Now I have a house where everything stays tidy of its own accord my thoughts have turned to my virtual world. Not because I spend every waking hour glued to my phone or computer screens. It's just they they've become more significant as places that I turn to store stuff and retrieve information. How would I ever have imagined that I wouldn't have a need for CDs or vinyl twenty years ago. Spotify and YouTube take care of my musical life? And even five years ago I wouldn't have contemplated life without a printer at home. On the rare occasions I need to print something out I borrow the one in my office. Yes, paper is nearly a thing of the past. Apart from the recycled stuff that I wipe my bum on. Surely there will always be a need for that.
In order to create a sense of calm my e-world needs to be ordered too. The same principle of making sure that all my physical possessions have a specific home where I can lay hands on them without stressing applies. There's a bit of work to do here but here's what I have in mind it will be like when it's done.
- All apps on my phone and tablet home screens are already in alphabetical order except for the ones I use really frequently which is on that bar at the bottom. Come to think of it that's alphabetically arranged too. Louis takes the piss but let him!
- The home screen on my laptop is nearly empty. There's a couple of files containing stuff that I access often, photos for my blogs and business stuff but that's it. And yes there's a bit of an ABC theme going on with my shortcuts bar as well.
- By now you won't need to be told how my playlists on Spotify are arranged!
- The screenshot shows the result of my latest virtual cleaning efforts. I think that having a clear In Box came from David Allen's book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity that I read years ago. I've just got round to doing this at work too. Anything that I need to keep goes into separate folders which are regularly cleared out to remove redundant 'paperwork'.
- Notes to myself are made within the very handy Google Keep app. Again I make sure that I delete what I don't need anymore. Those that I don't refer to on a day to day basis are archived so that they don't clutter my home page.
- All documents on work and personal systems are going to be filed meaningfully. My home system isn't bad at the moment but work files need a clear out. Have a mentioned that I'm up to date with my clinical paperwork for the first time in living history? A combination of sheer hard work, a lovely organised new manager and....... err manifesting time has achieved that. It's giving me time to sort myself out.
- The big task in hand is giving some order to my digitally stored photographs. They're a right mess at the moment. In the digital tidy up little and often will be my mantra.
'What a bloody control freak!' some of you will be thinking. Well yes and no. This makes sense to me and I thought I'd share my ideas for those who'd like to be on a similar journey. Others seem perfectly happy in a state of perpetual muddle and even say it unleashes their creativity. If it works for you that's okay too. We all just need to work out our own way of making our real and virtual worlds a good fit for us so that they contribute to our sense of calm and happiness.