All posts filed under: Digital Declutter

Minimise Your Online Footprint – Google Yourself Today

Have you ever typed your name into a search engine, and looked through the pages and pages of results seeing traces of your internet past listed here for all to see? If you do this, you’ll probably find several old social media profiles, perhaps a link to a content sharing site where you made a profile to share great articles, and maybe an old blog or two you started but didn’t continue with. It’s great to see these profiles for nostalgic reasons. What it is not so great for is future employers, dates or new friends to seeing the Myspace account you made when you were 10. Today I challenge you to Google yourself, and then set about deleting and archiving any old accounts, profiles or usernames you no longer need. Today, I took a big step and deleted my Twitter account. I used to use it regularly for work, but I no longer use the platform for leisure. It’s purely a place where I conduct social media marketing or analysis. It might be a …

Turn Off Your Phone Notifications, And Start Living Life.

How often are you enjoying dinner with a friend, a family gathering or an important conversation at work when you hear your phone make that familiar trill and look down, instantly distracted by that small digital device we tend to carry everywhere with us these days? I used to be terrible for it, and honestly, I still have a long way to go. Yet I am taking small step towards moving away from that enchanting glow of my mobile screen. Now rather than having notifications enabled for the majority of apps on my phone, I check them at set times throughout the day. Quite often I will look in the morning, on my lunch break and after work. I try to never look before bed as I find the glare messes with my sleep. At first I genuinely felt a bit of anxiety, what if I missed an important message? What if something amazing happened and I missed it? But then I realised after two days of having no notifications and the world not crumbling …

A Minimalist Inbox | How To Sort Your Email Clutter

The majority of us, especially those office based, will receive a large number of emails every day. Add this to the number of personal emails a day we also receive, and we’re talking a lot of digital bombardment for all of our waking hours. The reality is though, unlike text messages, calls or letters a lot of what we receive in our inbox doesn’t need a response. However I still used to check my inbox over breakfast, on the train and after dinner every day. I would say that in my personal inbox, around 80% of what I receive are marketing campaigns or junk emails which are quickly deleted. 10% is around management of travelling, my blog and digital billing, and 10% is personal. The amount I actually need to reply to or take action from remains at around 5-10%. As I have pursued a more minimal lifestyle, I have become a lot more aware of the areas of my life which cause the most noise and unwanted clutter, and quite honestly my email inbox …

Are You Addicted To Your Phone?

If you are waiting in the airport for your flight, at the station waiting for your train, or sat at home waiting in for something to arrive, what do you do? If you’re anything like me, the likelihood is that you will probably spend the majority of this time flicking from app to app on your phone. I don’t think I am alone in this either. All you need to do is look up in any of these situations to instantly see the mass of people lost in the virtual world hidden behind the small screens in the palm of their hands. Even when you are focused and at a social gathering, working or with friends and family, you can so easily be drawn back to looking online by the regular pings and flashes of notifications that will appear on your screen. I know I find it hard to not look if a message pops through or I see that someone has commented on one of my posts. Today I challenge you to firstly, declutter …