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Digital Decluttering

Digital Decluttering

In my last post I mentioned that I was going to focus on just three influencers for 2015.  This prompted me to do some digital decluttering – if I was only going to follow 3 people I had a lot of unsubscribing to do!  I think other people might benefit from reading about the process I went through.

It wasn’t until I started unsubscribing to things, removing myself from email groups and deleting RSS feeds that I saw the sheer number of things I was subscribed to.  This must have been KILLING my productivity.

Decluttering Your Personal Inbox

If you’re going to declutter your personal inbox, give yourself a hand and use some software to help you.  I used Unroll.me.  It really was idiot-proof to use.  In less than one minute I reduced the number of newsletters I subscribed to from 62 to just 11!

Digital Decluttering Gmail Inbox

I can’t recommend Unroll.me enough.  It currently supports Outlook.com (including Hotmail, MSN, & Windows Live), Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud.

Decluttering Your Work Inbox

Unfortunately I couldn’t use Unroll.me on my work email, so I just searched my Outlook Inbox with the word ‘unsubscribe’.  I went back 3 months and found a further 12 companies and organisations I unsubscribed from.

I also deleted 16 RSS feeds which were going into my inbox.  I have always been a fan of subscribing to a blog using an RSS feed (that way you don’t get added to the generic email list and can stick purely to the content on the blog) but I got a bit carried away somewhere along the line – there is no way I could have followed 16 blogs.

On top of this I removed myself from group emails such as order confirmations.  Nice as it may be watching orders roll in, it isn’t a very good use of time!

Decluttering Social Media Notifications

I reviewed all my email notification settings across my social media profiles.    By default they are all set to be very aggressive with how frequently they contact you.  I can’t really advise on what works best here – it’s a personal thing – but it’s well worth casting your eye over your settings and seeing if you can remove anything.  You can tweak your notification and email settings on the most popular social sites here:

Facebook http://ww.facebook.com/settings?tab=notifications

Google+ https://plus.google.com/settings

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/settings/ (select ‘Communications’)

Twitter https://twitter.com/settings/notifications

Vimeo https://vimeo.com/settings/advanced

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/account_notifications

Decluttering Results

  • Personal Emails Unsubscribed from: 51
  • Work Emails Unsubscribed from: 12
  • RSS Feeds Unsubscribed from: 16
  • Plus a TON of social media notifications

I decided to have a re-jig of the Folders and set up some new Rules in Outlook to finish off.  Current feeling: Liberated.

I have since contacted numerous colleagues and suggested that they give some thought to reducing the number of email groups they subscribe to.