Mobile electronics allow users to connect to the world in a way that wasn’t possible a mere decade ago, making them useful, even powerful, and of course convenient. A key idea to keep in mind when using these tools is to always recognize their purpose: to streamline, and even simplify one’s life.
Researchers have even found that the better we manage the influx of clutter in our lives, both digital and real-world, the less stress we have. There are countless articles that break down how clutter affects us and how being organized can actually improve your mental and physical well-being. It’s become a commonly agreed upon sentiment that implementing strategies and structures to help us retain a de-cluttered life is as important as avoiding stress. It simply is a part of a healthy life.
Applications as Tools
With the dawn of mobile application development, new apps are written every day for user-specific applications: software that addresses a particular goal for a particular demographic with certain purpose. A good example of this would be, if you happen to have the new iPhone 8, our virtual-friend Siri. Voice-command operations used to be cumbersome and difficult to use, but in recent years that’s all changed. Now operating your phone hands-free with Siri (or a similar voice recognition tool) is something that many mobile device owners use readily, especially when it’s a necessity — while driving, for example.
Voice command operation allows the user to access data quickly and accurately without having to fumble around with the device, in many cases saving time and energy. But that’s only the beginning: there are countless app-driven strategies to de-clutter, simplify, and organize your life to save you headaches and streamline your day with minimal effort.
A timeless favorite is evernote, an app devoted to organization across multiple channels. Dropbox, Asana, IFTTT (If This, Then That), and Shoeboxed are all among the must-have list, offering free options to do everything from automation and information sharing all the way to expense tracking and team management tools. There’s an abundance of these highly effective and useful apps that are free to use and when implemented correctly can save time, money, and headaches.
Develop Personal Strategies
Individual strategies to stay organized will vary due to the variety of different lifestyles we lead. Careers, goals, even the location of the person will determine the most effective plan of action. A healthy way to address what needs the most attention to staying organized is to look at priorities: time management, responsibilities, access to information, and ease-of-use are all channels that come into consideration for most people. From diet and fitness plans, to synced shopping lists and team delegation, with a moment of introspection we can figure out what we could simplify, coordinate, or centralize. From there, it’s easy to develop a method to keep it all streamlined and organized, especially with the broad spectrum of digital tools at our fingertips.
Take a moment to consider the priorities in your life, from relationships to hobbies and careers, and notice the amount of time and energy that’s invested in each. Then consider any areas that may be challenging — whether it’s due to lack of time or complicated logistics (or possibly both) — and strategize a way to simplify and develop a system to sustain this focused organization. Sometimes, a little more effort up front will enable you to save innumerable frustrating moments in the future. If that’s not enough to convince you, keep in mind the repercussions of clutter and confusion in the realm of health and the added stress that manifests as a result of neglecting it all.