The digital decluttering of social media for 30 days is in full effect. I started the digital decluttering challenge on April 1st, and so far things are going well.
What is digital decluttering?
I learned about digital decluttering from Cal Newport, author of Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore you, in December of 2017, but at the time he issued the challenge, I was not ready to accept.
Sidenote: Dr. Newport does not recommend telling anyone that you are digital decluttering, but I decided to write about it. I have not announced it on any of my social media accounts.
Digital decluttering is a 30-day challenge for not using:
- social media networking sites
- reading blogs and news (online)
- email (limited)
- text (limited)
The goal is not to log in to any social media accounts for 30 days. I have had some slip-ups, but for the most part, I am doing okay.
I will, however, continue posting on social media sites that are business related. I will track the analytics and review the results to determine if I need to keep using those social networking sites.
I recently deleted one social media account and will possibly remove another one soon. Poor analytics and lack of engagement are why I deleted one social media account and also why I will delete the other one soon.
Other Decluttering Activities
Dr. Newport made other recommendations for digital cluttering and they are:
- removing apps from phone
- turning off notifications
- not watching YouTube videos
- checking email once a day
- little to no texting
How I am Doing So Far
I mentioned that I had had some slip-ups, but I am hanging in here. Here’s how I am doing:
- Facebook: Logged in to post on my Business page, but scheduled a few posts in advance. I will post automatically without visiting the site.
- Twitter: I have not logged in.
- Instagram: Logged in for a few seconds to check messages.
- YouTube: Challenging, but the time I spend on the site has decreased tremendously.
What I’ve Been Up To
I am doing more reading, writing, and business projects. I am also more present with family and friends.
I will keep you posted.
Sometimes, you have to remove the clutter to make room for growth.
Until next time.
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