Yep. That’s me. A digital hoarder. Good article in this week’s Wall Street Journal called Drowning In Email, Photos, Files? Hoarding Goes Digital. Here’s 2 excerpts on what defines a hoarder and what to do about it:
“There are no official criteria for ‘digital hoarding’ but there are some tell-tale signs:
- You’ve exceeded your 7 gigabytes of free space in Gmail and have to buy more.
- Deleting anything makes you anxious—even things you can’t remember why you saved.
- You spend more time searching for a file than it would take to download it again.
- You have dozens of icons on your desktop and don’t know what they’re for.
- You can’t remember all your email or social-media accounts or how to access them.
- You have flash drives scattered in drawers, pockets and purses and no idea what’s on them.
- Of your thousands of digital photos, the vast majority are duds.
- You have entire seasons of bad TV shows you have no intention of watching.
- Professional organizers who specialize in technology issues offer these tips for conquering digital hoarding:
- Practice ‘zero email.’ Discipline yourself to clean out your inbox completely every day, answering, filing or deleting each item.
- Declare ‘email bankruptcy.’ Delete every unread email in your inbox and alert your 10 best friends and colleagues that if they have sent something crucial, they should send it again.
- Unsubscribe to every newsletter and mailing list you don’t need or want immediately.
- Set your spam filter to block any regular emails you don’t want to receive.
- Don’t check your inbox continuously, and disable the ‘dinger’ alerts. Set specified times to read and answer email each day.
- Don’t copy and save documents; save Internet addresses where you can find them later, if necessary.
- Remember, people typically use only about 20% of what they save.
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