In today’s society, it feels like we’re expected to be on top of everything – from the best new bands to current events to all the new book releases coming out. There’s so much going on around us, however, that it’s easy to get lost in all of the digital noise.
The first time I heard the term “Fear of Missing Out” (or, FOMO), I realized that many of my habits were built around the fact that I wanted to feel well-educated on such a wide variety of topics that my online life was cluttered with hundreds of constant updates. There was no way I could ever possibly keep any of it straight!
One of the best things I’ve done for myself in years is to completely declutter my digital life. This is a tip that many bloggers might benefit from, along with anyone else that relies on digital content or social media for their careers.
What Should You Declutter?
The first thing I focused on in my digital declutter was my Feedly account. If you don’t use Feedly, it’s an RSS reader that helps you keep track of blogs and websites.
At one point, I was following nearly a thousand blogs and websites. No, I’m not kidding. It was a hot mess. Due to FOMO, I was subscribed to blogs that I was only mildly interested in. Hell, most of the blogs I had subscribed to I never actually read at all!
Instead of logging on and learning all kinds of new and exciting things, my mind was getting bogged down by the sheer quantity of what was before me.
Our brains aren’t able to process non-stop, excessive information. It’s much better to focus on just the things we really love, rather than trying to spread our minds too thin.
I cut the number of blogs and websites I followed down to 100, and in the future, I plan to limit that even further to 75, possibly even 50. Ever since I unsubscribed to those hundreds of websites I barely looked at, my time spent on Feedly has become far more productive.
There are all kinds of online accounts you can declutter:
- Email newsletters
Those are just a few examples. If your mind is overworked by social media, do not be afraid of the unsubscribe button!