From the hundreds of pictures stored on your phone to files filling your desktop, we all have digital clutter. Like tidying up your home space, organizing your digital space can have positive benefits for your health and more.
Clutter is a known cause of stress, as being surrounded with too much visual information can be overwhelming or feel like there’s too much to do. In fact, a study discovered that a person’s visual cortex can be overwhelmed by objects not related to a particular task — constant clutter on your devices can be mentally draining. Reducing the number of unopened emails on your phone screen or outdated tasks on your to-do list can provide some mental relief and allow you to feel more accomplished at the end of each day.
Sifting through data is a waste of time and when it comes to working, you know how the saying goes — time is money. Like tidying up your home, cleaning up your devices can make navigating through your stuff more efficient and less time-consuming.
Reduces the risk of cybersecurity threats
Digital hoarding has clear implications on cybersecurity and data protection. The more digital data you maintain, the more susceptible it is to a cybersecurity breach. Additionally, the more unprotected files and documents there are floating around your devices, the easier it is for hackers to access your personal information. Cleaning up your devices and organizing files into safe folders or other barriers can help protect your digital life.
Helps the environment
Taking steps to reduce our digital footprints can make a big impact on our carbon ones. Although we can’t see data, it is physically stored somewhere on servers — which takes a lot of energy to power. By 2025, it’s estimated that our devices and servers will account for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Improves device speed
The more data your hard drive has to manage, the harder it has to work to deliver what you need, which could slow down your device. Eliminating apps, files, or other data that uses storage from your devices can not only improve your device speed but your productivity, as you’ll be able to access what you need with ease.