I am a homebody and spend a lot of time online. Consequently, I end up subscribed to many bloggers, forums, etc. Obviously that creates a bit of overkill in my email inbox. Usually when I get too overwhelmed with it all I simply start using a new email. This time, however, I actually took the time to go through and physically unsubscribe and/or change my settings to the main sources. It took a little time, yes (about 2 hours) but the freedom it has given me is so much more empowering than I expected!
Sometimes, even a good thing can be so overwhelming that it becomes mind numbing. This is what becomes of my email when I “oversubscribe”. I can relate to other times when this same issue has impacted me. One in particular, when I sold off my old vinyl record collection. I had so many that looking at them became a chore. They were an eyesore, taking up space, with little meaning - especially since I no longer had a working turntable. But getting rid of all of them was a mistake. I immediately Regretted it!. The takeaway in this, I think, is to keep what you need, love, use, and not to feel like you (or me) need to grab every headline. We’re only one person and there are only 24 hours in a day. We simply cannot do everything! We need to allow ourselves time to breathe.
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