My top 5 tips for decluttering your digital life —
#1 Social media ` instead of allowing the software to hit you with everyone all at once, use any sort of group or list or folder function to organize around themes, friends or coworkers. Take away the bombardment factor.
This will allow you to look and read in context, which helps you remember it better, absorb it, and gives you the mental cycles to figure out why it is useful, what you`ll do with what you read. Because, isn`t that the point?
#2 The pace of all of this ` we can so easily get pulled right up into the tornado.
Slow it down. Instead of `checking` your Facebook, twitter or email, start saying to yourself that you`re going to `read` it.
A more active word, which eventually means you`ll read and DO instead of just check.
What value is there in checking? Some, but isn`t it more curiosity for who is in your email/Facebook/twitter at this moment?
And for some of us, now that we `checked it,` the rest is out of sight and lost.
Out of sight & mind. Nothing pulls at us to go back and DO something with the other important stuff.
#3 Check the sync settings on your handheld versus your desktop email. I often hear people say: `Oh, I saw it on my Blackberry/IPhone and then it didn`t show up in my email inbox when I got back to the office. I forgot about it/lost track of it.`
#4 On Facebook and Twitter, do what you hopefully have done with your email. Cut down on the stream.
Who are you following on Twitter who really just wants to sell you stuff? Unfollow.
What value is each person adding? I know ` it doesn`t take long to ignore, but it`s one more thing coming at you, creating mental clutter.
And isn`t have a clear, mindful approach to life important?
#5 To use groups, lists or unfollow people: tomorrow morning, set your timer for 10 minutes and just do this. See how much you can get done when you start. If you need another 10 minutes, do it again at the end of the day.
If 10 minutes sounds like too much, how many people can you unfollow or group in 120 seconds? Make it a race!
Isn’t it interesting that with all of our technology, it all still comes down to us, how we are wired, what we do with all that comes at us.