Whether for work or personal reasons, life now revolves around technology in a huge way. While I embrace and enjoy many of the benefits that have come with our futuristic way of life, I find that my digital world has become just as cluttered as my physical space. So I am simplifying and downsizing!
Here is a brief overview of how I have been overhauling my digital world to a cloud based system. If you are interested in more detailed guidance, we will be offering an eBook that expands on this topic soon.
#1) TAKE INVENTORY
Similar to physical stuff, I have taken an inventory of all programs I use both online and offline, as well as all the various types of digital assets (types of data) I have stored on local drives and on the Internet.
Here are some of my recommended online platforms:
Travel: Airline, Hotel and Travel Related Websites
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+
Google: Gmail, Calendar, Voice, and Tasks
#2) DELETE IT
Once I have inventoried everything, I examine more closely what I actually use on a regular basis (just like physical stuff). Programs and websites I rarely use, I delete. This can be a hard step for some, but I find that once I delete stuff I rarely regret it. If I need something back I can always go find it.
#3) MOVE TO THE CLOUD
Moving to a cloud based system allows me to be device independent. I try to store nothing locally on computers, laptops, or tablets that I don’t have backed up online or can easily replace if the device was lost, stolen or destroyed.
Cloud based options:
- Backblaze to back up data online (I highly recommend)
- DropBox for file sharing and saving daily work
- LastPass to manage all logins and passwords
While not a perfect system, I can honestly say that as I continue to work at simplifying, downsizing and converting my digital life to cloud based, I feel less anxious about technology and I am more productive.
Similar to my experience with downsizing physical stuff, I now have more energy for what is truly important in my life.