Have you ever stopped to think about what your digital life says about you? Every action you take online leaves a digital footprint and with more and more of our lives being lived digitally, taking stock of your behavior and digital lifestyle will allow you to stay on top of things.
Digital clutter is a real thing, and it can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and burnout. How can you clear out some of your digital clutter and clear your mind?
Clear your storage
Much like you would your closet, go through everything you store in your home and assess if you need it or not. Find the best iPhone cleaner to help you remove old files and data that you no longer need to hold on your iPhone. You can also free up space manually by clearing your Safari cache via Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.
Have you got an android? Then you can run one of many free-to-use app cleaners or head to your phone’s storage to receive a prompt on cleaning up your phone and removing bloat you no longer need.
Remove permissions on your phone.
Have a look through everything you have permitted on your phone and revoke anything you no longer need or use. This can reduce your information being shared in various apps and third parties and help you digitally secure your details.
Go through all of your connected apps on your social media accounts too. Remove anything you no longer need and delete their permissions.
Delete old files
Head into your storage and files and have a look at the downloads and files you are storing. Assess whether or not you need them and delete anything you don’t need. You can do this manually on your phone or computer, or you can download a program to do the leg work for you and remove anything you no longer need.
Anything you do want to keep, you can transfer to cloud-based storage for easy access to avoid accidentally deleting and still freeing up space at the same time.
Emails can be a huge source of digital clutter. You need to unsubscribe to any emails you no longer want to use and get them out of your inbox. Do a few a day and build up to removing as many emails as you want to get rid of over a few weeks. Do this as they come through to your phone, or put aside 10 minutes per day to unsubscribe.
Deactivate online accounts
No longer use a specific website or service? If you haven’t visited in the past six months, for example, assess if you still need the account and close it down. Then remove this from your digital life by deleting your account. This is usually easy to do, and the company will remove any data it holds on you when request account deletion. As with emails, put time aside to mentally look at all the sites you visit or no longer visit and have saved in bookmarks, etc.
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