Tidying Your Digital Life

Email

  • Tidying marathon: Set aside a couple hours to sit down and hit Unsubscribe on every single mailing list that you would not actively choose to opt-in to again.
  • Incremental progress: Unsubscribe from a few a day until you are done.
  • Burn down the house. Create a clean new email account, tell just your friends or colleagues about it, and don’t ever look at your old email unless you specifically need to check for something critical.

Social media & notifications

Subscriptions

Nonconsensual subscriptions & notifications

  • We’ve intentionally opted into some of it, like 1:1 messages from our friends, photos from trips we loved, updates from artists who inspire us, the ability to share our creative work, or videos we genuinely enjoy.
  • We’ve unintentionally opted into other streams beyond our control, like getting constantly bombarded with advertisements.
  • And there are grey areas that can often leave us feeling bad even though we technically decided to continue, like Youtube Autoplay, which knows what you “want”, but often doesn’t distinguish between genuine desire and drug addiction.

“Saved for later”

“Downloaded for later”

Sentimental files (not created by you)

Personal documents

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