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One of the benefits of downsizing, editing and culling is to have more time and energy to dedicate to what's left in our lives. That goes with material items of course, but also what to do with how we spend our time. Today, after some thought and planning, I have made a bit of digital editing. Here are a few thoughts if you'd like to do the same.
Social Media AccountsEvery new page, account and profile you create means you are going to dedicate some time to check it out, interact, update your own feed. We are tempted to open accounts on every social network that we discover. But a few years and many accounts later, fewer might be better after all.
Instead of using all of my accounts without thinking, I decided to go through some digital decluttering of sorts, after realizing just how much time I was spending in front of my computer every day.
Here is how I went though my social accounts:
- What service/use does that social network offer?
- What value do I get out of it?
- How often do I really use it / how much time does it take me to keep updated?
- Is this social network really unique for me?
After answering these questions, I decided to either:
- Keep the page and commit to update it regularly enough to be of use to me and the people I'm connected to
- Keep the page as a occasional tool: avoid spending too much time on it
- Stop using the network
For me the first step was obvious: one account per social media. Yes, I used to have several, one in English and one in French, for example. I have decided to unify those. As a consequence, some of the updates will be in French, others in English, but at least, I'll be updating these regularly. I'm also using my real name from now on: Florie. Here are the links of the main ones if you are interested:
For the rest of the social networks, some remain useful sources of information and self progress like Goodreads, or occasional tool, like Pinterest. I have decided to close those that don't bring me enough value, like Tumblr and Polyvore.
In the end, I still have quite a few social networks - and I'm not listing the ones I use only in French here. The goal isn't to have as few as possible, but rather to make sure the ones you have bring value, and that you have enough time to actually make use of them.
Blogging and suchNot all of you are bloggers, but there are so many ways to write and publish stuff online that I guess most of you may still be interested to hear a few words on this.
I really think this is an important question to ask, from long time bloggers to people looking to open their first blog. Why open a blog? To write about what? What does it bring to me as a blogger, and what value can I bring to potential readers? Is the platform I'm using adequate, is the editorial line to my taste? How many blogs or other writing platforms is it relevant to keep updated?
Today, after carefully deciding what I wanted to write about and how, here is what I have:
- This blog, the Nife en l'Air, about simplicity, happiness, growth (level up!) for English speakers
- My French blog, for my writings in French, as well as cultural inspirations and my journey to a more optimistic and mindful living
I'm trying to publish articles at least once a week for each platform, more if I can, and to discuss with you guys through comments, social media or e-mail.
Other writing platforms include Medium, a great platform to write longer pieces. I only write in French there though, once to twice a month.
Other Online EditingOn the laptop, I have:
- Deleted all the software/games/apps I'm not using
- Set a time every day to use the computer, with a clear objective (update social media, write blog post, watch Youtube video, go through my feed...)
- Found a drawer to put it into when I'm not using it. So it's not lying around and tempting me to look at "just this one thing"
On the smartphone, I have
- Deleted all the apps I'm not using (and put all the non-removable ones into a "junk" folder hidden on page 2)
- Selected a few apps that I'm actually using regularly and bring me value - alarm, meditation app, music, weather...
- Removed all the time consuming apps like news and social media (except Instagram)
- Turned all notifications off (except for calls and SMS)
That's it for the little online editing post. I hope it was of use to you. Have you changed the way you consume social media and you digital devices at home since you started simplifying your life?