When you turn on your computer, do you cringe at the amount of files you need to organize? You can see it on your desktop – the documents waiting to be put in folders, the shortcuts that haven’t been used in months. The longer you wait to declutter your digital life, the more complicated it will be! Get started on cleaning things up digitally. You’ll be surprised at how light it can make you feel, even if all the decluttering happens online!
One of the little things that nag us when we’re online would be updates on browser, program, OS upgrades. What’s stopping you from clicking the “update” button? Set some time to indulge your gadget with the latest updates. Not only will you stop getting those update reminders, but your gadget or computer may actually run faster. This helps decrease stress and increase productivity on your end. Updates are also important as they can contain the latest security patches. Go update old programs now!
One of the more tedious but most rewarding tasks would be sorting your old files. Determine which files should be deleted, and which ones should be kept. Open your “All Files” folder, sort by “Date Last Opened” or “Date Modified” and assess whether you still the need the oldest files or not. If you don’t want to delete them but need more space in your computer, you can consider buying an external hard drive and transfer your old files here. Give your computer some breathing space, and you’ll feel better too.
Doesn’t it give you a headache to see so many unread emails in your mailbox? Another way to clean up your digital life is bring your unread mail to zero (Read: How to effectively get your unread mail to zero). If your unread mail has already piled up, set a time each day to go through your list of mails. Which ones should you deal with ASAP? Are there newsletters that you can unsubscribe from? Are there emails that you’ve put aside that you need to reply to now? You may need a couple of hours or even half a day to go through your inbox, but commitment is what will definitely get your unread mail in your inbox down to zero. When you do decide to declutter your email make sure that you have no distractions.
One more way to declutter your digital life is to delete old accounts. Do you really need that Hotmail address? Sure, you may not want to let it go because of sentimental reasons, e.g. it was your first e-mail account. But to help declutter your digital life, you have to let go of old accounts, especially ones that aren’t active anymore. You can also assess the current social media networks you’re a part of. Are you active in all of them? Are you letting some just stand there, accumulating dust and spam? If you don’t use the service anymore, delete your account. This also helps limit how much information about yourself is out there, making you more secure as well.
If you don’t know where to start when decluttering your digital life, you can begin right here: By searching yourself. Look yourself up on Google. What turns up? Are there questionable websites linked to your profile? Make sure that nothing terrible is linked to your account. You may find some old ones still attached to your name. If they’re no longer valuable, consider removing them. Search yourself online regularly, to see if any connections to your name have been made – both good and bad.
Decluttering your digital life demands a lot of time and commitment. But when you do end up all cleaned up, you’ll feel lighter, more energized and more productive.