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Time To Declutter Your Digital Life

When you need a digital detox ASAP

Digital living is synonymous with the minimal life. No more carrying around a notepad. Just open a word doc on your PC. Forget lugging around a fancy DSLR camera. Just point and shoot your smartphone’s built-in camera. Need directions? GPS directions replace large, inconvenient paper maps.

We know, it takes a lot of content to keep your online reputation up to date and relevant. Just download. And download...and download…..and……. download. “Wait, why is my laptop running so slow all of a sudden?” That’s when you know it’s time to {ijseo_redirect id=423}.

 

The Real Price Of Free

 

It’s infinitely easy to download free apps, games, and programs. But did you know you are actually paying a price for “Free” things?

Here’s a rule of thumb for the digital world - “Free” translates to “in-exchange-for.” And you are more likely than not exchanging your “Free” online services for your online content. Your Facebook account is “Free.” What are you exchanging? Images you upload, messages you send, information about your likes/ dislikes/ friends. Anything you do on Facebook, stays on Facebook, belongs to Facebook. It’s very creepy when you really think about it.

And that’s not to single out Facebook or anything. It’s just the example here. If an online service is free, you can be pretty darn sure they are making their money from selling your content to advertisers. How do you think Google became one of the most profitable businesses in the world?

By decluttering the amount of apps, programs, and online services you use, you limit the number of places your information can leak from.

 

Just Say No

 

The solution? Just say no. No to notifications waking you up in the middle of the night. No to games encouraging procrastination. No to wasting hours and hours of your life scrolling through Instagram. Decluttering your digital life means more time spent towards what you find important. Accidentally find you spent two hours reading random Wikipedia links when, deep down, you want to create cupcake recipes for your foodie blog? Looking back on your day, you would have been much happier actively creating something rather than passively absorbing information. Saying no to the unimportant means you have more time for the important.

 

How To Start Decluttering

 

When you know your “Why,” you can bear any “how.” Now that we can realize why decluttering our digital lives is important, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of {ijseo_redirect id=424}. Similar to when you declutter or clean your home, you first start with the living room, then bathroom, and off to the kitchen. Here are four “rooms” of your digital life to focus on one at a time.

 

1. Declutter Your Desktop/ Smartphone Home Screen

Does your digital desktop look like the physical desktop of a mad scientist? Word docs scattered about, icons bursting out of every corner, links to...what was this again? Start by creating a folder on your desktop, naming it “Misc,” and dumping all the random things you can’t remember what they are for in that folder. After that, what’s most likely left on your desktop are the icons you click on most. The laborious process of sorting, deleting, and organizing will take time but it’s worth it. And it can be as simple as spending 10 minutes everyday.

 

2. Freshen Up Your Email Inbox

Sometimes opening your email inbox feels like getting punched in the face by 1,000+ hoarded emails. Rather than sorting through all those thousands of emails, just start with the emails you received today. Give yourself 2 options for every email. Delete or sort into a folder.

 

3. Dust Off Social Media Contacts

Are receiving updates in your feed from someone you met once at a bar 5 years ago and don’t even talk to? That kind of thing takes your focus away from people you actually care about. Open up those social media contacts to unfriend and unfollow. You may be surprised by how many people you don’t even remember are in your “friends” list.

 

4. Throw Out Multiple Browser Windows & Tabs

“How did I end up with 10 tabs open with cats riding roomba vaccuum videos?” Sure, we can tell ourselves having multiple tabs open helps us multitask. But more likely than not, more tabs and browsers open lead to unfocused frenzy and distraction. Have at most 3 or 4 open at a time.

 

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Just start one bite and a time and before you know it, you will find your digital life much more easier to handle. Rather than focus on how to spread your digital reputation as far and wide as you can, focus on creating a quality impression on the few platforms that count. And instead of wasting a bunch of time and money with a gazillion programs and apps, sign up for a Swomi Flyer. Swomi Flyers streamline your digital life by automatically connecting a curated audience to your blog or website. Achieve your online digital dreams. Contact us here to learn more about signing up for a Swomi Flyer.

 

Time To Declutter Your Digital Life

When you need a digital detox ASAP

Digital living is synonymous with the minimal life. No more carrying around a notepad. Just open a word doc on your PC. Forget lugging around a fancy DSLR camera. Just point and shoot your smartphone’s built-in camera. Need directions? GPS directions replace large, inconvenient paper maps.

We know, it takes a lot of content to keep your online reputation up to date and relevant. Just download. And download...and download…..and……. download. “Wait, why is my laptop running so slow all of a sudden?” That’s when you know it’s time to {ijseo_redirect id=423}.

 

The Real Price Of Free

 

It’s infinitely easy to download free apps, games, and programs. But did you know you are actually paying a price for “Free” things?

Here’s a rule of thumb for the digital world - “Free” translates to “in-exchange-for.” And you are more likely than not exchanging your “Free” online services for your online content. Your Facebook account is “Free.” What are you exchanging? Images you upload, messages you send, information about your likes/ dislikes/ friends. Anything you do on Facebook, stays on Facebook, belongs to Facebook. It’s very creepy when you really think about it.

And that’s not to single out Facebook or anything. It’s just the example here. If an online service is free, you can be pretty darn sure they are making their money from selling your content to advertisers. How do you think Google became one of the most profitable businesses in the world?

By decluttering the amount of apps, programs, and online services you use, you limit the number of places your information can leak from.

 

Just Say No

 

The solution? Just say no. No to notifications waking you up in the middle of the night. No to games encouraging procrastination. No to wasting hours and hours of your life scrolling through Instagram. Decluttering your digital life means more time spent towards what you find important. Accidentally find you spent two hours reading random Wikipedia links when, deep down, you want to create cupcake recipes for your foodie blog? Looking back on your day, you would have been much happier actively creating something rather than passively absorbing information. Saying no to the unimportant means you have more time for the important.

 

How To Start Decluttering

 

When you know your “Why,” you can bear any “how.” Now that we can realize why decluttering our digital lives is important, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of {ijseo_redirect id=424}. Similar to when you declutter or clean your home, you first start with the living room, then bathroom, and off to the kitchen. Here are four “rooms” of your digital life to focus on one at a time.

 

1. Declutter Your Desktop/ Smartphone Home Screen

Does your digital desktop look like the physical desktop of a mad scientist? Word docs scattered about, icons bursting out of every corner, links to...what was this again? Start by creating a folder on your desktop, naming it “Misc,” and dumping all the random things you can’t remember what they are for in that folder. After that, what’s most likely left on your desktop are the icons you click on most. The laborious process of sorting, deleting, and organizing will take time but it’s worth it. And it can be as simple as spending 10 minutes everyday.

 

2. Freshen Up Your Email Inbox

Sometimes opening your email inbox feels like getting punched in the face by 1,000+ hoarded emails. Rather than sorting through all those thousands of emails, just start with the emails you received today. Give yourself 2 options for every email. Delete or sort into a folder.

 

3. Dust Off Social Media Contacts

Are receiving updates in your feed from someone you met once at a bar 5 years ago and don’t even talk to? That kind of thing takes your focus away from people you actually care about. Open up those social media contacts to unfriend and unfollow. You may be surprised by how many people you don’t even remember are in your “friends” list.

 

4. Throw Out Multiple Browser Windows & Tabs

“How did I end up with 10 tabs open with cats riding roomba vaccuum videos?” Sure, we can tell ourselves having multiple tabs open helps us multitask. But more likely than not, more tabs and browsers open lead to unfocused frenzy and distraction. Have at most 3 or 4 open at a time.

 

{ijseo_redirect id=117} Content Lifestyle

Just start one bite and a time and before you know it, you will find your digital life much more easier to handle. Rather than focus on how to spread your digital reputation as far and wide as you can, focus on creating a quality impression on the few platforms that count. And instead of wasting a bunch of time and money with a gazillion programs and apps, sign up for a Swomi Flyer. Swomi Flyers streamline your digital life by automatically connecting a curated audience to your blog or website. Achieve your online digital dreams. Contact us here to learn more about signing up for a Swomi Flyer.

 


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