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Use This Tool And Your Mailbox Will Never Be Like A Trash Can Again

Use This Tool And Your Mailbox Will Never Be Like A Trash Can Again

When you search the internet these days, it seems like you’re almost always prompted to enter your email address. Having a launch page that collects email addresses is one way that companies drive traffic and increase sales.[1] The deal is almost always the same, they offer you a useful download or exclusive content in exchange for your precious personal information.

While I can’t fault people for working to grow their businesses by collecting email addresses, my overflowing inbox has become a point of contention. When I log in to find over 100 messages, many of which I have no interest in reading, I cringe. The torrent of emails becomes an even bigger problem when you give your information to aggressive marketers who send messages daily. If you’re like me, you tell yourself that you’ll unsubscribe from those emails, but it seems like they never stop coming.

An overabundance of emails is stressing you out

You know that email has revolutionized the way that you work, but most of us have too much of a good thing. A recent study suggests that around 89 billion business emails go out per day.[2] We may be spending 25-50% of our work time on email, and chances are, we’re checking messages outside of business hours too.[3]

Every time you get an inbox notification, it breaks your concentration. Sometimes, you’ll receive an important message, but more often, it’s junk. Now you not only feel anxious when you open your cluttered inbox, but you also have interruptions from useless messages exacerbating your stress levels and decreasing your productivity.

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You may have agreed to receive emails from certain entities, but it was likely because the site offered to give you access to an useful resource. Now you’re wading through spam, which makes it tough to see meaningful emails. Unless you have a system for starring important emails, unsubscribing, and filtering messages into different folders, you’ll be overwhelmed. In fact, even with such a system, it can feel like you’ll never clear your inbox.

Stem the flow of incoming emails with 10 Minute Mail

Instead of giving up on web pages that require you to hand over your email address, or relying on the “unsubscribe” button, you could try 10 Minute Mail. The service provides you with an authentic email address that you can use in the place of your regular email. You’ll have access to the content that you want without paying for it later in the form of junk mail.

Decreasing your incoming emails is easy

Using 10-Minute Mail is simple. There is no fancy sign-up process to access their service. Start by going to the 10 Minute Mail website.

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    You’ll automatically get a temporary email address like the one above. Just copy and paste that address where you would usually put your regular email address.

      The countdown timer to the right of the address tells you how long you’ll have access that email before it self-destructs. After the address disappears, it’s gone for good. If you need to use your temporary email for more than ten minutes, click the arrow icon to the far right. That will reset the countdown to ten minutes. You can reset the timer as often as you’d like.

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        Many companies require you to click a verification link to access their exclusive content. You can receive emails at your 10 Minute Email address as long as you keep your temporary address active by refreshing the countdown timer.

        You can also forward valuable information from your temporary email to your personal email so that you can take what you need without enduring unwanted messages.

        When you’re finished with the temporary address, allow the countdown timer to run to zero. The email, and everything associated with it will cease to exist.

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          Stay focused and save time

          Avoid handing out your personal email to sites that you don’t know. You’ll save yourself from a barrage of unwanted messages, which means less stress and fewer interruptions for you.

          The 10 Minute Mail service is also excellent if you aren’t sure how trustworthy or valuable a page is. Since many sites won’t let you preview a product or page without giving an email address, you can check whether the site offers what you want without contributing to your spam problem.

          One of the best features of 10 Minute Mail is that it’s easy to use and doesn’t require a membership fee. You can donate to the site via Paypal if you’d like, but you can try the service without spending a dime. You’ll only be able to receive a limited number of email addresses per hour, but if you want a hassle-free way to access a page or exclusive product, this tool is perfect for you.

          Try 10 Minute Mail‘s free service, and you’ll think twice about giving out your personal email to access a web page or get a free download.

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          Last Updated on July 17, 2019

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          What happens in our heads when we set goals?

          Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

          Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

          According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

          Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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          Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

          Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

          The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

          Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

          So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

          Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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          One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

          Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

          Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

          The Neurology of Ownership

          Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

          In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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          But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

          This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

          Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

          The Upshot for Goal-Setters

          So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

          On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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          It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

          On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

          But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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