Here’s How to Organize Your Digital Clutter Once and for All 43

Here's How to Organize Your Digital Clutter Once and for All

This post was written by Abby Quillen.

There is a connection between excessive junk and other areas of your life. When your desk is messy, or your closet is in a chaotic state it’s unsettling, and can stop you from completing other tasks.

Decluttering is a chore, but it can have a huge effect on both your personal and professional life.

Getting rid of digital clutter is not that hard.

Unlike a purge of your closet, or storage unit, digital clutter is easy to discard. You won’t need garbage bags, or boxes, and you won’t have to take multiple trips to goodwill.

When digital data piles up, it slows you and your devices down. It hinders your ability to be productive. In this article, we’ll offer advice and strategies to get your digital clutter under control.

Taking Control of Your Digital Clutter

1. Get Organized.

The first thing you need to do is identify the problem. If you need to use the search function to find a file on your desktop, or documents folder, you’ve got a problem.

Even a little structure can help you declutter, share, move, and easily track down files.

Follow these steps and you’ll start to notice a massive difference in the efficiency of you and your devices.

2. Have Categories and Folders.

Instead of organizing by location, organize by category.

It may be tempting to start with your desktop because it’s the first thing you see when you start up your computer. But by moving through each category, your desktop will be decluttered naturally.

Start by creating folders for every file you have. Pictures, videos, documents, and music should have their own folder. Sub-categories like medical records and bank statements, can also have their own folder in your Documents folder.

3. Create Naming Guidelines.

Develop a consistent, meaningful, and descriptive way to name each of your files.

Documents: descriptive keywords-type of document ex: digital-decluttering-article

Images: descriptive keywords-month-year ex: Headshots-July-2017

Emails: Use descriptive subject headings ex: Marketing, or Internal

Like any large task, the hardest part is getting started. Depending on how long you’ve left it, decluttering your digital past could take a long time. You’ll need to go through everything on your computer, mobile devices, external hard drive(s), or in the cloud. Before you start, tell yourself that this is a necessary project and the result will be worth the effort, then dig in!

Start by purging the following:

  • Poor quality photos and videos;
  • Duplicates and extremely similar photos;
  • Photos or videos that are no longer meaningful, or hold sentimental value to you.

4. Backup Important Files.

Now that your unimportant files are gone, make sure that you back up everything that remains. Hard drives don’t last forever and the last thing you want is to lose your important files to malware, viruses, or a technical issue with the hard drive itself.

Experts recommend saving important data in three locations.

For instance, save one copy on your computer’s hard drive, one in a cloud service, and one on an external hard drive.

Instead of decluttering when there’s an issue with your computer, set up a decluttering schedule to stay on top of everything.

While a “once a year” purge will feel good at the end, some files, and emails don’t have to stick around in your inbox for months.

Now that you have eliminated the digital devices, apps, files, and emails are taking from your life rather than giving to it, you’ll feel less overwhelmed when you start up your computer in morning. And will log off without feeling the dread of your digital mess.

Most importantly, the what you see on your screen will be the things you need to see.

Here’s an infographic on how to downsize your digital clutter by the eReplacementParts Blog.

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.