As part of the last part of the digital decluttering here are 15 simple actions you can take to make your digital experience more efficient, more enjoyable and less overwhelming.
1. Back up your files regularly to the cloud or onto a hard drive and then clear out your downloads folder and trash bin. Losing everything due to a computer glitch and having hadn't backed up for a year was one of the most stressful things I had to go through, so don't let that happen to you.
Caveat: Just because you can back up everything doesn’t mean you should hoard digital files that you are never going to look at.
2. Tidy up your browser toolbar and remove unused links from your favourites tab. It is more visually distracting than you realise.
3. Clear unused items/icons from your computer desktop screen.
4. Save space by uninstalling unused programs. Review your apps and software and uninstall the ones that you don’t need/use anymore.
5. Edit your photos. Go through your digital photos and only keep ones that you need and like.
6. Block ads. If you use Google Chrome, install AdBlocker to stop most annoying sidebar apps and pop-ups that distract you.
7. Get a simple browser homepage. I like to use Momentum. It shows my to-do list, the temperature, the time, and allows me to display my main task for the day on top a beautiful photograph of some really amazing places in the world.
9. Turn off all notifications and instead manually check them when you want to. This will help you be less distracted at inconvenient parts of the day.
10. Control internet usage with SelfControl (for Macs). If you have a hard time curbing your online time, limit your internet for short bursts to get stuff done or relax. There is similar software out there for Windows if you look for it.
11. Don’t get too many E-Books. Finish one and then get the next time. This will help with the mental clutter as well as digital clutter.
12. Sell or recycle your old and unused tech products. There’s no need to keep stuff that gives no value to you when it can be useful to someone else. As a bonus, you might make some money.
14. Sort out your cables and cords. Keep the stuff that you need, and get rid of the rest. If there are any you can’t remember the use for, you can get rid of them too.
15. Have planned digital breaks. Whether it’s at mealtimes, after work, a day, or the whole weekend, have set times where you do stuff that doesn’t involve any screens.
These things, simple as they may be, will take a significant time if you try to them all in one go. Don’t let that overwhelm you. If you schedule 30 minutes regularly here and there you should be able to get through them at a steady pace.
NOW TO YOU
What are your favourite digital decluttering tips and tricks? Please share them below in the comments.
With love and simplicity,