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Five Resolutions for Digital Zen in 2012

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By lesleykat · January 4, 2012

We are 4 days into 2012 and I have already successfully completed a few of my digital resolutions. While these are my resolutions, they are something we should all think about doing. Organization makes life easier but it also takes practice. Lets start 2012 off right!
PS. I know this isn't my usual type of post but I thought maybe it might inspire a few of you out there. Hope you enjoy!

1. Sort and organize RSS feeds
I subscribe to ALOT of blogs as I am sure many of you do. Monday I took some time and cleaned out my feeds. I sorted them into folder and unsubscribed to dead feeds. It feels so good to look at a clean dashboard. (I use google reader to manage my feeds.)

2. Create meaningful lists on twitter
The more momentum twitter gains the more unmanageable it seems to become. Its important to filter out the noise and focus on what you need when you need it. I have divided the people I follow into a few lists. Note, I keep my lists private for the most part. I like keeping my filters to myself but public lists are just fine. My lists include:
  • Friends: these are people I know and see often in real life.
  • Bloggers: duh, this one is pretty self-explanatory.
  • Brands: these are brands and stores I subscribe to.
  • News: news feeds that don't apply to fashion, beauty, etc... real life stuff because hey, I don't read newspapers.

I will probably be adding more specific lists when I finally get around to doing this especially since I'm going to seek out additional people to follow for things like organization, tech, design, photography, etc... I am a renaissance woman after all. I like to soak up as much info as possible. Oh and I'm a big fan of seesmic web for watching my feeds.

3. Simplify digital workflow
Seeking out and using tools like Dropbox & Evernote to create a more seamless workflow for myself. I store most of my photography on my laptop at home but sometimes I need to access specific things when I am in the office. I use dropbox to allow myself access. When I am on the go I like to use Evernote to jot down ideas and even write entire posts, sans photos. (I am writing this post right now in Evernote) I can start off a post on my iphone and finish it off on the web.All my notes are synced on all my devices. Love it! I am still searching out additional tools as I move forward.

4. Email filters
I have a love hate relationship with email. I feel like it's this nagging thing that becomes so overwhelming, annoying and unmanageable. Instead of unsubscribing to all of  blasts that companies send I am finally putting filters in place to keep them out of my inbox and corral them in their own little place, the "Blasts" folder. At one point I was getting 10+ emails a day from various flash sale sites. Its just too much for a girl to take! Now I can browse them when I want and soon I will have inbox zen. (Big sigh of relief)

5. Digital bookkeeping
I am terrible at keeping my finances in order. I usually pay all my bills last minute and sometimes even forget. (SO BAD, I know!) I'd like to make an effort to change all that in 2012. While Mint still freaks me out a bit I know that I need a tool to help me get my spending and bill paying under control. Mint helps you track all your accounts and tells you where/on what your money is being spent. I'd like to start being adult about my finances so this is a resolution needs to be tackled sooner rather than later.

What are your digital resolutions? Have any tips for me? Share!!

 

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