I recently worked with a client who felt snowed under by everything that was happening in her life. By her own admission, she is an “ideas person” with her downfall being a lack of following through on her ideas.
There were piles of things that needed to be taken care of or put away in her home. But on closer examination, it was her computer that was causing her the most stress. Every day as she sat down in front of her computer, she was faced with more than 40 open windows in her browser.
This is some of the digital clutter she faced in the open windows:
- email notifications from stores about their latest products and sale items
- inspirational blog posts that she was in the middle of reading
- craft project ideas she thought might be fun to do
- web pages she needed to log in to, but couldn’t remember the passwords to
- contact information pages of service providers she need to call to schedule appointments
These are some of the things we worked on together to minimize her digital stress:
- Unroll.me: She unsubscribed from email notifications from 45 stores within a few minutes. The alternative would have been to unsubscribe from each store’s mailing list, which some people prefer, but there is more time involved.
- Pocket: She set up an account with Pocket and added the articles she wanted to read, but didn’t have the time for immediately. She can now catch up on her reading when she wants to and have all the articles she wants to read in one location.
- Hit delete: She decided to be honest with herself: Did she have the time and inclination to make her own terrarium, when she’d seen one she’d loved at the local gardening store? Sometimes you just have to let go and hit “Delete” or close a window and move on.
- Logins/Passwords: She is set up a password-protected document of every website she uses and added all her logins and passwords. Moving forward, she is investigating using LastPass.
Which “windows” do you need to close to move on and feel productive, successful, and stress free?