A few days ago I wrote a blog post titled “Organizing My Out Of Control Email” and then yesterday I received a nice comment from Patti B suggesting I read “10 Minute Digital Declutter”. I thanked her and told her I would check this book out. And I did! I was so intrigued by the title and the possibility of some time saving tips to help declutter my digital world that I read the entire thing!!
It is a great book and I am so thankful that it was recommended to me. I found the book on amazon.com and it’s called the 10 Minute Digital Declutter: The Simple Habit to Eliminate Technology Overload, written by S.J.Scott and Barrie Davenport. I then noticed that Barrie Davenport, one of the authors, has a website and from there I found additional books that I want to read. I love to read as I’m sure many bloggers do. I especially enjoy reading when it has something that you can take away and apply to your everyday life. Like organizing your life!!
This year my goal was to pay attention to how I spend my time and organizing my life so that I can focus more on the things I enjoy rather than always tidying up this and that. I’ve gotten off to a great start but just like everyone else I’m sure we have days where our motivation just isn’t as high as other days. It’s also January, a cold winter month and with the lack of sunshine it can be a little draining too. But none the less I’m staying on course to tidy, organize and refocus my time on things I love.
Already I’ve had more time to read and knowing that I’ve already enjoyed 2 books so far this year is incredible. (And both books have to do with organizing!!)
The “10 Minute Digital Declutter” book did give me some insight into organizing my email in an easy to follow way. I do have some cleaning up to do and they suggested you don’t try and do it all at once because it will seem like an never ending task…and they are so right. So I’ve done a little bit more than what they have recommend but I do plan on doing a little bit each day (10 minutes or more) until I get both my inbox and outbox free and clear of emails. Once I’ve done that I will act on each email I receive, once I read it, I will either delete it, file it or respond to it. If it’s going to take more time for me to respond then what I have available at the moment I will put it in a folder to respond later (a to do folder) or flag it to get it done by the end of the day. So that is my plan.
This book also suggested great ways to deal with an excess of files, which of course I have but fortunately I am organized in that department. I have folders and folders within folders all labelled and some even dated for easy reference. It’s part of my job to be organized and keep things organized in a manner where information can be easily retrieved so thankfully I don’t need much decluttering there. However, there was some great tips in the book that I will probably apply for additional folders and how to keep copies of important items.
So if you’re looking for a great read or a reference guide of sort to help you clean up your digital world I would highly recommend this book.
Here is the link to it on amazon if you’re interested in reading it too:
Thanks again Patti for the referral, and for taking the time to leave your comment.
I knew I’d enjoy blogging but I didn’t know I’d like it this much!!