Another year will dawn to us and it is a good time for us to change our ways.
For the past years, I am really dependent on my devices and will feel anxious when I cannot check my email and Facebook accounts. I vow that I will do a hard reset in the digital aspect of my life.
- CUT ALL TOXIC PEOPLE FROM YOUR LIFE
Sometimes there are people whose function in your life is to bring you down. You do not want that negativity in your life. Unfriend and delete contacts you have lost in touch with over the years. Like that former classmate that you never really talked to (and don’t want to talk to) or that hookup that did not really worked out. Free yourself from toxic friendships and relationships.
- BRING YOUR INBOX DOWN TO ZERO
It is quite frustrating to see that notification on your phone that you have a ton of emails to go through. Before the year ends and to really turn a new leaf, sit down and go through that. I have a foolproof strategy in dealing with this daunting task.
- Emails from family and friends (to make them know that you are still alive).
- Work-related emails.
- Promotional emails without opening them.
- Spam mails
- Less important emails those you can review at a later date.
Personally, I like sorting my mails in labels – a system that really works for me.
- DECLUTTER YOUR DEVICES
There is a sense of power and accomplishment when you declutter your devices. Admit it, you have all those files that you no longer needed. Delete them. Be ruthless!
My personal tip is to clear your desktop, it will motivate you to clean up your whole device. My desktop has nothing on it and it works magic on my writing that I am greeted by a clean slate.
Here are some of the things you should delete from your devices.
- Documents/files no longer needed
- Unglamorous photos
- Apps no longer needed/used
- Unsubscribe to blogs and feeds
- COME UP WITH A PLAN/SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Last year, I took a hard look at my habits and found out that I have almost the same apps on my three devices (smartphone, iPod, and tablet). I managed to get rid of my tablet and made my phone as the center of my mobile apps since I bring it all the time, especially for replying to emails promptly and posting a tweet. I used my iPod for taking photos and videos.
It does not have to be as drastic as what I have done. You can always start small like going offline or airplane mode during meals or act on emails every morning or as soon as you read them.
- GO OFFLINE ONCE IN A WHILE
Lastly, don’t forget to go offline once in a while. People are dependent on their phones or devices that they hardly have time for other people or other hobbies. Change that habit in 2018.
Like a recovering addict, start small like going offline an hour before going to bed or every Sunday morning to make time for yourself or other things that you enjoy like catching up with your reading. It is also a good time to start a new hobby.