After a long day of making decisions, being accountable to others, and rushing around in traffic, the last thing you want is to be surprised by something unexpected.
Quite often, these surprises can be mitigated through organization and a system for ensuring that things don’t fall through the cracks.
Although it can be tempting to go home, slip into something cozy, and leave the workday behind you, may I suggest taking just 5 minutes out of your day to declutter?
Decluttering is the process of removing clutter from your life. There are many ways to remove clutter, and when it’s a physical item that you trip over to get into the bathroom, it’s easier to keep it top of mind.
Fortunately/unfortunately, we live in the age of data and information.
With the ability to store so much information and data comes a great conundrum, buy more storage, ignore data limits and face last minute warnings that you’re reaching capacity, or proactively delete those things that no longer serve you
When you choose to just buy more data, you run the risk of losing information in the process. When you choose to ignore the situation, you face the potential of deleting something you did not mean to delete. When you choose a proactive approach, you will feel more in control of your data and also have a clearer mind for what to do with it.
“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the ideas and insights of many others.” – Lee Iacocca
Do yourself a favor and start being a synthesizer of information by decluttering the information that you have on your tech devices, starting with your cell phone.
Managing your contacts helps you maintain strong relationships with the people who truly matter in your life while letting go of those no longer relevant, promoting a healthier social circle.
Regularly deleting old messages and emails can save storage space on your device, preventing it from slowing down or crashing due to lack of memory.
Once you’re finished with contacts and correspondence, go after important information and documents in your phone, tablet, and computer folders.
Taking time for digital maintenance allows you to keep track of the things that are important, making them easier to find when needed and reducing the risk of losing crucial data.
Decluttering your digital life can lead to increased productivity and focus by reducing distractions from unnecessary notifications or irrelevant information.
By dedicating a small portion of each day to managing your contacts and messages, you can ensure that your digital life remains organized and under control, leading to less stress and a more balanced lifestyle. You also will have a better handle on the information at your fingertips and be better ready to do something positive with what you already have.
Before transitioning from your work day to your personal day, take just a few minutes to declutter your technology.
At first it may seem daunting, but start with one area and get the hang of what works well for you.
What will be your first area to tackle?
Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of our decluttering throughout the day. That’s why we added it as a healthy habit to track in The Agile Life Plan 4-week kick-start free course. Try it out for yourself 🙂