Ways To De-clutter Your Digital Life

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I am online a lot.
I use social media and the internet on a daily basis. I use social media for blogging and personal reasons, and I use the internet for work and blogging purposes. I love social media and the internet - like many people of my generation I did grow up with the internet after all - but sometimes it all gets a bit too much. I have had moments where I have felt so tempted to terminate my digital life for good.

The best way to manage this 'urge' is to de-clutter my digital life:

Switch off!
Step away from the screen! As a result of the nature of my job (and blogging in my spare time) I am always looking at a screen. After spending the day at work I don' want to look at a screen anymore so I try to find something else to do, such as going to the gym, going for a walk or reading a book.

Social media cull
Once in a while I do something call a 'social media cull' - I unfollow/unfriend people/companies/brands on social media in order to reduce the number of updates/posts/images/texts/tweets on my feeds.

Use the block button
I don't associate with toxic people in real life, so why associate with toxic people online? The block button comes in useful because I don't want to be connected to certain people online.

The thing that irritates me the most is when I constantly receive too many emails from the same person/company, it just looks like spam in my inbox, not to mention I don't read these emails anyway. I don't have to time so I avoid subscribing to anything anyway.

Delete those drafts
I am 100% guilty of hording a load of drafts on blogger. I am now in the process of deleting draft posts that I know I will never write up.

Clean up your files
Over time I have acquired a load of files on my computer, so I'm in the process of clearing away the files and putting the in the recycle bin.

Clear close down tabs and clear history
I have a bad habit of leaving tabs open, so it's best to close them down and to clear history in order to start on a new page.

Do you have any other ways to de-clutter your digital life? Leave your answers in the comments section!

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