You are about to have a summer filled with memories. And a phone packed with even more pictures and videos you may never look at. Add that to the apps, open tabs, streaming media and unopened emails, it’s no surprise that our digital lives are becoming a drag on our brains and battery life. But those pixels can also hold a lot of emotional and sentimental ties, and the investment of time, money and experience can make it tough to declutter our tech.
“It’s easy to hold on to old tech; most was either expensive, useful, seemingly essential to our lives, or special to us at one point. That’s why learning to let go is an important skill to develop, one that can even help improve your quality of life.” CNET July 3, 2016
Borrowing from the wisdom of Marie Kondo aka KonMari, the author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014) and Spark Joy (2017), the bottom line is that clutter keeps us from living our best lives. But especially in our digital life, it is easy to overlook the places where we are being drained emotionally as well.
“As for apps that fill you with a sense of dread, evaluate why. Carefully cultivated social media profiles are often blamed for causing depression and anxiety, but before you wipe out Instagram and Facebook altogether, consider who you follow. My personal Instagram is used to follow adorable animals; if you want the formula for sparking joy, that is it.” PC Magazine March 17, 2017
Cleaning up your tech can also offer big rewards by being a huge time-saver when looking for important documents, pictures, videos, music and games, as well as opening up physical space in your home and mental space in your mind.
“I’ll be frank with you: these steps are a lot of work. It takes a long time, and it’s not always fun. But in the end, it’s absolutely worth it. Using your devices becomes easier. You’ll only have photos that you love. You’ll be able to find everything from files to peripherals more easily. You might not think that all of this will make much of a difference in your life, but trust me: you get more than just a little extra space on your computer.” MakeUseOf.com January 4, 2018