In my 2016 resolutions post, I mentioned how I wanted to declutter my life, both my “real” life and my virtual/internet world. It makes me cringe sometimes talking about this because it’s SUPER trendy. Like, everyone and their brother is on the purge/cleanse band wagon.
But I do think that it is super important to streamline things to make room for what you actually do find enjoyable in life. And I think this can be especially true with what you surround/expose yourself to on the internet. Facebook, Instagram, just using your technology can either bring a lot of joy and convenience, or a lot of negativity and hassle.
To coincide with this, YES I KNOW MY STORAGE IS ALMOST FULL. The technology we use to view these things can cause stress, as well. Sort this out at the same time and being “plugged in” will be less and less stressful. It’s suppose to make you life easier, people!
I’ve seen a lot of collections of tips and ideas around the internet, but I figured I’d throw my own into the mix. This is what I’ve been working on as well as what is still on my to-do list.
I’ve never been one to collect Facebook friends. I don’t really go on Facebook that much, to be honest, so when I do, my time is precious! If you’re not important enough to me to be in my feed, I don’t generally keep you as a Facebook friend (I don’t just “unfollow” people). I know I sound old and crotched-y. Oh well. I generally only keep “friends” whose posts I find positive, inspiring, or are people I talk to in real life. And okay, I break my own rule and hate-stalk one or two people from my high school every now and then, but no one’s perfect. But it *is* really important to make an effort to de-clutter your internet life of people who focus too much on their own negativity or inadvertently cause you to have your own negative thoughts.
Also, do the same with your notifications, groups, and pages you “like” (does it age me that I’m putting this stuff in quotations?). I don’t need (or want) every update relating to every band I followed in high school.
I’ve consolidated my various e-mails into my work e-mail (can’t be helped), my “more professional” personal e-mail, and my blogging e-mail. And in all of these I’ve actually (painfully) gone through and sorted out mass deleted 1,000’s of e-mails in my inbox.
Then I unsubscribed like WOAH. I mean really. I think I was on 50+ store mailing lists. Which meant a lot of UO and H&M bargain/sale online shopping. Not anymore! Well, that’s another lie. But it’s a lot less tempting when I’m not bombarded by sales advertisements delivered right to my inbox.
The second part of this is really important because if you don’t limit the amount of mail you’re receiving, you will never EVER keep up your shiny newly-decluttered inbox.
Apply these principles to whatever else you’re involved with on the internet. Streamline so you see only things that make you happy. Don’t miss posts by your favorite people because they’re buried under extraneous crap you don’t care about!