Mindset Revamp: Decluttering Your Digital Space

Thursday, September 02, 2021 , , , 0 Comments


digital clutter

Digital clutter happens when we store too much digital information on our devices or online. It also occurs when we spend too much of our time in the virtual world, scrolling away. The fact that digital clutter isn’t physical doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It is real.

If digital clutter is left unchecked, it can lead to digital hoarding, which is the accumulation of digital files and the reluctance to delete them to the extent of causing stress, disorganization, and other negative consequences.

The digital revolution has brought about the paperless concept. In this era, even small businesses can afford to go paperless and this is a cost-effective option.

There is hardly any front-facing business that is still relying on the old method of storing data.

Digital clutter can exist in different forms such as multiple tabs on your browser, old messages, mobile apps, desktop icons, old contact information, email, screenshots, and even social media.

Why should we beat digital clutter?

You may be wondering that, “what’s the point of getting rid of digital clutter?” Can’t we just live with it since our mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives?

I’ll explain why.

· Security risks

Digital clutter can make you vulnerable to security risks. For instance, if you have several apps on your smartphone, it can be difficult to update them regularly. The ones you fail to update can cause security risks. 

Hackers often exploit the vulnerabilities in older versions of mobile apps to steal information and I believe that’s not what you want.

· Affect our overall wellbeing

Digital can make you sick. Having more screen time has been linked to different mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and even suicide.

· Poor sleep quality

Millions of people are battling with sleep issues and don’t know why. Constant exposure to the blue light from our digital devices can disrupt our sleep patterns and affect the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. 

· Loneliness

Some people are connected with their loved ones on their mobile devices and can speak with them anytime and anywhere in the world. The world is now a global village, making us highly connected compared to the last few decades.

However, many people are battling loneliness. This shows that our digital devices can’t replace real human interaction.

So, what’s the way out?

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· Schedule a digital detox

This involves spring cleaning your entire digital folders. As you take this step, keep what is useful and delete the rest. For instance, get rid of those screenshots you’ve been keeping over the years. 

· Close all inactive accounts

Delete those accounts and cancel inactive subscriptions.

· Respond quickly or at specific times

Try to respond to emails or messages quickly or at specific times. Just know what works for you.

· Downloads mobile apps

These apps will help you monitor how you spend your time online. An example of such an app is StayFocusd. It can help you beat the fear of missing out and mindless scrolling. It will also reveal the time you spend on each website and app, thereby enabling you to minimize the time you spend on your smartphone.

· Unplug

Schedule some time when you won’t use your mobile devices. Try to unplug from time to time, no matter how busy your schedule is. Try to engage in other things like reading, writing, and spending time in nature. You need to maximize pockets of time in this digital age.

Once you allocate screen-free time, it’s imperative to fill the void. With time, you’ll realize that you won’t be complaining that you don’t have enough time. It may not be easy initially. Nevertheless, take a deep breath and restrain yourself whenever you feel the urge to grab your phone.

Adopting these best practices will help you have control over your digital footprint and secure your data and devices. 

Bola Adekile

Craves basking in the present moment, keen fan of nature. Unapologetic learner. Reader.