It’s a new year--a time when we traditionally focus on health and wellness, tackling projects to clean, organize, and improve ourselves and our spaces.
These projects often revolve around our physical and physiological "homes," but rarely extend to our virtual ones. That’s a shame. As a result of the pandemic, many of us are living online more than ever before.
Whether we know it or not, accumulating garbage in our online "homes" is harmful, both literally, (bogging down our devices' processing power and eating up memory storage) and metaphorically, (causing us to feel overwhelmed, burnt-out, and frustrated.)
So, before starting a juice fast or cleaning a closet to kick-start the new year, consider if one of the following digital wellness projects might also be valuable.
Just like you might start the new year by cleaning your physical desk, give some care and attention to your digital workspaces.
It's OK if you can't get your email in-box down to zero. There are other ways to refresh and recalibrate your email account(s) to improve your productivity and mental health.
Take an objective look at your personal and professional social media accounts and ask yourself, “If I didn’t know me and read all these posts, what would I think about this person?” If your accounts are not currently reflecting the reality you'd like to present to the world, make some changes.
The pictures and videos you shoot on the fly sometimes live on your phone, AND in your text history, AND in your Facebook account, AND on your desktop, AND in the cloud, etc. That's a lot of storage space being eaten up simply to show your friends a funny sign you saw on a walk or footage of your kid singing a song.
Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, are supposed to enhance your life and make it more enjoyable. If they aren't, it may be time to make some changes in how you manage the content they provide.
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