Spring Cleaning | Digital Declutter to Detox and Discover

Spring Cleaning is not just for attics and closets anymore! Our digital space is not immune from getting cluttered too. Turn on Melissa’s playlist and discover an easy and effective way to declutter your digital life!  You might be surprised to discover how much more time and more space you will have in your #inreallife by following these simple spring cleaning steps!

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#1  Visualize.  Effectively dealing with digital clutter is not very different than cleaning out your garage and storage room.  Before you tackle your desktop, smart phone, and tablet, take a few minutes to think about how you want to feel and your desired goals.  Do you currently feel weighed down by your growing inbox and full storage capacity alerts?  Many studies have been conducted showing how increased work productivity is related to having a workspace clear of clutter.  We understand this when it comes to eliminating stacks of papers from our desks, but are we applying this mindset to our actual computer or smart device? And as we spend more and more of our hours on our computers, why would we not desire that same clutter free environment?  Think about the mood you want to set for your working environment.  By bringing this intention to your digital delcutter spring-cleaning, you are choosing to intentionally design a productive and effective workspace.

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.” Greg Mckeown, Essentialism


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#2 Eliminate Excess Email. 

For many of us, email is one of our most used forms of communication for our work and personal lives. Whether you are juggling multiple email addresses or sifting through countless subscriptions to find your urgent messages, it can be overwhelming.  Simply changing email addresses does not ensure escape from daily Old Navy sale notifications and continual invitations to rejoin Match.com. (So I’m told.) Stop spending time everyday deleting individual emails, and overhaul your inbox with unroll.me.

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This tool has undoubtly been the best way I have eliminated unwanted subscriptions, SPAM, and companies that flood your inbox.  It is completely free and worth taking a few minutes today so you can claim those precious minutes back tomorrow.

“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.” Greg McKeown, Essentialism

#3 Nix the Notifications.  Yep.  Just because the default settings for your texts, apps, even phone calls notifies you with sounds and text alerts, does not mean you have to leave them that way.  Design not default, my friends.  We are not as good multi-taskers as we think we are.  Consider how damaging these digital distractions can be.  They pull our focus from what we consider important to what somewhat else may deem urgent.  Adjusting your notifications does not mean you will not rely, but it provides a margin for you to determine where your mental energy is going and when.

“Today, technology has lowered the barrier for others to share their opinion about what we should be focusing on. It is not just information overload; it is opinion overload.”  Greg McKeown, Essentialism  

 

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” Greg McKeown, Essentalism

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#4 Discard your Downloads.  If you are familiar with Marie Kondo’s tidy method, you know that before you can begin organizing your items effectively,  you must purge! In our homes, how often do we attempt to organize the same drawers or closet? We spent countless hours meticulously organizing and even making special trips to Ikea for bins and tools, but inevitably, our efforts return to mess. Kondo maintains that discarding is not only essential but priority.  Take this purging practice and apply it to your downloads, Internet cache, and temporary files.  For big overhauls, you can use a program such as Clean my Mac, but a simple way to keep these folders clean is by discarding at the beginning or end of each week.

 

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#5 Consistency  Finally, it’s about progress not perfection, my friends.  We will clean our closets out again next spring, and we will wonder why we still can’t let go of that particular pair of shoes we never EVER wear.  So, you may just start today with moving all those pre-date selfies to your trash bin and consider eliminating that excess email tomorrow.  I keep my favorite reminder of this hanging above my desktop computer, and it is from Olive Shoe’s founder herself, :

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{Side note from LAC: Speaking of Dorothy’s desk…stay tuned for pictures of her desk soon as a featured space in The Olive Shoe’s Creative Home Tours! So fun! Y’all will be in love!…ok back to Dorothy…}

Happy Spring Digital Cleaning, friends! It’s divine!
DotheadshotDorothy Camak makes her #inreallife home in Greenville, South Carolina—a little southern city that has stolen her heart. Online, Dorothy makes her home at www.dorothycamak.com. She is fascinated by the connecting power of conversation. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram as these conversations become a new Podcast series launching soon!

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, and of course, come back and visit again soon!

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