Digital declutter is a very personal journey.
For some, it’s their email inbox that is cluttered and stressful. For others, it’s their desktop overflowing with files and documents.
Below are three ideas to determine if digital declutter is for you.
1. Pay Attention
What, if any, area of your digital space is overflowing and stressful?
Is it the unread emails? Is it the to-read, to-watch, to-listen bookmarked pages? Is it your social media feed? What about your cluttered desktop?
Assess, and determine.
2. Identify Top Offenders
What areas of your digital space is the most cluttered or stressful?
While it could be one or ten, I advise people to pick 1-2 areas to start with.
Digital decluttering can be burdensome because it’s easy to hoard stuff in the digital space since we don’t see the clutter pile up around us. It exists in the cyber space.
Once you declutter one area and see how rewarding it is to keep your digital space clutter-free, you can use that as motivation to move forward with the rest of your digital space.
3. Visualize It
Close your eyes.
Visualize your day with less email to sift thorough when you open you inbox. How about only a handful of apps on your phone? Imagine your desktop super organized with a few folders and you always know exactly where to look for important documents?
Whatever your ideal is, visualize it and feel it.
Does it feel good?
If you have determined digital declutter is for you, and I hope it is, I have a tip to make the experience a breeze— okay, less painful— for you.
Give yourself time, but also put a date on it (oh, oh, oh!)
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Rome was built. #okurrrrr
Give yourself enough time to tackle decluttering your digital space, but also set a clear timeframe. If you are a tomorrow-junkie like me, postponing everything to tomorrow, setting a specified period of time to tackle a project will be useful.
Personally, I’ve dedicated this month to do a digital declutter, Digital Declutter December. Next week, I will be sharing what areas of my digital clutter I’m simplifying.
Until next time. . .
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