How do you feel when you think about your inbox?
Overwhelmed? Guilty? A vague sense of dread, perhaps?
Today I want to share one tool which can help you gain more control over your email inbox in 3 ways. I’ve been using it for over a year now and I am loving it!
It’s called Unroll.Me and it helps in 3 ways…
It organises all the subscriptions currently coming to your inbox
Once you set up an account, Unroll.Me scans your emails and detects any subscriptions you are receiving, then allows you the choice to:
Unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive it anymore (how did I end up with over 400 subscriptions anyway?!)
Add to rollup if you want to receive as part of a daily bundled email
Keep in inbox if it’s one you want to see as soon as it comes through
Once you’ve done that one-off task of dealing with the bulk of your email subscriptions (in a wonderfully easy scroll down collation), you’ll see a summary like this one that will already make you feel wonderfully organised!
Now obviously, you are granting Unroll.Me a level of permission to scan your inbox in order for it to accomplish this. The upside is that the application uses authentication services such as Gmail’s OAuth, which grants only specific permissions to an application without granting them access to your login information. They use a similar approach for email with Yahoo, AOL or iCloud.
2. It sends you a summary email of any subscriptions you choose to retain
Just because it’s a subscription, doesn’t mean it not valuable.
You can choose to have any subscriptions you wish to keep bundled into a ‘roll-up’ – an aggregated single email you receive at a time that is most convenient to you – you can choose either morning, afternoon or evening.
You will receive an indicator at the top noting how many subscriptions are in that day’s roll-up, and a preview of each email within the bundle, which you can click on to read in full.
3. It keeps you organised by highlighting any new email subscriptions
Of course, getting your email subscriptions organised can’t be a one-and-done thing. Somehow, we all manage to end up getting on new lists all the time. Often, it only takes purchasing something online to end up receiving a new subscription.
That’s why Unroll.Me highlights at the top of each day’s roll-up any new subscriptions it has detected. Then, you simply click through and choose whether to unsubscribe, roll-up or keep in inbox each of the new senders.
And that’s it! In a matter of a few clicks (or perhaps more than a few if you have any many accumulated subscriptions as I did!), you reduce the number of emails coming into your inbox considerably, have all those that don’t require immediate attention served up to you in a much more manageable format, and have an ongoing method of keeping your subscriptions tidied and under control.
3 good reasons to feel better about your inbox this week!