Computers, the internet, social media and the explosion of information has changed our world forever. But like a junk drawer that collects dust, our inboxes, hard drives, clouds, and ultimately our minds become a haven for electronic clutter. I wonder how many brain cells all of that clutter kills?!
Do you remember how peaceful the world was without nagging pop-ups, reminders, pings, and beeps?
In my quest to drive a simpler life, I’ve search for ways to reduce the clutter I have in my electronic life. Here are a few recent examples …
- This summer GMAIL began categorizing my email for me. I didn’t ask for it but it was a welcomed new feature that sorts by 3 buckets: “primary”, “social” and “promotions”. It’s cut my email time in half. Now that’s, productivity!
- I joined Unroll.me, a clever service that helps you get rid of unwanted newsletter email. It informed me I had 249 (?!) subscriptions in my inbox. After purging 200 I felt a huge sense of relief. Unroll.me then takes your remaining subscriptions and scrapes them into one email it sends you daily.
- And my personal favorite at work? No more PowerPoint unless absolutely necessary. You want me? Engage and have a real conversation! Or shake it up and use something more engaging. While it’s got everyone up in arms at work, I don’t think I’ve been this excited in a while … perhaps since U2 last toured.
Have any great electronic organization tips and tricks?