Simplify Your Life

Clear away distractions and focus on the essential.

Today’s Assignment

Simplify the Internet

1. Narrow down your social media to 1 – 2 networks. And delete the rest.

You don’t need them all. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google +, etc.

When simplifying, most people choose to abandon social networks as a whole, but in reality, we can allow ourselves one or two in order to stay connected if that is something that is important to us.

2. Unfollow those who flood your stream.

We have this irrational fear to delete people from our networks in case they post something that is essential to our well being. This is never the case.

We all follow those people who incessantly post every hour or more. Nobody has that much quality information to give out to the world. Delete these people and watch your stream fill with your friends who you actually care about.

3. Clean out your bookmarks folder.

As we surf the web, we tend to bookmark pages we come across that we like or want to read at a later time. Chances are however, that most of the time we rarely go back to those bookmarks and they pile on.

Take the time to clean out your bookmarks and leave only the things you haven’t read, or dearly want to keep. This is a good habit to practice once a week to avoid build up.

Why This?

The internet has been one of the greatest, and most destructive inventions of the 20th century. Many people blame the internet for its addictive qualities when, in fact, the problem lies with the people. It is our job, responsibility, and duty, to have a healthy relationship with the internet much like many other things in our lives.

The boundless infinity of the web makes it most appealing, but it is on us to monitor our relationship with it. The internet can be a great thing if used wisely, and a waste of our time if not.

Like many other addictive substances such as drugs and alcohol, people use the internet to hide away from the problems of their lives. They use it as a distraction because they don’t want to face reality.

But like many other addictions, it will not solve your problems. The only way to solve your problems is greet them with open arms.

The only way we can do that, is to simplify our lives so we can see what is around us. When we simplify, we rid ourselves of the distractions and focus on what is important.

It is only then that we can spend our time maximizing what makes us truly happy and healthy.


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