Is your email filled with digital clutter? How many browser bookmarks do you have? Is your Facebook or Twitter feed filled with a constant stream of information that you have absolutely no time to read? It seems that you need to get cleaning!
According to Wikipedia, Fall/Spring cleaning has come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy-duty cleaning or organizing enterprise”. Digital cleaning may not necessarily be heavy-duty, but it is definitely tedious. We all have digital clutter that causes information overload, and disorganization. I am guilty of following too many people on Twitter, bookmarking too many pages, and subscribing to too many RSS feeds. How about you?
Below are a few areas that should be inspected during Fall/Spring tech. cleaning:
- Remove bookmarks you haven’t used in the past year.
- Remove bookmarks that are no longer valid. A great tool for this is AM-DeadLink.
- Reset all parental control codes. This includes codes on your computer, mobile devices, and television. Kids are smart and can figure these out!
- Defrag your computer, check for adware, and do a security scan. You should really have these schedule to run on a regular basis, but if not, now is a great time to get it setup!
- Sort, filter, and delete emails that are unnecessary. Create filters so that the only email that will come to your inbox are emails that are actually important. (also checkout http://inboxzero.com/video/)
- Unsubscribe from mailing lists that you no longer read.
- Remove podcasts that you have either not listened to in a long time, or podcasts that are not frequently updated. Most podcast software will show you a listing with both of these attributes.
- Cleanup your Twitter feed by moving people who don’t need to be in your stream to Twitter lists ( https://support.twitter.com/articles/76460-how-to-use-twitter-lists ).
- Remove people from Facebook that are not close family or friends, or disable their status updates from displaying on your wall ( http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=14863 ).
Other section and tips (and downloadable!) in the Google docs spreadsheet located here: http://goo.gl/OnLVA .
What am I missing?