Spring Cleaning – Be your Own Personal Assistant
Destress and Get Organized
It is Spring Clean up Time! I have a challenge to my subscribers for a Spring Clean Up task that will help you to get organized and reduce stress. Many people organize paper files, receipts, paperwork but how many of you forget about your electronic and cyber organization? I often do and tend to look at that last when I am purging, cleaning and organizing material stuff in my home. The reason I think this is so important is for one, your own sanity and awareness to be fully aware of how much you have signed up for, old unnecessary emails or contacts in your email accounts, registered accounts online that you may no longer use but that information is being stored and shared out there. It will also help in case of your death that others won’t have so much work to try and clear up your affairs after you are gone.
That might be a morbid thing to think about, but if you keep yourself organized, you will alleviate a lot of stress not only for yourself but for others you leave behind when they are already going to go through so much with dealing with your loss.
So, rather than give you a huge task list, might I recommend just one for this week? Go through your email contact list in all of your email accounts and remove any that you don’t know who they are or are no longer valid. When finished with that, start with your ‘sent’ email folder and clear out anything you don’t need. This will feel amazing when you are done, help remind you of things that you need to respond to (as I use my ‘sent’ folder as a to do list or follow up list), and will keep your email a little safer from phishing or spammers. The cleaner your email and contact list, the less risk you have of being hacked! If you so feel inspired and have the time, then hit your “In Box” emails folder! I recently did this for myself and in just one of my email accounts, I removed 83 contacts (as I realized that my contact list updated every email address in or out) – cleared out 15 pages of ‘sent’ emails and 8 pages of emails from my In Box! I would love to hear your results too! Share it here!
For those who want to do even more, here is my top list of items to work on to SPRING CLEAN your cyber life!
- Start a spreadsheet of all of your online accounts, registered online or shopping accounts and only keep ones you actively use open. Delete, cancel or close all other online registered accounts that you don’t need or use. Don’t forget if you had a billing or creditor account registered at one time, but no longer use it, you still have to delete that registered account.
- Weekly, clear out your sent email box of all of your email accounts and keep your contact list only for active accounts and personal contacts.
- Weekly, clear out your In Box of all emails you no longer need to keep or save.
- Work on your log in information to ensure you have recently changed your passwords and have updated information on the web link for all your accounts that you use electronically and have logged your user log in and passwords somewhere safe. If you keep an electronic file on your computer of log ins and passwords, be sure to lock that document and print a hard copy and put somewhere safe in your files. Don’t forget to update it whenever you add an account or change your passwords so it is completely up to date.
- Many of us sign up for free updates, newsletters, articles, resources and then get inundated with emails daily or weekly. Rather than just deleting them as they come in, if you are not using these resources, hit the unsubscribe link to get yourself opted out, removed from that list.
- This may be ‘old fashioned’ but I actually still keep manual files of important documents, receipts and orders. You will always need hard copies of many documents that you need for tax purposes so why not do it now? As you ‘keep’ and save important documents electronically, be aware that a computer crash or Trojan can lose it all – so be sure to back up anything electronically with a paper document.
- If you have several email accounts ask yourself what you really need. It is recommended to have two, but if you have more can you delete those so you have less to track and keep clean?
- Social Networking is the way of life today, although I was very resistant to it for a long time, I have come to realize the infinite benefits of social networking and marketing, but at times, I also realize it can consume your life, drain your energy and take too much of your time. Remember even though it all has its benefits, nothing replaces real world connections, engagement and involvement. So if you have too many social networking sources, delete the ones you no longer use or need.
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