The term decluttering has now come into use quite widely but it is associated with the house, with the closets to be emptied of clothes that you never wear, with useless knick-knacks to give or resell. And how does a digital decluttering? The logic is the same but we have to transport it into the digital context. No boxes and markets, therefore, no second-hand shop and little sweat but a lot of guts and severity to be able to get rid of the superfluous even on our smartphone and on our pc. It will be a great effort at the beginning, because all the icons will seem to have extreme importance for us, so much so that they cannot be eliminated at all.
Digital decluttering: what it is
Who knows the term decluttering will have already understood but let's start from scratch. Decluttering indicates the practice of getting rid of everything that we don't need and that, on the contrary, steals space from us in this mental case.
It is often said that an orderly house corresponds to an orderly and free mind, and vice versa, but this absolutely applies to the digital part as well. Those desktop full of icons create confusion in the mind of those who work on the PC and can distract us in an almost disruptive way. It is certainly useful to have everything at hand but everything we really need. If we overdo it, it becomes a jungle and we are in trouble, if everything is important, nothing is important.
Do a digital decluttering so it means cleaning and ordering, choosing what we really need and eliminating the rest. Files, apps, photos and videos and maybe even some contacts. But that's not all, if we have social profiles - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram - a nice cleaning can also be done here. Of contacts but also of pages to follow, so that notifications are really noteworthy.
Digital decluttering: how it's done
Step by step we can put our digital spaces in order to be able to use them at their best and prevent them from suffocating or stressing us. You will see that this has nothing ascetic or anti social mini-tongue, it's just about making room for the things we need or love
Digital decluttering: mail
Email is a tool and like any tool it can be used well or badly. It is up to us and we must know that we can also protect ourselves from those who use it badly, so that it does not disturb us. I refer to the many spam mail but also to the pressing newsletters to which you are subscribed a little by chance. This happens sometimes even at work, with those emails with a thousand copy people that become explosive.
We can organize our post office by dividing the mail by categories in order to recover them better, and we can even, with Gmail for example, pause our inbox, avoiding receiving messages for a period of time of our choice. If we need to concentrate, it is a very useful trick and you will see that even if we do not read the emails for a while, nothing catastrophic happens. In the meantime, we can better deal with our priorities.
We can also identify moments in which we dedicate ourselves to emails to process a few in a row and then dedicate ourselves to something else so that we do not have to keep shifting attention from one thing to another. To avoid the bombing of newsletters, we can spam them and who sees them more? Emails are a real nuisance even on mobile phones, better to remove automatic notifications and decide when to look at them.
Digital decluttering: Social network
It has never happened to you to open a social network to watch or do something specific and then get lost in timeline or in notifications forgetting your intent. This happens often to me, which is why it is very important to limit the number of notifications we receive to a minimum. Especially the pages. We can decide whether or not to notify us for each post and how. There are those who even go so far as to remove the app from your phone, this depends on the sensitivity of each one, I am of the opinion that social networks are also useful so I prefer to adjust the notifications as I wish but keep the possibility to consult them even when I am around.
Digital Decluttering: apps and icons
In my opinion apps and icons they go a bit hand in hand, with the same logic we accumulate them and with the same logic we can get rid of them. The idea that leads us to accumulation is the alleged need to have everything at hand, in evidence. When our needs change, we forget to clean up though and the screen gets crowded. It's like we never wash the dishes or throw away the newspapers. We browse our screen app by app, icon by icon and, honestly with ourselves, we choose to keep only what really interests us. And we cluster apps so that there is more order in our head too.
Digital decluttering: news and readings
Today via PC and smartphone we inform ourselves, with the for flash news or even by reading entire documents. It is a very interesting possibility but it can also become a nightmare if we fail to limit this type of functionality.
For the news we have several apps that send alerts and notifications, if we want them, we make sure to indicate precisely what kind of news really interest us so much that we want to see them flaunted on the mobile. It may be more convenient to subscribe to thematic newsletters and read them when we can devote time to ourselves instead of seeing headlines strained at the most inopportune moments.
On the mobile we can also save documents or ebooks that interest us, perhaps to read in the queue or on the train. The function of the reading list which allows us to stay focused on what we are doing but at the same time not miss the link that we have noticed interesting and that we would like to deepen tonight. Here, whether it is evening or morning, we try to identify moments of the day to read the news or the contents that we have kept aside or the fresh news of the day.
Digital Decluttering and agenda
Beyond the cleaning we can do on our cell phones, it is in our mind that we must have it. Bombarded with so many different stimuli, we must have discipline and stay in control of our time and our thoughts. Without being too schematic, we identify moments dedicated to emails, apps, news. Even whatsapp which can become annoying if we are in many groups. If it is not an urgent message, let's take the time to reply to everyone at a certain time, when returning from the office or during a walk. This will make our life not only more productive but also more relaxed.