Technology continues to introduce convenience after convenience. Lost in an unfamiliar part of town? Map your way home with your GPS. Not around to watch your favorite shows during primetime? TiVo them!
You get the picture.
But technology can also be a huge time-waster. There’s so much information out there, it can be overwhelming to keep up with. (And a little addicting.) Here are some ways you can streamline your technology input, avoid distractions, and focus on more productive things:
1. De-clutter your computer, smartphone, and email. Delete old emails and apps you don’t use any more and move old files to an external hard drive. Move apps and files you don’t use much from your desktop/home screen to a folder. It’s a lot easier to navigate technology when it’s just the bare-bone basics you use on a daily basis.
2. Turn off notifications. When you’re working or trying to focus on something else, sometimes it’s impossible to ignore the shiny cute kitty video that pops up on the screen. Disabling notifications helps you stay focused on the present. And being intentional about one thing (okay, fewer things) at a time will help you get into a flow and ramp up your productivity. We could all use a bit of that!
3. Streamline the content you read. If you’ve accumulated a pile of bookmarks for news sources, blogs, and websites you read each day–or you’re consistently clicking on the links in your social media feeds–make your life easier by starting a free account with an RSS reader. (I recommend Feedly.) Having all of your information in one place will help save time and encourage you to read at designated intervals of the day instead of scattered throughout.
And the game-changer for me:
4. Unsubscribe from any unnecessary “junk” email. Since progressive social media tactics dictate attracting people to sign up for an email list, you probably press Delete a lot when you wake up in the morning if you’re like me. Don’t be afraid to unsubscribe from automated daily deals/coupon emails, excessive newsletters, redundant notifications, and other things you usually delete without reading.
I’m not telling you to unsubscribe from everything. There’s a huge difference between occasional emails from your favorite authors/musicians/businesses you support and what basically amounts to spam tactics.
The criteria I use? I unsubscribe if: I usually delete emails from that sender, the product encourages me to spend unnecessary money, or the information isn’t interesting/useful/improving who I am.
Most of the major email platforms are shifting to divided inboxes, where all promotions emails go in one place. But ensuring only the necessary email makes it to you will save so much time and effort — especially if you’re waiting for an important email.
I don’t know anything about that, though 🙂
Hopefully this post will encourage you to streamline your electronic life so you’ll have more time for what’s important and be able to breathe a little more easily!
What are your favorite streamlining and timesaving tactics?