October’s Creating Clarity Challenge: Tackling Tech Clutter

Join the October Creating Clarity Challenge

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!)

The Goal

  • 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!).

Now You:

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. 😉

Now You:

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.
Clarity Challenge Action Ideas

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.


Kel Wilson

I am a wildlife biologist turned wife and mother, and more recently artist and blogger. It’s my mission to spread this idea to as many women as possible: Stop punishing and depriving yourself! You are so important, unique, and special! Start loving yourself enough to make the changes you need to find your happy place. Start doing this by adding something you love to your everyday life. I promise you, it will rock your world!

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4 Responses to October’s Creating Clarity Challenge: Tackling Tech Clutter

  1. Nin-Carol says:

    Yes, I’m in, at least for the first half of the month. The second half I’ll be covered in granddaughter love and I’m not even taking my computer with me. A jump drive that my husband assures me will let me get my e-mail from their computers and my tablet which is mostly just my e-book reader, but not my laptop. That will be a challenge in itself! But I’m all for some group encouragement to make this lovely, helpful devise even more helpful.

    • Kel Wilson says:

      Hey, half a month is still a lot of clearing on the computer! And besides, there is NOTHING better or more important than granddaughter love! So glad you’re joining me on my little quest.

  2. Janie says:

    I’m in. I actually have been kind of doing this, but your more organized than me and I need a kick in the butt to actually finish it! I love your projects! I am behind on the paper declutter (and Lord knows I have tons) and God help me, I can NOT seem to let go of books.(mine are mostly cook books and most hold memories for me even if I only made one recipe from them! Just looking at the covers jogs my memories!)
    But getting back to this month…I have let my blog GO because of so much computer clutter…it’s all i can do to sort through it each day and seem to run out of time to blog..so here’s hoping I can steam line my computer so I can get back too blogging again!

    • Kel Wilson says:

      That is exactly why I thought this would be good for me too. It’s so easy to say, “later” when it comes to stuff on the computer for me. Focusing on that for one month will probably not “fix” or “take care” of everything but it will be a whole lot more organized than it is now.
      Maybe you can just focus on your workspace papers and see if that improves this month. Trust me when I say that I did not take care of all the paper issues in my house. I just know that it’s better than when I started and that’s good enough for now.
      So glad your joining! And here’s to your blog being rekindled by Nov. 1!

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