4 Tips to Tame E-Clutter


mailboxWell, what good is organizing your office and desk while your computer is spilling over with clutter?

Here are four helpful tips to move you towards electronic bliss!

1. Make time daily to delete emails. I’ve told you before that my goal is to delete 100 emails daily so I go through my inbox, sent items, folders, etc. every couple of days.

2. When you download photos from your digital camera, choose the best ones there and then and delete the rest. I don’t know about you but I usually take about 3 or 4 pictures if I can (if the subject is not moving) so that I can choose the absolute best pictures.

~Bloggers, once you’ve published your post, delete the photos from your hard drive.

3. If you download checklists, forms, recipes and e-books regularly (like from my site), set aside some time to regularly go through your folders (!) to delete the ones you no longer find useful.

When I read e-books, I make a note of the ideas to implement and then delete the PDF file unless it’s really something WOW or I’ve paid for it. πŸ™‚

This tip applies to PDF files, Word and Excel documents. The only things I don’t delete with such ruthless abandon are the tools, checklists and e-books that I’ve created. πŸ˜‰

4. Make a date with yourself for 15 minutes every week (starting this week) to eliminate your electronic clutter.

Your challenge this week is to spend at least 30 minutes decluttering electronically.

Are you up for it?

Marcia Francois Marcia Francois is a time management and organising coach who empowers small business owners and other busy professionals who want to make the most of their time. You’ll get simple, practical organising and time management secrets to help you work less and enjoy life more! Visit http://takechargesolutions.org for your free Organising Success Pack.


4 thoughts on “4 Tips to Tame E-Clutter

  • September 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Beat ya’ to this one. LOL Starting the beginning of this year, I scheduled a reminder every two weeks to clear out the following: desktop, my documents, file folders, and email.

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  • September 3, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Ahh, great minds think alike…

    Good for you, Beth!

  • September 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I like the idea of making a date with oneself for decluttering electronically – I use to do it when I’ve got no other important tasks to do, but that is the case not so often as it should be. Thanks for sharing!

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