24 Aug

Digital Decluttering

Image By Frank Gruber

I recently spent a week camping in Cornwall with my Fiance  and my Daughter. During the week I had virtually no mobile phone signal except when we popped to the supermarket or into a town. This meant no email or internet access for me too… My initial thoughts were “Oh heck… how do I keep on top of my work stuff?”… but it actually became a blessing in disguise. Having no email or internet access allowed me to properly switch off and relax. In fact I hardly thought about work at all while I was away. And even when I tried to, I actually found it difficult… I just wanted to get on with being in the moment, enjoying messing about in the sea, sitting on the beach watching the world go by, or doing general camping stuff.

The Big Wake up call…

When I did finally get access to my emails, all 567 of them, I immediately realised something. Firstly that they were just filling up my phones memory, making it slower and slower, and most importantly, I have an inherent ability to surround myself with clutter, in every shape and form possible. And one of the biggest areas in which my life is cluttered, is email… More than 95% of the emails I received while away where junk, or stuff I would never read, and that’s after Gmails spam filter had already been through everything!

I’ve been subscribing to god knows how many internet marketing newsletters, free ezines, special offers… my inbox was swallowing up so much of my time and attention each day.

Action Plan – How To De-Clutter Your Inbox

This Monday I returned to my office with a plan of action in mind. Each time I checked my email, if there was something I would never read or was complete junk, I’d unsubscribe there and then. And do you know what? Yesterday was a remarkably quiet day in my inbox 🙂

Step 1 – Take a look at your emails today… look at where each one comes from…

  • How many are ones you’ll never open
  • Do you really need all those facebook notifications… turn them off… chances are if they’re important you’ll find out anyway
  • Unsubscribe there and then and feel good about freeing up your inbox allowing you to focus on what really matters in your day, not the latest Get Rich Quick Scheme (And let’s face it, most of this internet marketing stuff is just that!)
  • How many are special offers? Do you need that extra temptation to spend (well they say SAVE) money? Unsubscribe and Save even more money! It’s a no-brainer.

Step 2 – Grab the kitchen timer and set it to 5 mins

  • Now find the first “Junk” email that you’ve not read in your inbox
  • Search for more emails from that sender
  • Delete them… Feels good doesn’t it?

Take a serious look at what hits your inbox next time you check your email and be ruthless

More ramblings and the odd bit of usefulness very soon… 🙂