / thrown away and sold so many things…I really don’t know where I kept it all.
And I made approx. $500 just by selling a few things that I no longer wanted or needed, on eBay.
If you are really interested in what I have decided to remove from my life go here:
I believe having loads of ‘clutter’ in your life…slows you down and can be very distracting.
But what I am about to reveal can help you save time and reduces distractions!
My wife and I recently returned from vacation.
Normally, we just fly somewhere and stay in that same place for 2 weeks.
This year we decided to have a ‘driving’ holiday.
We drove through France and Germany to Switzerland. Then back through Germany, Luxemburg and Belgium.
It was great fun.
Wind in our hair (we had the windows down!), sunny weather, awesome scenery and listening to our favourite songs on the stereo. (I’m into Cee Lo Green at the mo!).
Being on vacation can be hard when you own your own business.
Will you lose out on gaining new customers?
Most probably, as you may not be in a position (whilst on your vacation) to discuss requirements, provide quotes, etc.
Will you lose your existing customers?
I give my current clients approx. 4 weeks’ notice that I am going on vacation – so we can plan any work that needs doing before I leave.
Will you have thousands of emails to read when you return?
500 Emails A Day
I receive 500 emails every day. And with 14-days’ vacation…that makes 7,000 emails.
Of course the vast majority of these are spam and they can be deleted.
But many are not.
Some are from prospective clients, some for existing clients…and many from email lists I have subscribed to.
Well…to keep on top of these daily emails…I did take my NoteBook on vacation and check them (most days).
(I know what some of you are saying…”Idiot!”, “Sado!”, “You are on holiday for Christ’s sake!”).
But I look at it another way.
If I can spend 15 minutes going through my emails each day…when I get back I will be less stressed, less overwhelmed and be able to catch up on my workload much more quickly.
At home, I have fast internet (up to 50mb)…so going through the emails doesn’t take long.
But while on vacation, very often the hotels you stay in have slow internet and just reading emails can take a long time.
It was taking me a lot longer than 15 minutes but there was a ‘silver lining’.
As I say, at home I have fast internet and I quickly skip though the emails.
On vacation, it was taking 3…4…5 times longer and I realized how many different email opt-ins I subscribe to. Emails I just don’t read. Emails I would normally just delete.
Whilst on vacation I decided to opt-out and I must have unsubscribed from about 50.
You see…when working from home, the internet is so fast…I just skip through all the emails I subscribe to…without really thinking.
In the hotels, it was taking quite a few seconds to go from one email to another…so it made me think. It made me unsubscribe!
Now I do receive fewer emails, each day and have a little more time to do other things.
So, my advice today…
Remove yourself from those emails you have subscribed to…obviously the ones you no longer read and save time.
And one more thing that saves a huge amount of time
I didn’t miss anything by only reading my emails once a day.
If you are anything like me, you read your emails every couple of hours of so…even if in the middle of a large piece of work.
Well I don’t do that now.
Just twice a day…in the morning and late afternoon.
I have saved so much time!
Have you subscribed to too many opt-ins over the years?
Do you keep your opt-ins down to a minimum?
Do you read your emails 50 times a day or just twice?
How do you save time?
Please share your views in the comments below.