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Digital clutter is the hidden enemy of productivity.

Bit by bit, it steals your time, energy, and attention. And since we use our computers, tablets, and phones so much every single day, the distraction and wasted time really adds up.

In this episode, we will share 5 ways you can do a digital declutter, and for each one, we’ll give you tips to STAY decluttered.

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Cheat Sheet:

  • The top 3 productivity resources for this week [2:38]
  • What “digital clutter” is and what you can get from a “digital declutter” [7:04]
  • Why a digital detox is not the same as a digital declutter [9:28]
  • The key places on your computer you want to keep clean and distraction-free [13:30]
  • How Thanh’s folder and file management has changed for the better over the years [20:35]
  • The dangers of using your email inbox as a todo list and how to make your email a safer place to go during your workday [24:06]
  • Why not decluttering your phone can lead to a productivity “death by a thousand cuts” [30:27]
  • Declutter your computer’s app shortcuts and keep your dock clean [36:50]
  • The easiest way to manage your notifications and their effect on your productivity [40:51]
  • Action steps you can take to integrate today’s topic into your life [47:17]

5 Ways To Reclaim Your Focus

  1. Clear Your Downloads and Especially Your Desktop
  2. Declutter Your Email
  3. Declutter Your Mobile Device
  4. Declutter Your Computer’s App Shortcuts
  5. Declutter Your Notifications


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