I love minimalism, I endlessly scroll pristine Pinterest board in search of some quite visual time.
I dream of a clean desktop, nearly empty inbox and well-organized desk. Truth is that procastination usually gets the best of my good intentions and my workspace ends up looking more like a kids playground after a party than a designlovefest instagram picture.
I try to blame my mess on lack of time but I’m aware that life get’s a lot easier if you don’t have to spend twenty minutes looking for a file on your laptop. So in the hope to become a little more productive I’ve gotten myself into a mini digital cleanse.
All it took was an hour (ok let’s make it two) and these small steps that you can follow too. Ready?
I’m a digital hoarder. My desktop looks like the floor of a discount store after Christmas. I download files faster than I think and usually leave them on the desktop for a future organization that never comes. But that time as finally come and here are the four easy step to desktop heaven.
- For the sake of creating some visual peace create a new folder and drop all the files floating on the desktop in it. The sort through it chronologically to get rid of anything you don’t need and create new folders for stuff you want to keep.
- Get the Chrome extention Download to Dropbox It will add an option to your right-click menu to send any files directly from the web to a folder on your Dropbox. You can accomplish something similar manually in Firefox with the extension Save Link in Folder. It will save you time later and keep your desktop clean.
- Watch this video for an unclutterred desktop :
- Download a nice desktop wallpaper. You can get some really nice and free ones from designlovefest and Breanna Rose.
KILL THE TABS
My browser is like my brain it has too many tabs open. Luckily there is Tab Killer, a chrome extension that will file all your open tabs away for later without cluttering your bookmarks bar.
There is nothing more paralyzing than an inbox filled with unread email that scream for your attention. Luckly there are apps than can speed up the process of decluttering the inbox.
Step 1. Sort your inbox by sender to make deleting batches of emails easier. In Gmail, you can search “from:[name of sender].” So say goodbye to Groupon and all the half-leg waxing offers.
Step 2. Unsubscribe from all unread newsletters
I think I subscribe to more newsletters than one possibly can. And the worst part of it is that I never read them and they end up in the unopened inbox.
Unroll.me has saved my life. It unsubscribes you from unwanted email lists and combines what you love into a beautiful digest email called The Rollup.
Facebook friends are like bad news, the less you read about them the better you feel. And there is a really simple way to liberate your newsfeed from too many baby pictures and love stories updates. Facebook has a page where it shows you friends you don’t interact with much. You can choose to add them to an Acquaintances list, where you’ll see less of them on Newsfeed, or just defriend them altogether.
As for Twitter ManageFlitter is an app that helps organize people you’re following so you can decide who to unfollow. It sorts by people who don’t follow you back, people who’ve been inactive for a set period of time, and people who might be spam.
For Instagram you can use Justunfollow.com and get rid of the too many selfie addicts.
BACK IT UP
My to do list has one line that keeps coming up : Back up. It seems like the most “procastinable” task ever. With Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive there are no more excuses. And don’t forget an external hard drive for all your bigger files.
And that, my friends, is how you do a digital cleanse. Now let’s hope this last at least one week.