How to Get Rid of Digital Clutter and Boost Your Productivity

October 13, 2016

Career Advice

22505518317_7213372d62_zThere’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it: clutter causes us stress. These days, clutter is not just physical — it’s digital too. Your looming inbox, messy desktop, and overloaded podcast feed can make you feel anything but organized. Here are some of our favorite tips for streamlining our digital lives at work.

  1. At the end of the day, clean up your desktop. Remove all the files from your desktop. Everything should have a place, so put it there. Don’t save it for later because you’ll likely forget why it was there in the first place or what it is even for.
  2. Set constraints or limits–and stick to them. For example, don’t download a new podcast episode until you’ve listened to the old one. Or, only follow friends (not coworkers and acquaintances) on Facebook so your feed is delightful instead of stressful.
  3. Unsubscribe. Get rid of all those emails you never really actually read, and add a few favorites to a service like You’ll get one fun email per day instead of 10.
  4. Don’t check your email… unless you’re ready to deal with what may be there. Out of habit, we constantly check our email but then we dread what we see. So we procrastinate, which adds to our stress. (Keep a tally today of how many times you check your email — it’s shocking!)
  5. Shut off your email alerts. In order to stay focused on what you’re doing, you can’t be constantly interrupted. Don’t worry, those emails will still be there 45 minutes from now! If anything is incredibly urgent, you’ll get a phone call.

How do you deal with digital clutter? Share your tips below!

Image via Image Catalog/Flickr.


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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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