With us all now spending more and more time indoors because of the cooler weather, it’s a good idea to use the time to complete task such as a detox of our digital life. We all look after our personal health but part of our mental well being is being organized and on top of every aspect of our life. This means that you should be keeping on top of your digital life too, after all, most people will spend time on social media or the internet on a daily basis.
The devices that you use are probably in need of a digital detox just as much as your home. Have look below at some of ways you can de-clutter your digital life:
Organize Your Desktop
It’s far too easy for your desktop to get a little unruly and unorganized. At times you can be reliant purely on the search bar to find missing files that so many of us don’t file properly. This could be a good area to start with, once you have an organized desktop you have an easy way to store anything you need along with your detox. It’s normal to accumulate digital clutter, but organizing everything into new folders, choosing a new wallpaper and emptying your trash is a good base starting point and to get you motivated to continue.
Back Things Up
Once you’ve decluttered your desktop you have the platform you need in order to organize your life online. Rule number one should be, to always back things up. One of the biggest problems with a digital world has to be the fact that you can lose data, and at times it can’t be recovered. This is when a backup is needed. If you make sure you back up anything you don’t want to lose such as important documents, photos, and emails. There are several different cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox that allow you to digitally store all of your important information from your computer. It’s also a good idea to have a backup storage method such as an external hard drive or USB stick. It pays to be safe, even you do never have to use it.
Delete Unused Applications
It’s very easy to go overboard with applications on devices such as a mac, tablet or phone. Many of us will have several apps in our phones alone that we just never use or have used a handful of times. It’s not uncommon for this to happen and at times people leave them there until they run out of space and are forced to delete them. Face it, if you haven’t used it for a while, it’s likely that it’s useless being on your device. It’s best to do your research in areas such as being able to delete Google account on mac, just to makes sure you’re doing it right.
Whether you’re taking it a day at a time and organizing a little bit at a time or tackling it all one fell swoop, it’s definitely beneficial to have a digital detox once in a while.
Do you have any other ways that you can digitally detox your life? Please share them below.