Digital de-clutter: Six clever ways to organise your life online
Online tools to help you get on top of your life admin.
If this is a familiar sight to you, our handy list will help take the stress out of getting organised.
The massive growth of internet-enabled devices mean we live in a world of hyper connectivity.
While advancements in technology have helped improve our productivity greatly, all this connectivity can be hard to keep track of.
Emails and social media can eat into massive chunks of our day, and extreme multi-tasking means it can be hard to give anything our full attention.
So if you’re looking for a digital de-clutter, there’s a world of wonderful tools available to whip us into super-organised shape.
1. Tackle your to-do list
While writing to-do lists is a pleasure for some, the rest of us can use smart digital tools to do it for us.
Any.do is one of the most popular as it can manage your goals, tasks and work projects all in one place and syncs them across all your devices.
Any.do is available for desktop, tablet and mobile. For more personality, Meet Carrot, the to-do app with an attitude. Do your chores and you’ll be rewarded, but if you don’t, Carrot gets sassy (and that’s when it gets hilarious). Carrot is simple and fun, with gaming characteristics to keep you hooked. It is available on iOS for desktop and mobile.
2. Pinterest planning
Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board that allows you to ‘pin’ anything you love while browsing online.
It saves your pins and lets you to categorise them by creating ‘boards’. Pinterest is a brilliant, visual way to organise yourself - whether you’re saving recipes, redecorating the house, or planning the perfect party.
You can also follow your friends or other inspirational ‘pinners’ just as you would on Twitter or Facebook. Once you start pinning, you may never stop!
Pinterest is a great, visual way to organise your online life.
3. E-books on organisation
If you haven’t heard of productivity guru David Allen’s Getting Things Done(GTD) then it’s probably because you’ve been busier than you need to be.
The heart of GTD is five simple steps that apply order to chaos and provide you the space and structure to be more creative, strategic, and focused.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying is another great book that offers a simple, effective way to banish clutter forever.Japan's expert de-clutterer Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method. It promises not just to transform your space, but your whole life. How very zen!
4. Get in sync with Google
One of the best ways to get your work and family life to function more smoothly is to make sure everyone knows what everyone else is doing.
Google Calendar is a great free service that lets you set up collaborative schedules where all the parties can make entries, as well as private diaries for planning your life in the weeks ahead.
5. Get rid of the distractions
We monitor our calorie intake, so why not monitor our digital intake to ensure a healthy online life?
RescueTime is a brilliant desktop program that monitors everything you do on your computer. It gives you a comprehensive view of how you use your time and can even keep you focused by restricting access to your favourite time wasters.
Unroll.me is a nifty tool to clean up your inBox, it allows you to unsubscribe from any unwanted emails instantly with just one click.
6. Keep on top of your finances
Budgeting can be a daunting task for the best of us.
Mint is a free, web-based personal finance tool to plug into your banks, credit cards, investments and other financial accounts. Not only does it give a clear picture of what’s going on with your finances, it also allows you to set savings goals and create household budgets.
You Need A Budget is another great application with more of an educational and community slant.
Not only do you get great budgeting tools, you also get access to finance tutorials and a community of users who can suggest tips and tricks. Both are available on computer, tablet and mobile.
So that should get you started on being more organised. Who needs a personal assistant when there are so many smart tools to help do the job?