Here are five things you can do to improve your digital life and reclaim your digital time: cultivate the right digital habits.
To improve your own digital life we need a bit of social media ecology: we need to reclaim our digital life.
GDPR an opportunity to improve digital life
Gdpr the abbreviation of General Data Protection Regulation, a regulation concerning privacy and processing of personal data of European citizens, which has had a tangible effect for users among other things to fill our email accounts with requests for consent to continue receiving newsletter. Ironically, for many users it was an opportunity to get rid of unwanted communications and contacts whose existence was not even remembered.
Improve digital life: digital distractions
In fact, how many are the digital distractions and the contents that reach us on the various channels every day, filling our days and increasing the time spent online? How do we review the various news sources? Have you ever tried to check how much time you spend on the different sites, social networks included of course? If you often tend to solve the topic of hours spent online suggesting the need for a more or less massive action of digital detox, reclaiming contacts, channels and content is a long-term action. Cleaning friends is a frequent activity for users and helps keep their network interesting, but not the only useful activity to be undertaken to improve online life.
5 actions to improve your digital life
Here are the five things to do to free up your digital time and improve your digital life:
1. Eliminate unnecessary newsletters: do you really need all the information that crowds your email inbox every day? Linbox zero, that is the ability to reach a share of emails to be read precisely equal to 0, one of the cornerstones of digital life, and often also a symptom of a correct management of one's work. So why fill the mailbox with emails we won't even read? Obviously difficult to remember all the services to which you subscribe, so upon receiving a newsletter it is worthwhile to get to the end and eventually click unsubscribe.
2. Select information sources: as users we have a significant amount of information available that allows us to stay up to date on facts and latest news. What sources can we trust? Which are the most authoritative for us? In the midst of the informative sea in which we swim online, it can be useful to identify and organize our favorite and most reliable sources. It will allow us to quickly and safely find out about the latest news and topics of interest. Not only the media itself but also the people considered most authoritative on certain topics are included in this reasoning.
3. Browse the social accounts: the cleaning of the contacts is the downstream problem, but upstream you have to ask yourself if it is the case to (man) keep more social platforms active. Can you remember all the channels on which you have created an account by heart? And how many do you use daily? Limit yourself to the latter, if necessary with a minimum of flexibility (for example for those social networks that by their very nature may not imply a daily interaction but that you still consider relevant to your personal branding).
4. Use time management tools: measure how much you have been online in activities other than work ones. There are several useful tools for the purpose, which allow for example to understand both how we have fragmented our time, and how to organize it more effectively (an example above all, adopting the tomato technique that breaks down the various activities into intervals of 25 then spacing them out with a 5-minute break).
5. Use platforms that allow temporary blocking of some sites, favoring concentration: all the tools that allow users to list and block some websites to encourage productivity are linked to the previous point. It is important to use them in a self-educational perspective: for example, using a tool to block my access to Facebook from browsers for the next 60 minutes useful if, day after day, it also becomes a way to become aware of how much time I would have spent on Facebook instead of complete more important activities.
So it is not just a matter of following good rules, but of finding one's own and in the long run to establish and acquire new and healthier behaviors. It is necessary to precisely nurture to cultivate correct digital habits.
by Emanuela Zaccone
** Emanuela Zaccone:Digital Entrepreneur, co-founder and Marketing & Product Manager of TOK.tv. He has over 10 years of experience as a consultant and lecturer in social media analysis and strategy for large companies, startups and universities. author of Digital Entrepreneur: principles, practices and skills for her own startup (Franco Angeli, 2016) and Social Media Monitoring: from conversations to strategy (Flaccovio, 2015).
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