The never-ending dilemma: The kids are finally asleep and the house quiet. The decision: get something done, chillax, or sleep? If I’m really exhausted, sleep wins. Then the choice is between chillaxing and getting something done. This evening, chillaxing won and y’all get a new blog post!
I am feeling inspired to share how I just made my life easier. Maybe ‘easier’ isn’t the best word choice, but I did something to add more serenity to my day. Aromatherapy? Calming music? (Remember one of my professions is Massage Therapist).
I know the suspense of finding out is a killer–worse than waiting for Star Wars to premier. What did I do?
I decluttered my e-mail and my Facebook account! Yes, I find this exciting, hence the exclamation mark. (Profession #2, English teacher.)
After taking a long, hard look at the lists and groups I was on, I had to cut down on cybernoise. I don’t know if this is a real phrase or one I just made up. However, in any event, as shared recently, I don’t have an iPhone so I am not constantly internet-connected. When I log on after a hiatus, I have a zillion message in my in-box and an out-of-control Facebook newsfeed. I was feeling pressured to see and read everything. Often I chose to delete. and delete. and delete. I spent so much time deleting I realized if it wasn’t there in the first place, I wouldn’t have to waste time deleting.
So how did I do this? Taking small intervals of time over period of days, I started unsubscribing to lists, and daily digests, and groups. Some I deleted completely and some I changed settings regarding notifications.
Now I am reveling in my fairly uncluttered corner of cyberspace, seeing only what I must without all the extra ‘noise’ of print. More serene. More relaxing. Less pressure. Doesn’t that sound lovely? If I have any ‘regrets’ or ‘second-guesses’ about any of these choices, it takes but a nanosecond to re-join.
Here are my Pearls of Wisdom of cutting down on cybernoise:
- Unsubscribe. I think almost all list have a ‘safe unsubscribe’ place to click on. Click on it. Get of lists you never read.
- Remove yourself from mailings you consider ‘junk mail’
- On Facebook, turn of notifications. Get off groups or ‘liked pages’ that you don’t participate in. Sometimes a friend will add you to a new group, but you really aren’t interested. There is no obligation to stay.
- The process will take some time, as some newsletters come weekly or monthly and you don’t even remember you are on them until you see them in your in-box.
I have chillaxed and now sleep is taking over. Good night everyone and thanks for reading.
-Karen, The Klutter Koach
December 21, 2015