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112: Cleaning Digital Dust

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Bonnie Christine [00:00:00]:
I don't know about you, but the beginning of a year has me really wanting to clean out. I will often kind of purge my home and do deep cleaning and get into all of those drawers and cupboards in our closet and just kind of get rid of the things that are not bringing us joy, are not serving us anymore, and it's just time to let go of it. Does that happen to you? Sometimes, it happens in the spring. Sometimes, it happens in the new year. But one thing that I also think is incredibly important that we don't talk enough about, is digital clutter. Digital clutter that is muddying up our lives, our technology, our minds, and making us waste time. And so I actually think that Slowing down to clean up our digital dust is potentially even more important than cleaning our physical dust. So I wanna talk about digital clutter today.

Bonnie Christine [00:01:02]:
I'm Bonnie Christine, and this is where all things creativity, design, Business and marketing unite. I'm a mama living in a tiny town tucked right inside the Smoky Mountains running a multi seven figure Business. Doing the most creative and impactful work of my life. But when I first set out to become an entrepreneur, I was struggling to make ends meet and wrestling with how to accomplish my biggest dream of becoming a fabric designer. Fast forward to today, I'm not only licensing my artwork all over the world, but also teaching others how to design their creative life and experience the same success. I'm here to help you spend your life doing something that lights you up. I'll help you build a creative business that also creates an impact, changes people's lives, gives you all of the freedom you want, and is wildly profitable. Welcome to The Professional Creative Podcast.

Bonnie Christine [00:02:09]:
Now if you haven't heard this term, digital clutter encompasses all the disorganized and unnecessary and overwhelming elements of our digital the lives. So things like cluttered desktops, random files, unorganized documents, apps that we don't use, and emails that we need to get rid of. Now, just like physical clutter, digital clutter can significantly affect our productivity and our well-being. There's been a couple of studies that have come out recently on the effects of digital clutter. One reported that the average person wastes 4.3 hours a week searching for files. Another one says employees spend 1.8 hours every day, which is 9 point 3 hours a week on average, searching and gathering for information, which indicates unorganized digital data, and it contributes to wild inefficiency. I don't know about you, but just searching for things in folders, it's something that I do way too often. Now there's other studies that talk about how cluttered spaces lead to increased levels of stress.

Bonnie Christine [00:03:21]:
Literally, increasing our cortisol, which means an undue stress unnecessary stress. One study by Harvard Business highlights that email clutter, in particular, leads to a feeling of being overwhelmed and out of control, thereby affecting our stress levels as well. And this one, I thought was important. A study from the University of Minnesota said that while some levels of disorganization can sometimes spur creativity. Excessive clutter, digital or physical, hampers free flowing thought and creativity. And so I think it's a worthwhile discussion to have today. And I'm also so excited to tell you that we've created a digital decluttering checklist for you as a free download. So you can head over to professional creative.com.

Bonnie Christine [00:04:11]:
And in the show notes, you can download our digital decluttering checklist just to make sure that you're getting all of that digital dust cleaned up. You know, I think that we often put off organizing our digital spaces. Sometimes, because we don't think that it's pressing. But other times, I think, for me, it's because as soon as I get into my digital space, I don't wanna waste time tidying it up. I wanna just get to work. But the clarity and the efficiency that comes with a well organized digital space Saves me so much time. It literally cannot be overstated. It means that our work is more efficient.

Bonnie Christine [00:04:48]:
It's absolutely worth the necessity of addressing our digital clutter. So a well organized digital space leads to significant improvement in our work efficiency and our peace of mind. It literally reduces stress by eliminating that constant nagging A feeling of untidiness and disorganized files and difficulty finding things and where did we save it and that kind of thing. It leads to a clearer mind and better focus, plus it makes our digital interactions just less time consuming. Right? So here are action steps for your digital decluttering that go along with the free decluttering checklist that we're giving you as a freebie in today's episode. So first of all, organize your files and documents. So I love to to create a logical folder structure. I think this looks different for everyone, but this could be based on projects or dates or categories or priorities.

Bonnie Christine [00:05:46]:
We typically keep folders based on the program and then make sure they're super organized on the inside. So, You know, someone coming into your workspace could theoretically find something without having a mind map of your brain. Archiving old files. So I love to regularly review files and just move them, the ones that we don't Need, on a daily basis, move them into an archive folder. Sometimes, I even move them onto, like, a, external hard drive and just put them somewhere else. And then using, like, a cloud storage, like Dropbox or backups on a hard drive really help in backing up important documents that are really Big that you might not wanna keep locally, but that will also declutter your local storage. And just make sure that you've got enough data happening on your on your computer. Picture this, your creative business thriving beyond your wildest dreams.

Bonnie Christine [00:06:47]:
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Bonnie Christine [00:08:48]:
Together, let's make your passion your legacy. So I'm gonna work through a couple of the decluttering items that even hearing me talk about them are gonna it they're gonna make you feel so much better. So a good desktop cleanup. Delete unused files and organize the ones that you have to keep And then clear your recycle bin or your trash bin on your computer, and then use, like, a good clean wallpaper on your desktop for just a really nice uncluttered look, if that's your thing. It is my thing. And then, again, creating that logical folder structure and reorganizing folders. I would say just take a day to get all of your digital spaces decluttered. Moving into a new year, it's the perfect time to do it.

Bonnie Christine [00:09:37]:
You can archive old or infrequently used files into a separate folder or cloud storage or a backup folder and then name files in a consistent way. Again, And the goal should be that someone who isn't in your business could come and theoretically find something that they were looking for. Email management. So one of my favorite things to do is just unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and marketing emails. Sometimes I'll go into a batch of this, and so, like, everything that comes in over the next 2 weeks from companies that no longer serve me, I will unsubscribe from. So it takes, like, doing it a little bit every day for a couple of weeks to get the majority of it. But why do we let these emails from companies you ordered something for your mother-in-law from 2 years ago pile up in our inboxes. And then back to email management, you can set up filters and labels to automatically organize incoming emails.

Bonnie Christine [00:10:40]:
I love doing that. And then archiving old emails. I love to get to inbox 0 as frequently as I can. Take a moment to uninstall or delete apps that you haven't used in the last 6 months. I would actually I did this recently, and I had about 18 apps that I needed to just Clear off my phone that I don't use anymore, but they were just hanging out, cluttering up my phone, and then turning off unnecessary notifications to minimize distractions. This one is huge, my friends. Every notification that we allow, Even a moment of our focus will distract us. And so I am super strict about the notifications that I let come in on my phone.

Bonnie Christine [00:11:28]:
No app is allowed to notify me of anything. It's basically only messages from family. Photo and media. Yes. We're going there. How many photos do you have on your phone? If you delete old photos that you don't need anymore or just go through and delete the ones that you know you don't want anymore. And then even create albums. So one thing that I do at the end of every year, I've done this for, I think, the last 7 years, is that I take all of our family videos and I turn them into a DVD.

Bonnie Christine [00:12:02]:
Also get it on a USB stick, so that we have, like, home videos. You know, like I had when I was a kid, like, on the VHS tape player? Now we have them on a DVD, and we can watch all of our family videos from the year. And then I also do a photo book. So all of the pictures from our phones, from me and David's phone, I take and I turn them into a family photo album that is on paper and you have to flip through it and I love it. So I use artifact uprising for that, and they're gorgeous. Now I also love to do a good old browser cleanup. So checking all of our bookmarks and the things like apps and extensions that we have pinned to our browser and uninstall any necessary plug ins. So important to keep a good browser setup that just works for you.

Bonnie Christine [00:12:55]:
One of my favorite things to do is to create folders with bookmarks in them where I don't have to think about all the different tabs that I need to open for specific things. So, for instance, if I'm taking a course, I'll build out a folder in my browser. And inside will have, like, the login page, the community, and any resources that I want quick access to, and then I can just right click and open it all at one time. Such a great time saver, and it just lowers the barrier to entry, which I find way more inspiring. Okay. So this is just a taste of the decluttering checklist that we've got for you, you are going to love it. We talk you through how to do a social media cleanup and unfollow or mute accounts that no longer serve you or negatively impact your mood, it is going to be worth your time to go grab this download and just dive into decluttering and getting rid of some of your digital dust as you go into this year. So don't forget to go get your digital decluttering checklist over in today's show notes.

Bonnie Christine [00:14:03]:
Again, that's at professionalcreative.com. My friends, create the beauty that you want to see come alive in your digital spaces, and remember, there's room for

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