As of March 2020, all appointments will be done virtually (Zoom or FaceTime).
Review, purge, declutter and organize your stuff so that it serves you and not burdens you.
Review your apps, photos, files and content to eliminate what is not needed and organize what is needed.
November & December 2020
Mobile Apps Purge and Organization
Review schedule and how you are really spending your time and create plans to focus on what is really important.
Get your office to an efficient, clutter-free, organized state to support your household and professional goals.
Through decluttering, purging and organization; create a home that brings peace.
For the rest of November and all of December, we will look at purging and organizing the apps on your smartphone and tablets.
Why a Month and a Half?
You might be wondering, why a month and a half for this digital clutter project? Um, HELLO!!! It’s the winter holiday season. You will be busy.
Part 1 - Create Holding Area for the Unused Apps.
The easiest way to do this is to create a separate page for those apps to sit so they are not in your immediate view.
Part 2 - Move Unused Apps to the Holding Area
Drag and drop the apps to the holding area.
No need to delete apps. However, if there is an app that you know, for sure, that you haven't used in a while please feel free to delete the app.
This week we look at groupings for your apps.
This week, you are only going to write down/note what possible categories make up your apps.
Some ideas are below. Try them out and see if they work for you.
The important part here is to select/create the groupings/categories make sense for YOU.
The next two weeks, we will moving apps together into your selected/created groups/categories.
Now, it is time to move apps to their respective groups.
Take your time doing this and adjust as needed.
Take the time to delete the apps that are in the holding area that you have not used in December.
Schedule appointments with yourself to review your apps once a quarter (3/31, 6/30, 9/30, 12/31)
This is where we now will actually start moving and purging digital files and documents.
Here are two quick things you can take on this week to get things started:
Later this week, I’ll share more recommended tasks to keep the momentum going.
Don’t stress, we have two full weeks and next week we will look at external hard drive storage options and strategies.
Every day, select a piece or pieces of jewelry and wear it for a full day.
Pay attention to how you feel when you see it throughout the day.
At the end of the month, we will look at options for the “not feeling it“ pieces.
How did last week go? Surprised at how many locations in which you have files stored?
I know I was. My final tally was this:
Based on what you discovered last week, what locations made sense? Consider keeping those.
What locations didn't make sense? Consider moving files off of them to the locations that work.
Consider what files you'll need "at a moment's notice" vs files that just need to be stored away.
Yep, you guessed it, you are still not moving any files in your storage locations.
We are still in a planning phase so that when we hit week 3, we can be smart about moving our digital files.
As you are decided what will work for you in the future for storage, don't forget about backing everything up.
You want your files in a cloud space and a "hard" space such as an external hard drive in the event of a natural disaster or hardware failure or a virus (especially ransomeware).
Consider these best practices from How-to Geek Article: What's the Best Way to BackUp My Computer?
Create a spreadsheet or document list or paper list of the locations and general categories.
As you inventory, keep these things in mind:
· Include thumb-drives and external drives in the inventory
· Don’t forget the cloud drives: Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Amazon, iCloud and more
· Note the Cost: Be sure to note the cost for any cloud service you are paying for
· Let go of Emotions: You might feel shame or bewilderment at the volume of digital files. Let that go.
Don’t worry about deleting or moving files. We will look at that next week.
The only action you have is to document a high-level inventory.
Have questions? Feel free to post questions in comments or reach out via DM on social media with questions about this week’s work.
Recently, Google announced that items in your Google Drive trash folder will only stay there for 30 days. This is a change from files staying in your trash folder indefinitely.
Now, I don’t use my trash folder for “storage.” However, this got me thinking about all the different places where I have files. And, there are quite a few.
This inspired the October challenge. The challenge will be weekly in cadence. Each Sunday, I will introduce a task to work on for the entire week. More details and suggestions on what to do will be shared through out each week.
Below is the weekly schedule for the month of October. More details will be added each Sunday.
Week 1 – Assess What You Have and Where
Week 2 – Select Locations for File Storage
Week 3 – Move and Purge
Week 4 – Continue Work and Maintenance Plan
Work with Jax on Zoom, FaceTime or Teams to assess your project, develop a plan, execute on that plan to closure.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, on-site services are on hold.
Jax will come to your home/office to develop and execute on a plan to declutter, organize, streamline and more.
Assess, purge and organize photos on your phone.
Create decade albums
Plan for future maintenance
Here is a list of what we will be doing each day, starting September 1. These tasks will be posted to Instagram (@jaxtasticlife) each day.