Although it might be hard to tell my the weather on some days; spring is here. If you’re like me, you’ve already started or finished your spring cleaning. However, when you hear “spring cleaning”, most people think of just their home, but that’s just the beginning. This is also the perfect time to spring clean digital life.
In the past, I’ve talked about digital detoxes and how to declutter your digital spaces. This time, I’m going to delve into updating and maintenance for your digital life. Keep reading to see have your digital devices and spaces just as clean as your living spaces.
I recently realized that I make monthly payments for a handful of digital subscriptions.
Digital subscriptions definitely play one of the biggest parts in how we live our lives and the structure of the “new norm”, including how we work, eat, and even consume entertainment. So, I decided to share a few of my favorite subscriptions that are purely digital, meaning I only access it from a downloaded app or software.
- Netflix – Who doesn’t have (or access to *wink, wink) to a Netflix account? I’ve been with Netflix for years now and I really don’t see myself ever not giving them that $8 a month. Aside from having of some of my favorite movies and complete seasons of my all-time fav TV shows, they also have some of the best original TV shows, including Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, which are amazing. Plus, Fuller House (Full House spin-off) is debuting later this month and Kimmy Schmidt is coming back next month. Can’t wait!
- Adobe Photoshop – When I was in college, I used my student ID to get my first copy of Adobe Photoshop. Even with the discount, it was still very pricey. So, pricey, that I only upgrade ($299 I think) once in 10 year. Expensive software…ugh. Thankfully, Adobe now offers cloud subscriptions that you can pay for monthly or yearly, which also allows you to access your account and projects from various devices, including your phone. I love technology.
- Tidal – There are so many music streaming services out there and most of them have at least a free (ad filled)subscription. However, for me, Tidal is just a better fit. Other than being able to stream music from my favorite artists, they also have exclusive content such as videos, Behind the Scenes footage, and first access to new music. Recently, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kanye West provided music and videos that was only exclusive to Tidal subscribers.
- Sworkit – I recently was introduced to this fitness app on an episode of Shark Tank. Sworkit was my answer for “I don’t have enough time to workout”. Depending on your needs, Sworkit will create a workout routine based on the time you have to complete and even what areas of the body you want to work on. This app gives you access to real personal trainers with actual video demonstrations of countless different workout routines. The best part for me is that most of these workouts don’t involve the need for any equipment. It’s like having your own personal trainer, on-call, and in your back pocket…literally.
If you have any other digital subscriptions that you pay for, monthly or yearly, please share below.
How often do you do a digital declutter?
What is “digital decluttering” and how and why do you do it? Well, for lack of better words, it’s when you delete/purge unwanted and unused items from your digital life including your email account(s) and social media accounts to keep you digital life uncomplicated and streamlined.
When it comes to email, people tend to leave countless emails, opened and unopened, in their inboxes for unlimited amounts of time and then the emails sink lower and lower to the bottom of the pile where they are forgotten until you think to delete them or need more space, which is something I’ve been guilty of in the past. SMH.
When it comes to decluttering your social media accounts, that includes deleting old direct messages, even old posts (if you fancy) and unfollowing people you no longer wish to follow or people you notice no longer post as much or as frequent. Yes, it’s okay to unfollow people for their laziness or their uninterest in socializing online.
Now, the big questions: When and how often should you declutter your digital life? Good question!
In my opinion, it differs per person, lifestyle, and accounts. Here’s the breakdown of my digital declutter:
- Personal (Friends/Family/ etc): Since I don’t get that much email in this account, I only clean up this account every 1-2 months.
- Business/Blog: I have a 3 emails I use for business and blog emails and they get filled up pretty frequent and quickly. So, I’m purging these accounts everyday to make room for more emails.
- Work (9-5): Unfortunately, I have countless of opened emails in my work inbox, but scared to delete just in case I need it later. However, I do purge my deleted folder every week.
- Twitter: I tend to go through my list of people I follow once every 2 months and if the person hasn’t tweeted anything in a month, I unfollow.
- Instagram: I recently did a HUGE purge of people I follow. It was more about streamline the things I see and people who influence me. In one day, I unfollowed over 400 accounts. However, I usually purge my Instagram following list once a month.
- Facebook/Youtube: I’m rarely on Facebook, anymore. So, there hasn’t really been a need for me to unfriend anyone. I’m an avid and daily YouTube watcher who is subscribed to quite a few channels. However, I go tiresome of some and unfollow some every other month, if needed.
So, do you declutter your digital life? If so, how often? Let me know!