Clutter is distracting. Even that hidden, sneaky digital clutter. Digital clutter is everything hanging out there on your devices that are causing distractions. The less distractions you have the more productive you’ll be.
Start your digital decluttering by getting rid of unnecessary contacts. It can be liberating to delete people from your contact list whom you no longer have an interest in contacting. For instance, you should delete your pest control guy if you no longer need his services. It’s also okay to delete the rude college roommate who you’d rather not be in touch with. These contacts are merely taking up space on your phone. Deleting them off your phone may even clear some mental clutter. Bonus!
Give yourself permission to delete followers or “friends” that aren’t genuine connections. If they add nothing of value to your social media experience, delete them. It’s not rude. You are allowed to delete whoever you want to delete.
Note: It’s never necessary to make posts proclaiming, “I’m about to delete a lot of friends.” Making posts like this probably means you’re looking for validation rather than decluttering for positive change. Just delete and move on!
Is your phone or tablet overloaded with unused apps? Free up valuable storage by deleting apps that you are no longer using.
We are all bombarded with unnecessary emails. If you receive emails that don’t interest you, unsubscribe. It takes seconds to scroll to the bottom the email and hit that unsubscribe button. You can visit unroll.me to manage all your promotional emails. This is a great way to group promotional emails and not have them get lost in your promo tab (I always forget to check the promo tab!) Unroll.me also helps you quickly unsubscribe from emails in batches. It’s so great.
We live in a world obsessed with documenting and sharing our personal lives. That being said, you probably have duplicate photos or old videos you have already shared or posted on social media. Free up space by deleting those photos and videos. Another tip: try to live in the moment. Put the phone down for a hot second.
Deleting all that digital clutter will be time consuming. Do a little bit every day or devote a small chunk of time to start decluttering until you are left with the music, photos, apps, videos and people that you care about.
Stop hanging onto old devices you not longer use. You can take old cell phones, ipads, ipods, Kindles, etc to a recycling kiosk. Simply look on-line to find one near you. Most Best Buy stores have electronic device recycle kiosks. You can use a docking station for all your current devices. This will keep them charged and you’ll know where they are. Does anyone else walk around the house saying, “Where’s my phone?” or is it just me?
After you have deleted all your digital clutter start using this Productivity & Time Management Planner to become even more efficient.