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Streamlining My Life- Using Time More Effectively

July 20, 2010 · 134 comments

in Home & Garden

I am on a mission…

A mission to get rid of extraneous things in my life.

I will be streamlining my activities.  I pledge to do the following:

  1. On the computer, I will answer email and tend to my blog.  Useless statistic checking (for my blog) and non-value-added surfing will be held to a minimum.  Facebook will be viewed once or twice a day.  (Unless something really exciting is going on, like someone is in labor or something.)
  2. I am deleting or filing all email as soon as it is read.  No more than 20 items in my inbox ever again.
  3. I am unsubscribing (email) to everything I do not read everyday.  Goodbye notices from restaurants and the like.   Email clutter is no longer going to be a part of my life.
  4. I am going to research how to reduce the flow of junk mail that arrives in my mailbox.  (If you know how to do this, please comment.)
  5. Miscellaneous postal-mail will no longer grace my kitchen counter top.  Mail will either  be recycled or filed as soon as it enters my home.
  6. I am turning off my notifications from Facebook that tell me when a thread I commented on is updated.

It is so easy to waste time ‘rehandling’ things, be it email, regular mail, whatever.  I don’t want to waste anymore time.  I am going to do an overhaul that will hopefully pay off in many ways.  So, if you send me an email or comment on my blog, you may not get an immediate response.  However,  I am guessing you really aren’t waiting on pins and needles to get my response in the first place!

Do you have any other streamlining suggestions?  What works for you?  What areas am I missing?  I am curious to see how much ‘new’ time I will gain in each day!

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Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural July 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

I got slammed by a junk mailer not too long ago and I did my research and learned to forward each and every piece of it to the FTC at spam@uce.gov. Boy, they took care of that junk mail in no time! I was very impressed.

As far as streamlining, you are right about rehandling. I’ve always been one to get something or get an idea and act upon it immediately. I can feel the time savings. I think that’s why I’ve always stuck with that as a way of doing things.


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff July 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

I can’t give any advice in this area because I suffer from almost all of the above. I’m pretty good at filing away emails…just not the real stuff…

I’m going to join you in reclaiming my time. I will only check useless statistics once in the morning and once at night…not at all during the day. I don’t Facebook hardly at all (I get emails forwarded to me and I haven’t done anything else with it in months)…maybe I should close my account. I really do need to set up a filing system for mail…the piles downstairs are becoming a little too much…


Susan July 20, 2010 at 11:58 am

I love these ideas and join you in the revolution to reclaim time! If I run across how to handle mail I will post it too, that is what bugs me!


Money Reasons July 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I share the same problems, with the exception of facebook. I find that I’m just not that big of a fan (at least with my personal facebook account)… I’m actually thinking of disabling it. I will keep the one for my blog, of course.

Good luck! It’s an admirable goal!


Sandy L July 21, 2010 at 6:42 am


This is by far the most comprehensive website for paper clutter. I’m still horrible at my electronic clutter, but I declared war on my paper junk mail 2 years ago, when I came back from vacation to a 3 inch stack of garbage.

Also keep a spreasheet and track the people you’ve asked to “take you off their lists” with the date. There are some repeat offenders out there that you can threaten if you have the data at hand. I can email you mine if you’re interested.

I’ll try to write an article about it in the next week. It would be a good topic. Telemarketing companies are sneaky and have a lot of loopholes they use.


Sandy L July 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm

junk mail article will be published tomorrow and tracked back to you. Enjoy.


Steph July 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I am luckily not that into facebook. I log in maybe once a month.

My problem is paper mail and email pertaining to various orders and accounts.
The paper mail becomes more of a problem since it involves my husband as well.
I find myself sanding through rooms collecting items for the paper shredder far too often.


Squirrelers July 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I like the idea of limiting the amount of time online to a fixed amount per day. Now, having said that, I don’t have a fixed time:) But this is aspirational, and I want to be able to take this approach.

This frees up time for getting things done in day to day life, and spending time with/taking care of family. I do all those things, but sometimes I feel like time online (non-value added surfing, etc) encroaches into more valuable uses of time.


Little House July 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

A few months ago, my husband started calling the junk mail vendors who were sending us offers and crap. We were able to reduce the amount of physical mail we receive. Now it’s pretty much only bills and checks and an offer every now and then. As for time wasters, my biggest time waster is analyzing my blog traffic. I need to just get over it! I don’t spend much time on Facebook, so at least that’s not monopolizing my time!


Benjamin Bankruptcy July 23, 2010 at 2:48 am

I’ve been trying cut down my surfing time. Do you find RSS feeds help? I’ve always just not wanted to “subscribe” because I didn’t want to junk up my in box but I waste so much time checking to see if blogs have been updated


Sandy L July 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I use the RSS not to deliver mail to my box, but to add a little hyperlink to my i-google homepage. Email is the Worst. I really can’t keep up with it/


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