I just spend the entire month of May documenting all of my internal and external communication just to see how cluttered my life is....
Ok, so not all of it, but I did look at all my snail mail, one email account and my cell phone. Just logging the information was absolutely exhausting. I can't imagine what it would have been like to run a true exercise with my two other email accounts and my land line. The exercise also got me thinking about display, TV and radio. But I guess I am not that obsessive-compulsive.
As it turned out, I sent and received a total of 2,539 pieces of communication within these channels. Now for the real math:
15% of all of my communication was email spam
25% of my snail mail was junk mail
27% of my snail mail was direct mail that I deemed "relevant," as it pertained to something I had requested
Only .2% of all of my communication was personal snail mail (hey Mom, remember me?)
If I were to spend 10 minutes on each and every communication, I would have spent 17 days doing so.
Take this for what it is worth.
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