Are you feeling overwhelmed by your inbox? You phones a mess and even on your best day you can't keep on top of all those little red numbers popping up on your social media apps? You are not alone, friend.
Here are 32 quick and simple ways to work toward decluttering your digital life, eliminating the daily overwhelm and allowing you some space to unplug:
- Turn of app notifications for social media - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Groups, etc.
- Move social media apps into a folder on the last page of your phone.
- Delete Facebook Messenger from your phone.
- Mute Instagram stories on your business accounts.
- Unfollow anyone on Snapchat whose story you swipe past regularly.
- Weed out your Instagram following a couple times a year. Eliminate anyone whose feed doesn't inspire or bring you joy.
- Think about the accounts on social media that make you feel bad about yourself. (That girl with the awesome abs, your friend from high school who seems to have all that and a bag of chips, you know what I am talking about. Stop torturing yourself and unfollow them. Find someone whose account provides you positive thoughts and encouragement instead.
- Unfollow friends on Facebook who post things that don't bring you joy. (Even if it's family! Remember, this won't remove them as your friend, just hide their posts from your feed.)
- Take social media free weekends!
- Write canned responses for email inquiries that you often receive.
- Unsubscribe from unnecessary emails. I am a long time fan of Unroll.me!
- Turn off email notifications on your desktop (on your laptop + tablet too!
- Remove your email app from your phone.
- Forward all your email addresses to one email so you can access everything in one place.
- Only touch emails once if possible. Open an email and handle whatever you need to instead of letting it sit in your inbox.
- Make labels in your inbox that categorize by priority and make it a habit to label all messages that aren't deleted or archived.
- Archive necessary emails. (Such as emails with login info. or details for an upcoming trip.)
- Delete everything that you don't need + unsubscribe if you haven't already.
- When you are playing catchup, taking a break or just need to unplug, set an automatic reply on your email explaining that you won't be available. You deserve a life outside your inbox and don't have to respond to every email immediately!
- Create a personal email account for personal matters and delegate tasks within your business account to a staff member.
- Create a FAQ page to send people to for answers to quick questions you often receive. For example, if you are accepting resumes for employees or proposals for guest bloggers, create a page with the details they need to know, your requirements and where to contact you.
- Check your email once or twice a day, handle what you need to handle and move on to your other work tasks. If you check every email each time a message comes in you'll find yourself down the rabbit hole and miles away from getting your planned tasks accomplished.
- Don't send emails before 8 AM or after 6 PM. Don't let your clients and colleagues get in the habit of reaching you at off hours. This is your time to rest. Write the email if you must and save it to send in the morning.
PHONE + APPS
- Put your phone on airplane mode at lunch and dinner.
- Put your phone on do not disturb after 8 pm. (And don't peek until tomorrow, dangit!)
- Move the apps you no longer use into a folder. If you don't open them after a month, delete them. (Remember they aren't gone forever!)
- Mute your personal phone during business hours and your business phone during personal hours.
- Categorize your apps into folders to make them easy to access.
- Use shared lists at home and work for projects, housework, shopping, etc. (Wunderlist is great!)
- Make your desktop a file-free zone. Pick one day a week and clean your desktop of everything by filing away necessities and deleting things you know longer need.
- Keep everything in one place. I am a Dropbox and iCloud girl but there are plenty of options. Do some research and find what works for you!
- Sync your calendar with your phone, tablet and any other device. No more losing dates!
- Backup your computer routinely on a cloud based service like iCloud.
- Use a password protection service to keep your passwords in one place and protect your assets. (I use 1Password.)
- Use shared Google Apps (Sheets, Docs, etc.) for sharing information with clients, collecting surveys, and working on shared projects instead of passing multiple Word documents back and forth via email.
What are your favorite ways to organize your digital life? Leave me a comment below!