This month I’m reading Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Busy World and it’s a good one with some tangible takeaways that we can all benefit from.
One of my favorite parts of his book is the…
30 Day Plan to Declutter Your Digital Life
If you’re feeling like you need a digital declutter this is THE post for you! So how do you do it?!?!
Step 1: Use only the technology you truly need for 30 days
What do you mean by truly need?
We’re talking about using just the technology you need to maintain your personal and professional life. Think deeply about what this looks like for your life.
Here are a few examples of unnecessary technology usage in my own life:
- Instagram scrolling and for personal use…my business is a different story!
- I don’t need to be watching T.V. That is NOT a must.
- Facebook period. I only feel it’s necessary to get on to check on updates in my dance community, book club, and local organizations I’m apart of.
- Scrolling my favorite blogs…not necessary!
So ask yourself – what technology is NECESSARY for my personal life to function and for me to thrive in my career? If a tech item, app, etc. doesn’t make the list, cut it!
Step 2: Engage with activities you used to enjoy
Fill the time you have previously used on your unnecessary technology time with things you enjoy – reading, hiking, community outreach, art, sports, etc. Or if you don’t have a hobby or something that comes to mind, use this time to establish a connection with a new activity or hobby that will enhance your life.
Digital technology has a way of pushing analog activities out of your life. So, let’s find a way to integrate life-giving activities into your week instead.
Step 3: Decide which digital tasks/activities deserve your time
Think about how and when you will use technology, based on your own values.
Here are ways people have focused their technology use to the activities they value:
- Community based Facebook Groups | Book mark the page so you can go straight to the group’s posts without looking at everything else on Facebook.
- News | Listen to the news for a short period of time or read a quick summary so you don’t get sucked into a news vortex.
- Social Media | Delete the apps from your phone to limit your time on these platforms.
- Instagram | Follow only the accounts that inspire you or make your life better. This will limit the amount of things you intake when you’re on Instagram and you’ll only see the things you love or are inspired by.
- Phone Curfews | Put a curfew on your phone usage to give yourself a break, turn on airplane mode so. you don’t get notifications, and charge your phone outside your bedroom.
- Turn off all notifications | Turn off all notifications so that when you go to access your phone you focus on the task at hand and don’t get distracted by other people’s agendas.
- Create. T.V. consumption guidelines | Decide when and where you’ll watch your favorite shows and limit the amount of time you watch t.v. each day.
And that’s it! Well, there’s much more to the book than that, but this challenge will help get you in a better place for getting your digital life in control.Use this all as a time to declutter your digital life for just 30 days. Commit to the process for just 30 days and see how you feel.
Have you decluttered your digital life? Have you tried this challenge? If so, let me know how it went in the comments below. If not, let me know when you plan to join in on getting rid of the digital clutter in your life.