More on “Finishing Times”

I wrote last week about the value (for me, anyway) on defining a time when I can stop doing a task. I have another example: unsubscribing to junk mail.

I have had one of my email addresses for 20 years, and it has a lot of junk mail that isn’t exactly spam, but isn’t wanted either. Each week, I have roughly 100 of these messages from probably 30 different sources. I get overwhelmed when I think of having to unsubscribe from them all, so I have to wade through 100 emails each week (I only check this account weekly).

My solution: each week, I am going to unsubscribe from three emails. This will take me two minutes, and it doesn’t overwhelm me. In ten weeks, the account should be clean.

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