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How to Clear Digital Clutter – Part 2

In a recent post, I shared the importance of doing a thorough assessment to identify the extent of clutter in your digital life. I suggested doing this because you don’t always think beyond our computer desktop and documents when this topic comes up. By also assessing the amount of clutter that has collected in your email, phone and photo library, you can put a plan in place to clear digital clutter in all relevant areas. You will ultimately be more efficient and be able to quickly find information once the decluttering tasks are done. At the end of the day, this will prove to be time well spent.

Today, I am focusing on creating a game plan for tackling these tasks. I highly recommend taking on a slow and steady mindset when faced with this project.  If not, you may start getting overwhelmed and toss in the towel before getting the job done. Here are some additional thoughts to consider.

Create a Digital Clutter Gameplan & Prioritize the Tasks

  1. Collect all the tasks that you noted when assessing each of your devices into one list.
  2. Identify those tasks that will have the greatest impact on your overall productivity.
  3. Set your priorities with those tasks you’ve identified in point 2 in mind.
  4. Determine the amount of time that you can devote to this project on a weekly basis. It can be as little as 10 minutes at a time.
  5. Set the timer on your phone so that you honor the time commitment but don’t exceed it
  6. Assess your calendar and find small chunks that you can block on a recurring basis.
  7. Set a goal for completing this project. If you’re not sure how long it will take to complete all the tasks on your list, give yourself a month or 2 based on the amount of time spent on the tasks each week.

Remember that clearing your digital clutter can be completed in a steady stream of small chunks of time. So… find those small blocks of time and get started. Check back to read my next post on tackling the tasks to be done. If you have any questions in the meantime concerning how to clear digital clutter, let’s talk.

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