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Netflix’s Social Dilemma and Apple’s unique iOS feature – which notifies us when apps are spying on us – releasing in succession have sufficiently scared us enough to rethink our digital lives. While most of us have vowed to regulate our screen times, “logging off” or shrinking your online presence seems virtually impossible as we navigate an exceedingly digital world. Remember when we used to fix timings with friends and family to go “online” and connect over the internet? We don’t do that anymore, as we are always accessible via smartphones. In a way, we live online now. 

Smartphones, computers, tablets, and other gadgets make up our e-living spaces, accommodating everything from chat screenshots to carefully curated playlists to extensive work documents. Like our homes, our virtual living spaces – which are likely to impact our mental wellbeing and productivity – need to be tidied up from time to time. 

Considering a virtual clean-up? Scroll down to discover the most effective digital decluttering methods.

1

Backing Up

Backing up is arguably the most crucial – and often ignored – step of device maintenance. Gone are the days when backing up meant manually copy-pasting data to a hard drive. While you can still opt for the old-school way of managing data, scheduling automated backups of your gadgets on iCloud or Google Drive promises regular data backups without you having to do a thing.

2

Don't Hesitate, Hit Delete

You know those folders that have been sitting on your Desktop forever, yet you never open? Or the many versions of a selfie you clicked before uploading it to Instagram? With all your data safely held up in your virtual storage unit, you can begin your digital decluttering process by hitting ‘Delete’ on everything that is crowding your devices.

3

Unfollow

Social media today takes a majority chunk of our screen times. Hence, a regular clean-up of the pages, groups, and even people you follow on digital media channels is more than vital. Do not hesitate to unfollow or unsubscribe from any content that brings up unpleasant emotions – even people you know in real life.

4

Unsubscribe

How many times a day does your phone or computer buzz with a new inbox notification, only for it to be an irrelevant promotional email or a newsletter from some website you signed up for a long time ago? Not only are these emails a waste of your time, but they also end up taking up space and cluttering your inbox.

The only reason this sounds like a tedious, time-consuming task is because it is. Consider accomplishing this digital decluttering feat in batches – dedicating some time daily or weekly to declutter your inbox – or using an app like Unroll.me to speed up the process.

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