Why digital order is important
Microsoft once did a study that showed that Americans spend an average of seven hours a day at a computer, and “Accountemps” provided data showing that their employees spend an average of six weeks a year on social networks. These numbers apply to almost every modern person.
If you think that's not true, count how many messages you’ve gotten today on different messengers. How many unread e-mails are left unopened in your inbox? How many files are usually opened at the same on your computer? How many do you really need right now?
All of the above are open tasks that demand your attention, sometimes literally tearing your mind apart even if you don't notice it.
But that's not all.
The virtual (digital) environment is your mirror, all the files, applications, and programs you use regularly, all the blogs you subscribe to, the pictures, music, and movies you save are an imprint of your personality. Everything is just like your home.
If you free your digital environment of the unnecessary, imposed, superfluous, and obsolete, only what is truly yours remains. That which is to your liking, when you stop consuming all the trash that's offered to you, you'll be able to direct your focus to what's really important to you.
By the way, you're bound to encounter resistance. If you've had the habit of hoarding digital junk for a long time, then you can't just up and delete everything unnecessary. However, here is what I read in Anastasia Ryzhina's book, “Digital Minimalism. How to put your digital environment in order, stop depending on gadgets and do what you like”.
“The question, “What do I want to delete?”. Usually, you would rather not delete anything because it's pathetic, because you’re used to it, because, “what if it comes in handy?” In the end, because it's laziness. If you change the question to “How do I use this?” you'll delete several times more information — both on your devices and in your head, more free space. Make a memo, draw a sign asking, “How do I use this?” and hang it up or put it in a prominent place for the duration of the decluttering. In time, it will become familiar, but at first, it won't be a bad help in the revolutionary struggle for thought fuel.”
Try following this advice.