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E-Hoarding - Cutting Computer Clutter for Improved Productivity  04.03.2008

E-Hoarders:    'Those that have great difficulty deleting emails, files, photos and videos on a computer because ONE DAY they might need them.'

We all save things and there is nothing wrong with that at all. However, some people save too much, creating clutter. It is that clutter or mess that can seep into you disrupting your productivity, energy levels, and ability to find things. It can even hamper our self-esteem. It can be a serious problem and has been linked to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD – psychological disorder)

So what can we do about it?

Throwing things out is a skill and must be practised. Like a muscle that is never used, this ability will be weak to start with but thankfully the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Here are some suggestions for making a start on your computer:

  • Start small, little wins are better than no wins at all.
  • Ask yourself: what is the worst thing that could happen if I threw an item out
  • Ask yourself: What is the likelihood of me needing it again?
  • Control your thinking - Don’t focus on “Thrower’s Remorse” but on other positive things such as clarity of mind that clear space brings.
  • Develop a great filing system so everything is nicely arranged in files and folders that don't clutter your desktop, inbox or hard drive.

Good luck on your journey towards cutting down computer clutter towards grater productivity.

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Cheers, Blake Beattie
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