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15 Minutes to Peace of Mind: Daily Digital Delete

Updated: Aug 22

Don’t just think of it as deleting stuff, think of it as deleting stress, and you’ll find it much easier to make it a daily routine.


Do you tense up when you see a computer or phone screen swamped with icons? How about when you open your emails? Are you endlessly scrolling to see the last message?

Experts say that even if it’s subconscious, a cluttered screen or email box is stressful. Quite simply, your eyes and brain must take in so much that they can’t focus well. This adds stress and eats time.


But it doesn’t have to be that way. Try my Daily Digital Delete for a week, and watch the stress melt away. Here’s how:


Dedicate 15 minutes each day for two weeks to de-clutter your computer. Get comfortable and then set a timer for 15 minutes. Over time you will:

  1. Delete unneeded emails

  2. Organize needed email into folders

  3. Unsubscribe to retailers, newsletters, blogs, etc….that you no longer need

  4. Organize desktop – minimal amount of icons

  5. Delete unused programs for computer

  6. Delete unused programs for phone

  7. Delete bookmarks no longer needed

  8. Organize bookmarks into folders

  9. Eliminate downloads in downloads folder

  10. Delete unneeded photos from phone and desktop (Check back soon for future conversations about preservation.)


Where to begin? Start with your desktop.


From there, consider what annoys you most, or what eats up too much of your time. Good bet that it’s your emails. Remember the process is like handling paperwork: act immediately, file or delete. Set the timer again for 15 minutes. Anybody can handle 15 minutes, right? Now, see how calming it is when you don’t have to scroll down to see all your emails?


Next, continue through the list from most-stressful to least. See how good it feels? Next stop? Your phone.


Now for the trick: make it a habit.


Once you’ve created a clutter-free computer and phone, maintain it by dedicating 15 minutes a day to your daily deletes.


Don’t just think of it as deleting stuff, think of it as deleting stress, and you’ll find it much easier to make it a daily routine.

Call or email us today. Let’s get started: 612-616-1215; beth@gettingorganizednow.com

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