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Digital Declutter

Digital Declutter

  • Clear your browser history.
  • Unsubscribe from newsletters, podcasts, blogs, and anything else you consume.
  • Delete all the apps that are currently on your phone and desktop or laptop (as long as you don’t have to buy a new version of anything).

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Most people do not consume content deliberately. They just click on whatever moves through their feed.

Deliberate consumption means you consume what you decide on beforehand. If you consume less and are intentional about it, you'll get more out of the content you consume.

If you want to reduce the impact of distractions, design an environment conducive to thatWillpower doesn't work. Checking email or Facebook is an impulse, not a choice.

  • Use a Distraction Blocker.
  • Work in Full-screen mode.
  • Leave your phone out of the room.
  • Keep your inbox closed by default.

Every app you use, social network you join, link you click, blog you read, podcast you consume impacts your mindset and thinking. 

  • Does it make you happier?
  • More productive?
  • Successful?
  • Speak to your heart?

If the answer is no, don't allow it into your world.

We can reclaim our time and our attention. Unlike a physical space, we can wipe the slate clean in our digital environment.

If you clear apps from your phone, nothing will happen. You can always reinstall the ones you use.

  • Carry a physical notebook. It's a distraction-free tool.
  • Read physical books. We retain more when we read physical books.
  • Meet people in person. The digital to human contact ratio in most of our lives are entirely out of balance.
Cluttered digital lives

If people's physical lives were anywhere near as cluttered as their digital lives, their kitchen sinks would be full of dishes, their closets would be jammed, and their houses would be in chaos.

But our digital lives are limited to our devices, so we don't notice how messy they are. Our news feeds are filled with updates we don't care about. We're subscribed to 100 podcasts but listen to only a few.

To find out what to keep, determine how much value something is adding to your life.
Decide which are "optional" that you can take a break from for thirty days. As a rule, consider the technology optional unless its temporary removal would harm your life.

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Digital minimalism

Digital minimalism is a "philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimised activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else."  - Cal Newport

Use technology to "support" your personal goals, rather than letting it "use" you.

Noisy Existence

Our lives are infiltrated by noise and distractions.

We let ourselves get distracted by phone rings, notifications, email, etc., which take up most of our day.

Even when there is no distraction, the phone silently sitting next to you is a psychological distraction in itself, as you know that it can disturb you any second.

Decluttering a to-do list

Your to-do list should be an extension of your mind. It's a way of storing away tomorrow's work so that you can focus on what you have to do today.

However, if we don't regularly tidy up our list, it can get cluttered. Instead of a reliable to-do list, it can become a cumbersome task in itself that cease to fulfil the function it was designed for. Learning from Marie Kondo, we can declutter our task list in a similar way she tidies physical belongings.