I had really good intentions today.
The first day of this new project of mine, I decided to follow all of the productivity advice out there and get down to creative business first thing in the morning, before checking my phone, my social media feeds or opening my email.
Except that I accidentally left my email browser open overnight, so when I opened my computer a fresh batch of email (seven, to be exact) popped up on my screen.
Instantly, I was overcome by the need to “do” something with them.
Unable to help myself, I started scanning the sending addresses and subject lines, instantly realizing they all had one thing in common:
I didn’t want to read any of them.
They were all irrelevant.
None holding the promise of improving my day or imparting any information I actually cared about.
So I started going through, one by one, removing myself from mailing list after mailing list.
Normally I hesitate in clean up efforts like this, but today there was no FOMO. Just relief in the fact that tomorrow when I open my email there will be seven less distractions in front of me, seven less actions I have to take to get through my inbox, seven fewer “things” sucking away my time.
Something so silly and trivial, but cleaning my inbox got me a little giddy.
Thinking of how much time I could save by doing this little exercise every day. Purging and pruning my digital life, saving my attention for those things, and most importantly, those people, who matter most to me.
I’d say that’s time well spent.