I love technology. In fact, I’m a bit of a nerd. And while there are many wonderful conveniences technology has afforded us, it has had devastating effects on our attention spans and stress levels. So today I offer twelve ways to simplify your life, all of which I have done recently. Manage your technology; don’t let it manage you. You’ll be amazed at how much more organized and less stressed you’ll feel if you’ll implement these:
1. Delete every app off your phone that you don’t use every single day.
2. Go through all your emails and unsubscribe from everything. If it’s content you care about, use Google reader to receive the information you want.
3. Clean out your email inbox. Create a new folder in your email account and label it “Old Emails”. Move everything from your inbox into that folder so that your inbox is empty.
4. Delete all social media apps off your phone. Set a certain time each day to check email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. via the internet- not your phone. And only do it once per day.
5. Clean out your purse/wallet. Right now.
6. Consolidate ALL your to-do lists to ONE PLACE. The napkins/posty-notes/emails/notepads system isn’t working. And you know it. (I use this system and Evernote. If that doesn’t work for you, find whatever does.)
7. Clean off your desk. If nothing else, put everything in a box so you have a clean work area. You’ll feel refreshed.
8. Turn off email notifications on your phone. (And remember, you don’t have social media notifications anymore due to step #4.) This will remove 20+ disruptions per day. You might actually get something done now.
9. Delete all the icons off your computer desktop. If it’s a program, you can find it faster using the start menu search box anyway. If it’s a document, picture, etc., it should be in the appropriate folder.
10. Say no. When you can’t take on another project, do lunch, or accept an invitation, say so. You will cringe. And then you will feel amazing.
11. Single-task. Multi-tasking is more complicated, more stressful, and generally less productive. Instead, do one task at a time.
12. Purge your belongings. We get so used to the clutter around us, we don’t even realize it’s there. De-clutter your house room by room. Anything that’s non-essential can be thrown away, donated, or sold. You’ll be amazed at how much clutter you find, and how great it makes you feel to get rid of it.
You will be absolutely blown away by how much stress these twelve steps will remove from your life. I promise.
What better way to start your weekend than getting organized, de-cluttered, and de-stressed?!
Which one of these do you need to do the most? Let me know in the comments.