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1. Declutter Your Smartphone

1. Declutter Your Smartphone

a) Disable notifications

Every mobile app these days comes with a plethora of notifications. Most of which are garbage and are the ways to grab your attention.

In both Android and iPhone, you can disable notifications for individual apps by going into the Settings.

b) Delete Unused Apps

Chances are there would be apps like some photo editing app or a habit tracking app that you never use. Delete them. Free up phone’s memory.

c) Move Photos Away

Free up your phone from photos and back them up to cloud storage. If you don’t have much cloud space, you transfer them to your computer.

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2-i. Declutter Your Computer

2-i. Declutter Your Computer

a) Clear Up Your Desktop

If you are like most people, your desktop screen will be crowded with Word documents, Excel sheets, and photos of your children.

Out of all those items occupying your home screen, move the useful ones to their respective folders and trash the remaining.

Moreover, set a simple wallpaper for your home screen.

b) Limit the Number of Startup Apps

Startup Apps are the programs that load up automatically when you start your computer.

Make sure to turn off the apps that have ‘High Impact’ because these are the ones that consume most of the processing power.

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2-ii. Declutter Your Computer-2

2-ii. Declutter Your Computer-2

c) Organize A Folder System

Use a folder system to organize your files. Movies go in the movies folder. Songs in songs folders. So on and so forth.

Establish a folder hierarchy if a simple folder system doesn’t work for you.

d) Backup Photos

Just like your smartphone, backup your photos to a cloud service. You can also transfer them to an external hard drive.

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3. Declutter Your Social Media

3. Declutter Your Social Media

a) Take A Break From Social Media

Practice a social media detox. It may sound impossible but it is worth giving a try.

Take a month off or at least, and notice the changes in your life. Write your thoughts and feelings in a diary

b) Delete Social Media Apps from Phone

First and foremost, kill the biggest culprit. Social Media Apps. Use social media in a mobile browser or on a computer only.

c) Fewer Social Media Accounts

You don’t need a have presence on every Zuckerberg platform. Ideally, you should have only one social media account. Maybe two.

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4. Declutter Email

4. Declutter Email

a) Unsubscribe from Newsletters

You surely don’t have time to read all 30 motivational newsletters you have subscribed to overtime.

Stick with two or three quality newsletters.

b) Clear Your Inbox

Take a tour of your inbox and Archive any emails that can be important in the future but are not urgent. Delete any spam or marketing emails but be sure to unsubscribe from them before deleting.

c) Use Email Less

You don’t need to constantly check and immediately respond to every new message.

Follow this golden rule: “The fewer emails you sent, the fewer emails you receive.”

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Just like your regular life, your digital life also needs a declutter-drive now and then. As we use the internet and digital devices for more and more services, our life may get easier but our digital life gets messier and messier. Many people have no idea how many emails they are subscribed to or how many online accounts they have. To get hold of your digital life, follow these steps:

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