It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you want to make a change.
How is it that we can be so busy each day, but still feel we haven’t accomplished what we really wanted to do at the end of the day?
For me, a big help in overcoming overwhelm has been to eliminate some of the things that don’t really matter so much. This year I have “cleared out” 500+ things, 100+ books, and pounds of paper from my home.
In the month of October I’m tackling my tech clutter.
I spend a lot of time on the computer now that I blog and I think I’m spending more time than I need to looking for files, documents, pages, notes, and pictures.
The October Creating Clarity Challenge will begin today!
One whole month to focus on making our computers, laptops, iPads, and the desks they sit on, more productive, easier to use, and enjoyable! If you’ve been wanting to write more, or spend some time creating something on your computer, then this could really help launch you in the right direction. We will focus on making our systems work for us, and get rid of what we no longer need or use.
Care to join me? Say yes! It will be fun! (OK, maybe “fun” is too strong a word, but we’ll do our best to make it fun, and think of how much better you’ll feel about working on your computer at the end of the month!)
- I plan to declutter: my favorites list, email addresses, saved emails, pictures, documents, and books all stored on my computer.
- I plan to organize: my pictures, documents, and saved emails.
- Spend 30 minutes each day reading one of the books I have stored on my computer.
- Clear all my files and pictures off of my old laptop and transfer it to my new laptop.
- Continue my quest to learn about and use Evernote more. (I started doing this last month to help clear up my paper clutter.)
- Make one Christmas gift on Shutterfly.
- Get my new personal blog up and running (It’s almost there!).
Above are my goals. You can follow along with me or maybe there is something you really want to do to get clear on your computer. Take a minute and jot down some things you’d like to get clear on with your comptuer, iPad, laptop, Nook, and/or Kindle.
Experimenting with Strategies
- Create a pleasant work environment: while we spend time clearing our computers of unwanted and scattered material, why not play some great music? Each morning I’ll share what I’m listening to! Will you? I’d love to find some new music to enjoy, so please share. (Here’s one place you can find new music: Pandora!)
- Why not be nice to ourselves while we do this? Drink something cool or warm depending on your weather. (It’s still almost 100 here in Arizona!)
- I plan to spend an hour each morning working on this.
- If you share the computer with anyone, including your children, talk to them and get their help to take care of shared information. I will be spending an additonal 30 minutes before dinner with my husband on this task. We both use this computer and we both need to decide and know where things go and how they are organized. Also, I don’t want to delete something he may need! And yes, I spoke with him about this and he’s happy we are doing this. 😉
What’s your plan to consistantly look at the information on your computer and get clear about what to keep, let go, or organize it? What time of day would work well? Who do you share it with? Is there something you’d like to learn on the computer? Is there someone you know who can teach you? Do you have forgotten books stored on there you might like to remember to read?
This is the month to tackle our Tech Clutter!
- Note: I’ll be on Facebook giving updates, insights, and any tips that might help throughout the month.
Do you have a different goal you’d like to get clear on for the month of October? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.