6 Technology Trouble Areas to Tackle in Your Spring Cleaning
There’s something about warm weather and a blossoming natural world that seems to offer yet another fresh start to us all. The spring reset is one of my favorites because it’s often associated with cleansing and rebirth. While we’re all used to hearing about purging our closets, technology is an area that often seems to be neglected when it comes to spring cleaning. However, with so much of our lives existing in the digital space, you’ll be shocked at how liberating it can feel to clean out your digital space as much as your physical one.
Here are six areas to tackle in your spring technology cleaning this year:
Clean out photos on your phone by deleting the ones you don’t want, and printing and/or saving the ones you do onto an external hard drive (like this one). This purge could also extend to doing a complete inventory of your social media channels. Do you feel that all of the content out there represents you and your personal brand well? If there are some questionable photos from yesteryear or even last weekend, be sure to delete them or untag yourself.
Sort through your contacts on your phone by asking yourself, “Who do I no longer speak to?” Do you have uniform first and last names for each of your contacts? Do you want to add an email, home address, and a photo for each contact? Creating uniformity will help you streamline communication in your personal and work life.
Delete those pesky, distracting apps! Our technology can be both a massive distraction and happiness suck. Nip that negativity in the bud by saying ‘see ya’ to apps that don’t add anything to your life (for ones that add some positivity, click here).
This could be anything from games like Candy Crush to social media apps like Facebook and Instagram. Many studies have shown that time spent on social media to directly linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety. Consider replacing these apps with others like Calm, a meditation app, or MinimaList, a free productivity app.
If your inbox is comparable to a dark abyss wherein all things good and bad go to die, this one’s for you. Carve out an hour or two to truly tackle what may be a massive undertaking. Unsubscribe from promotional emails, create file folders to organize important information, and be sure to respond to emails that have been accumulating dust in your inbox. Unroll.me is a fantastic site to use that will show you what promotional emails you’re currently subscribed to and unenroll you in just a few simple steps.
5. Computer Files
Our computers can quickly become a catch-all for random screenshots, photos from 5+ years ago, and the cringe-worthy essays we wrote in our freshman year English class. Watch the stress melt away by organizing, deleting, and moving files onto that external hard drive.
I have three file folders on my desktop: current work projects, career/resume information, and personal photos (I like to have no more than 100 photos on my computer at any given time). Say ‘goodbye’ to clutter and ‘hello’ to productivity!
Take a few hours to update your résumé and Linkedin profiles. When we are updating each piece at different times, our message and personal branding can become inconsistent and disjointed. Be sure that the way you present yourself on paper and online is aligned with one another and tell a cohesive story. Looking to spice up your résumé? Check out sites like Canva that offer free resume templates that will help you pop on paper.
How do you plan to declutter your life this spring?