Mental Clutter Cleanup: Do a Little Online Organizing

Mental Clutter Cleanup: Do a Little Online Organizing

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Janel Laban
Jan 27, 2015
(Image credit: Lauren Turner)

So much of what we all need to stay on top of on a regular basis is online and it can get just as mentally messy and stressy as having a big, tottering pile of paper stacked in the middle of your room would be. Getting some clean up done here will make you feel more relaxed and happy at home throughout the year ahead, so it's just as worth it to start this process as it was to get going on the physical cleaning and organizing of your home this January...

Today's Assignment

In previous Cures, we've had assignments about getting paperwork organized, but for 2015, I thought I'd shift the focus toward a little digital housekeeping instead.

Spend a little time thinking about your online homelife and what your #1 source of stress is. My guess is you'll know right off the bat what could use a little attention. For me, its always and forever my Sisyphean quest to get to inbox zero. For you, it may also be email, or maybe password management, setting up online bill pay, a cluttery desktop that needs cleaning, email newsletters to unsubscribe to, browser bookmarks that need a purge or simply lots of digital photos and videos that could use some organizing.

Whatever it is, find 30 minutes today to dedicate to whatever issue would make you feel good to make some headway on. Just like when I asked you to clean out ONE drawer and then stop, this is a chance to positively impact one aspect of your online life that you'd like to improve today. Think of this as a good 30 minute start and know that you can revisit and finish up this chore soon and that you'll get to the rest of them throughout the year. Set a timer and give it a go, I know you'll be happy to get this underway.

Please let us all know what you're working on and how it's going - and rest assured that no matter how bad it is, my constantly refilling inbox is undoubtedly worse!

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