Simplify your digital life and reduce digital clutter. These 6 simple tasks will help you declutter your digital life fast!
While technology is a great way to keep up with everything in our lives, our devices are quickly filled with digital clutter like notifications, emails, and photos. Decluttering these digital files is an important part of simplifying our lives. Each of these 6 tasks to simplify your digital life can be completed in just a few minutes!
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1. Declutter Your Email Inbox
How many emails a day do you get? And how many of those do you actually read or use?
Declutter your email inbox by unsubscribing from newsletters, sales alerts, and other notifications.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you even read the email?
If you’re not reading or opening the email, it’s time to unsubscribe.
- Can you find the information elsewhere?
Chances are, you don’t need to see a sale flyer for a store each week. Or even to be notified of their promotions every day! You can easily find store flyers and sales online if you need to reference them before shopping.
- Is it actually adding value?
There’s plenty of emails you get that you probably do indeed read. But are they providing some sort of value to you? Value can mean different things to different people; maybe it’s getting helpful tips, a daily laugh, or a dose inspiration.
- It is a social media update?
Ditch social media update emails. You get updates in the app or when you are using the website. Do you really need those same notifications in your inbox too? Unsubscribe or edit your notification settings for social media updates.
2. Review and Reduce Your Phone Notifications
Do you really need to be notified of every status update or sale at a particular store?
To simplify your phone notifications, consider:
What notifications do you really need on your home screen?
Every notification is a distraction/interruption from what you are working on and should be limited to your most important notifications.
For example, I only have alerts set up for phone calls and text messages. Nothing else interrupts my day.
What notifications do you want in each app?
Each app has their own notification settings and I find that many will default to way too many notifications. Again, think about what’s really important to you and then turn the rest off!
3. Simplify by Deleting Unused Apps and Programs
How many apps are you actually using on your phone? I bet you have several that are sitting unused.
Clean up your phone and remove any app/program/game that you don’t use anymore. Not only will you gain space on your phone, you’ll reduce those pesky notifications!
4. Clean up old photos from your phone
How many months (or years!) of photos do you have stored on your phone? Are these backed up anywhere else?
Get those photos off your phone and somewhere safe!
Use a service to keep a backup copy of your photos like Prime Photos. Prime Photos offers unlimited photo storage for no additional charge for Prime members. I also highly recommend an external hard drive to store backups of all your digital files.
5. Reduce the number of email addresses
Do you have multiple email addresses? Managing more than one email address can quickly become cumbersome. Multiple places to receive junk emails, newsletters, sales alerts and more digital clutter.
While you should pare down your email accounts-I do recommend keeping two email addresses. One should be for important items like keeping in touch with family and friends. The second email should be the one you use when you sign up for sale alerts and newsletters.
Having all the promotional emails in a separate email box means you can check that one less often and not worry about your primary email getting flooded with unimportant emails.
6. Ditch social media
How many platforms are you actually active on? Most of us only use one or two with any sort of regularity. If you’re not using Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, then delete that account altogether.
You’ll get the benefit of fewer notifications and more free time. It’s so easy to lose track of time when you are browsing through Instagram (or whatever platform).
Before you know it, 30 minutes or an hour has passed you by! By deleting the accounts you don’t use, you won’t be tempted to get lost in social media.
How to reduce digital clutter
Simplifying your digital life can be done in just a few minutes. Reduce your email clutter by unsubscribing from emails and eliminating extra email accounts. Minimize your phone notifications and delete unused social media accounts. These easy tips will help you minimize your digital clutter!