Guide to Digital Decluttering

Alright, it’s time to be honest: is your digital life a little cluttered? Maybe even very cluttered? If you’re nodding your head in agreement right now, I want you to know I’ve been there, too!

Getting your digital ducks in a row can feel so overwhelming that you just keep putting if off. But then it just gets worse and you’re even less likely to get it all in order…and the cycle continues.

Well, not anymore! Ever since I got my own digital life organized I’ve never looked back. I’ve been looking forward to sharing my guide to digital decluttering with you!

The great news is that once you break it down into smaller steps, it’s actually a pretty simple task to tackle. You can clear up digital space and then focus on whatever it is that you do best.

Are you ready to get started?

 

1. Emails

It might sound impossible to you right now, but the end goal is to keep your inbox empty. That’s right, zero emails in your inbox. It’s actually very doable!

Make it part of your routine to go through your email inbox on a regular basis. If you’re ready to delete or archive an email, get that done right away. There’s no need to circle back or save that task for later.

When you spot a message you think you can answer in two minutes or less, dive right in and check that off your list. You can even file the remaining messages under a “requires response” label if you’d like.

Then set aside some time each day to respond to emails that fall under that “requires response” category. It can be easy to let this to-do item roll over into tomorrow, and the next day…but staying on top of this task gets you that much closer to zero messages in your inbox (aka perfection!).

Have you heard of Unroll.me? It’s an amazingly efficient way to unsubscribe yourself from all those email lists you somehow find yourself on. Doesn’t that number grow so quickly? I know it did for me! But when you minimise your subscription emails, your inbox is much more spacious and less stressful.

 

2. Old Documents

It’s time to delete all those unneeded computer files and archive your other documents.

It’s also a great chance to think about your digital filing system. Could you use more subdivided folders for ultimate organisation? Is it time to rethink your file naming system? Be sure to consider how you’ll end up searching for a document in the future, and incorporate that term into the file name whenever possible.

 

3. Photos

It can be tough to part with photos! But it’s a huge step forward when you’re trying to free up space on your hard drive.

The best way to decide which ones to hang onto? Don’t keep photos you wouldn’t include in a physical photo album. In the end, it will be so much easier to find the photos you actually want to look at.

 

4. Old programs and apps

If your experience is like mine, you’ll be amazed at how many unused and unneeded programs are hanging out on your hard drive. Time to uninstall them and free up some much-needed space!

 

5. Social Media

It’s easy to overlook sometimes, but digital decluttering even extends to social media. It’s all about creating a digital environment that feels crisp and clean, so be sure to unfollow or even unfriend people on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. You’ll love seeing more of the people and things that are actually important to you.

Do you find yourself wasting time on Facebook groups, games, and chat? Minimize those activities as much as you can, or nix them altogether.

 

You’ve got this!

Hope these tips and tricks have gotten you inspired for a little digital decluttering. It’s absolutely worth it. You’ve got business to handle and creations to get started on – and everything will run more smoothly when you get rid of all the mess.

Happy organizing!

Now I’d love to hear from you.
Do you have any digital decluttering secrets? I’d love to read about them in the comments!

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