Cleaning my "digital" house.
As I have mentioned before, I am a streamliner. I only have a few key items in my wardrobe. I only bring items into my home if they make us happy or serve a purpose. The second an item stops meeting one of those criteria, it is out the door to Goodwill or my favorite donation center. I am very much a believer in "A cluttered desk. A cluttered mind."
That being said, I have been taking stock of my "digital" house. I was starting to feel overwhelmed and like an internet reader with the attention span of a gnat! And if you asked me what I was reading, I had no answer. I was just flitting around glancing here, skimming there. I could not tell you what I read or what I learned.
Grace from Design* Sponge just wrote an amazing article on the State of the Blog Union. She touched on how blog readers have changed over the last couple of years. I turned into one of those readers. I noticed the shift in how I read blogs, social media and even real handheld magazines! I skim them and look at the pictures. It's like I don't have time to read anymore. And if I don't read then I am not making time for one of my non-negotiables, learning. I used to try to learn something new everyday. When did I stop learning?
I am a HUGE advocate for learning. The best piece of busines advice, hell, real life advice I ever received was from one of my uncles. He told me when I was in college at an internship with him, "You should never feel like you have arrived. There is always something to learn."
So I am cleaning my "digital" house. Streamlining it. Unfriend. Unfollow. Unsubscribe. I placed my twitter, facebook, instagram, emailer marketing and rss feed on the chopping block. I went through each of them and unfriended, unfollowed, and unsubscribed to people, sites and brands that I was not reading. If they did not make me happy or serve a purpose, that purpose being learning, I deleted them from my life.
I re-evalauated what I am interested in right now. Design and entrepreneurship. What can I learn as a designer and from whom? What can my clients learn and from whom? I started to follow a small amount of new people and brands, but only a handful.
• my twitter is now the place I slow down, find a great resource link and actually read the whole article.
• my instagram contains photos that make me happy from people I love and respect.
• my inbox has never been cleaner.
• my rss feed is super streamlined and only shows my 6 favorites sites.
• I check my phone less throughout the day from FOMO because I am following less people and don't have to scroll and scroll to check everything.
• I have found awesome new people, some right here in Indiana, that are inspiring me.
• I have learned invaluable information this past week that will serve me as a wife and mother, me as a designer and business owner and my women entrepreneur clients.
• And facebook...well, don't get me started. It is close to being chopped all together. Truth: I actually HATE facebook. It has turned into visual junkmail for me. It causes a physical aggitation when I open it, which I barely do now. It is not serving me.
If I have "un-d" you, it was not personal. I am at a certain place in my life as a mother, designer and entrepreneur that I was not learning from you. If you have "un-d" me through my blog and portfolio changes, I will not take it personal. You were not learning from me and I wish you the best on your merry internet adventures. I will find my tribe and you will find yours.
I challenge you to "un" your internet life this weekend. It will slow you down, lower your shoulders out of your ears and feel like an early spring cleaning. The internet will return to being the place of limitless knowledge again like it used to be. Action steps: start with one of your social media accounts. Are there people that you skip when reading 140 characters? If so, delete them and search for new people that have something to teach you, your family or your clients.
Peace & hair grease. Happy weekend!