Do you allow your productivity skills to transfer from the office to the home? You may feel pleasantly rewarded in applying one of the easiest productivity lessons to your home mail… eliminate the nonsense.
We often enter cycles where junk mail piles up quickly and/or we are sent beautiful flyers that we spend valuable time looking through only to determine that we are not in the market for those items. To decrease your mail and make better use of your time, consider the following:
- Use CatalogChoice.org to discontinue mailings. Creating a free account takes one minute and then requires a confirmation click from an email. From there, login to search by company and to remove your address from mailings with only a few clicks.
- Print this document with four nearly-completed letters requesting you be removed from mailing list rentals. We’ve picked the most abusive organizations as well as the DMA’s Mail Preference Service to result in a tremendous reduction in mail for the 10-minute investment. (Fill in your name and address. Fold. Staple. Stamp. Done!)
- Remove deceased contacts from mailing lists by printing and sending the letter in this document.
To prevent mailings from starting in the first place:
- Do not provide your email address to cashiers.
- Be cautious of entering contests or accessing free offers.
- When asked for your address, write on the form, “please do not rent, sell, or trade my name or address.
- “Uncheck boxes in online account set up that would allow mail from the company.
- Call 1-888-5OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or log on to www.optoutprescreen.com to permanently remove your name from all prescreened credit offers.
Reducing mailings usually takes about 90 days to see significant results. By following these steps, you will still receive holiday mailings, but you’ll depress it a touch and will start the calendar year off with a tighter lid on the mailbox.