When we think of decluttering, we usually think of things around the house that we need to either put away, throw away or give away. In my quest to minimize my life, I have found I also need to declutter my online life starting with my email.
If you are like me, you may have more than one email address. I have a public email, a private email and two business emails. The longer we have our email, the more places we share our email, the more cluttered our email inboxes become. Pretty soon we are sifting through all sorts of newsletters, special offers, updates, announcements, notifications, statements etc. to find the things we really want or need to pay attention to. We end up spending more unproductive time sorting through everything and getting distracted than we do connecting with the things we need to accomplish.
This also happens to our Facebook and other social media accounts where we are sifting through the pages, group posts, and irrelevant memes to find those few that are important.
I am taking some time today to declutter my social media. I’ll be going through my inbox and deleting all those emails that I’ve never read, going through my subscriptions to weed out the newsletters and subscriptions I don’t need anymore, and making sure I am keeping only those that I really want or need. I’ll be going through my blog feeds to weed out the ones I’m not interested anymore or the ones that aren’t active anymore. I’ll be going through my Facebook and other social media accounts to get rid of all the pages, groups, apps, and yes, even friends, that aren’t needed or active. And I’ll even be going through my phone to delete unnecessary apps, files and contacts.
My hope is that by doing this decluttering I’ll be better able to focus more on the relevant content and better, closer connections to the people that are most important.
How about you? When was the last time you decluttered your online life?