The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Digital Life
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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.
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.
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.
If you want to reduce the impact of distractions, design an environment conducive to that. Willpower doesn't work. Checking email or Facebook is an impulse, not a choice.
Every app you use, social network you join, link you click, blog you read, podcast you consume impacts your mindset and thinking.
If the answer is no, don't allow it into your world.
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.
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