My 13 money resolutions for 2013 were quite a popular series, and after simplifying, organizing and managing actively my finances, I have decided to tackle my online life in February. To put things lightly, everything is a mess.
My computer, my inbox, my social accounts…. Everything is growing wild and like a garden that is filled with bad weed, I want to manicure it down to a perfect lawn.
I love that February has four perfect weeks and that it starts on a weekend, giving me time to get started each week, and report on Fridays. Come join the challenge to declutter your digital life! We can give each other support and check on our progress weekly.
I plan on tackling one project each week.
Week 1. Organize my computer.
I barely use my Ipod touch here (no wifi and potential target for mugging) so everything is in my laptop. I plan on:
1. Making a backup. Pretty straightforward, with a portable hard drive, look into all the different areas of the computer and copy them onto the hard drive. My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, and so on.
2. Then organize everything in nice looking files instead of having a crowded desktop with all current affairs. I will make a folder for archives, and a folder for favorite files, like my net worth file that I update monthly. Then a third folder with items of the moment, guest posts I am writing, downloads…. All the rest will go into the hard drive.
3. Removing all the programs installed that I don’t use anymore.
3. Finally, my laptop could use a thorough virus search and cleanup to make it run smoothly. It is three years old and you can feel it but I’d like to keep it until my next trip to the US or Europe, to get a better deal.
Week 2 Social accounts
I only use FB as a personal social account. I will go through the list of friends, organize them in groups and remove the ones I haven’t interacted with in years, or ever. I will keep one small group for regular updates and one larger group for when I have time to spend on FB.
My blog’s FB page will get a bit more life, maybe a few pictures, and I will add all the interesting blogs I should have added long ago. I rarely use this page and feel like it could bring an added value to the blog.
Twitter I will follow people in the PF niche that I don’t follow already and manage my list of PF bloggers that I follow more closely to add all the newer or new to me bloggers that I don’t have yet in favorites.
Hootsuite I will set up Hootsuite with my personal accounts as well in order to manage it all from one place. Hootsuite is a great tool to manage your social accounts, you should have a look at it if you don’t use it already.
Project inbox zero
I started this one a bit in January but life got in the way. I will bring down my email box to zero email. Yes. All the old emails will be archived into folders for family friends, blog, jobs, and administrative (one for UK, France and Guatemala).
I want to be left with emails that need to be dealt with this week and no more.
I will also click UNSUBSCRIBE to all those emails I delete almost daily and never read. Real estate alerts, whatever company’s newsletter that I went too fast to untick when I ordered from them two years ago, you name it. Out of my inbox, you all!
Eric at Narrow Bridge has put together a weekly program called Zero Inbox Week that I plan on using to make things easier. Check it out!
Another cool tool is Swizzle. It allows you to unsubscribe from all the emails you don’t want delete the current ones in your inbox (my favorite feature!)
move the ones you want to keep to a digest so you only get one email.
I kept my subscription to 14, with most of them being PF blogs who don’t have an RSS feed.
Thanks to Sicorra’s awesome blog planner, I will manage my blog better than ever. I will write 15 posts that are not time sensitive, to keep as a cushion if I don’t have time or lack inspiration. Then I will make sure that I also have two weeks worth of posts scheduled in advance at any time, except for Friday recaps.
So technically I should be able to write only one post a week, Friday recap, for five weeks in a row, and still have three posts left if I post five times a week.
I will reorganize my Google reader into groups to easily focus on the blogs I read every day, and leave the ones I read occasionally on another ”when I have a moment” folder.
I will go through ALL my posts and add
- SEO description
- a few links to more recent articles
- featured image
to the posts that don’t have one or all of that. I have gotten much better at it but sometimes publish in a bit of a hurry and don’t do it all.
There, I said it. I WILL DO IT. You hold me accountable now. I will update every Friday on the recap.
How is your digital life doing? Want to join the challenge?
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