Everyone always bangs on about decluttering their mental and physical spaces.
And I absolutely agree that it’s critical to do so, and try to keep on top of it as to not let it get out of control. But one thing I think is just as vital is keeping your digital space organised and free from clutter.
We’ve been living our lives more and more online, and the accumulation of dozens of social media apps, our paperwork going paperless, and more interaction happening over email than in person, it can fast build up with sh*t and resemble a dog’s breakfast.
So as a self-proclaimed nerd, I thought I’d share with you the ways that I try keep on top of my digital realm and some strategies and apps that will help along the way.
Yup, sounds harsh but it’s not at all. Over time you might find yourself following thousands of people, it’s absolutely unrealistic to think you can keep up so have regular declutter of your lists.
Pages and business you don’t find of interest anymore, people who don’t bring you joy and present bad energy – let them all go! Don’t feel bad, it’s not a reflection of real life either. People are more accessible to you sometimes via the digital space. You don’t have to see them every day in your real life.
At the start of this year, I restored both my Mac and phone to their factory settings and erased all data from them. Especially because my Mac is around five years old now I find it slows down with so many files and programs being on it. You can end up with so much sh*t on your devices over time sometimes it’s just good to reset!
Don’t be too scared as I have a few solutions for all those photos and documents you’re worried about losing below.
Now, let’s move onto that desktop and home screen.
I put apps and programs into folders for an easier visual appeal, i.e. photography, social media, finance and entertainment. Also makes things a lot easier to find things when looking for them. It also means your home screen or desktop isn’t covered with a million icons.
So I have to credit this one to my good friend Hayley. This is an organisational app that helps you track your calendar, tasks and reminders. I’ve tried a few of these types of apps but Asana has far been my favourite. I like that you can have it running on your phone and also use the web-based version when working.
You can also organise things with other people. When Hayley and I ran our charity events we used a common list to assign tasks to each other and make sure we had everything done. I also have a list with my husband of all the renovation tasks to be done at home.
Download it here: https://app.asana.com/
For those worrying about resetting their computer or phone, this will be your new best friend. Keep things off your hardware so as not to slow it down and also have access to your files and documents wherever you are. This is great for me running a blog and working a lot from my phone as well as my computer.