Digital De-Cluttering Can Relax Your Mind
Imagine a room full of clutter, mess and disorder. There’s not much space to place your foot, the air is stale and the more time you spend in the room, the more agitated you become. You feel stressed and anxious. You start clearing up the room and make some space for yourself. You open the windows and let in some fresh air and sunlight. You move things around and keep them in an organized fashion. Immediately you feel relaxed, breathe a sigh of relief and are able to sit down to focus on the task at hand.
If you understand the importance of physical de-cluttering and the impact it can leave on your productivity and stress levels, you must take a moment to read this blog and understand digital de-cluttering.
With more and more information piling up on the internet each day and the number of unread emails escalating in our inboxes, we are in an age of digital clutter. And this transition from the age of information to the age of digital clutter is leading to a lot of stress, anxiety and compulsivity everywhere.
A lot of people report that they feel overwhelmed, anxious and confused by the sheer volume of information that they deal with on a daily basis. Digital clutter grows like untended weeds in a garden and it can have a negative impact, similar to physical clutter.
If you experience any of the following issues, you are a victim of digital clutter!
- Feel burdened by the ‘digital noise’
- Can’t easily find emails, documents or sites
- Feel embarrassed and drained by the clutter and disorganization
- Afraid to delete anything for fear you might need it later
- Spend too much time in the virtual world
- Run out of memory or disk space often
- Have trouble backing up files
Digital de-cluttering is easy and if you make it a habit, it can lead to many benefits. It is not complicated or time consuming if you plan well. Here are a few suggestions that you can follow –
Start with baby steps – You don’t have to clean up all your material at once. Start with small steps. Delete old unread emails and clear spam. Remove old photos and forwarded media. If there are big files, like movies or other work related files that are no longer usable, get rid of them. If you find it difficult to decide what to delete, ask yourself if you need a particular file. Don’t forget to backup files that are not required but need to be archived.
Focus only on decluttering – Don’t go back to Facebook or WhatsApp to check updates. When you are cleaning up, focus on the task at hand. This will help you clear up the negative energies all the clutter might have infested you with.
Commit to the process every week – Make it a habit. Ensure that you keep your digital spaces clean by spending at least 15-20 minutes every week decluttering.
Once you declutter your emails, your laptop and your phone; you will experience the freedom and relief of a clean virtual space. A regular process of decluttering can have these advantages:
- Boost your productivity
- Improve focus and concentration
- Reduce stress
- Build confidence
- Inculcate discipline
To top it all, decluttering will speed up your laptop, phone and email which will make your life much easier. So, don’t procrastinate any further, go ahead and start decluttering now.
This year onwards, let your Diwali home cleaning include digital cleaning up also!