Check out the first 5 To Dos Here!
Part II: Input–stuff related to the learning and growing you do.
6. Change the Filter on Your Feeds
Are the people you follow today the same as when you first signed up for Twitter, Google Plus, and other social media sites? Have you grown and changed since then? If so, it may be time to filter your feeds and update who you follow.
Who posts things that are of interest and relevant to the work you do? Who are you looking to connect with? Who will push your thinking? Who will share new things? Who is just making noise?
Take a moment to go through your Facebook, Instagram, and other feeds too and customize them considering those who have earned a place in your feed. Whether for professional or personal use, filter what gets your attention and make the most of every moment.
Tool Tip: Instead of following based on the number of followers or likes (#Sheeple), spend time looking at the type of content posted and how they interact with others. Carefully consider in that moment, “Is this someone I want to bring into my digital abode?” Try a service like JustUnfollow to help speed up this daunting task.
7. Dust off Digital Friendships
After step number five, did you uncover connections you hope to maintain, or grow? Try some of the tips below to reconnect or just make someone’s day!
Tool Tip: Make someone’s day!
Tweet a Treat: Starbucks Tweet a Coffee
Handwritten Notes (via a digital service): Send handwritten notes (real ones) through this Handiemail or try Felt App.
Box subscriptions: Whether they are into dogs, babies, beauty, or just about anything, there is a monthly subscription service to make them smile.
8. Freshen Up Your LinkedIn (& other online profiles)
Don’t wait until you are looking for the next endeavor to update your online resume, LinkedIn, and other online profiles.
Tool Tip: Adjust your privacy & sharing settings, so your current employer doesn’t think you are preparing for an exit.
9. Redesign Learning Sources
Input matters. Inspired by task number six, think about not only the people, but also the sources from which you get information, content, and expand your thinking and knowledge.
Not a fan of audio? Ok, then update your Flipboard, and/or ScoopIt feeds with some new content to push your growth and prepare for summer reading by the pool (Is school out yet?).
ToolTip: Take advantage of your commute or solo exercise time with audio sources like Umano, Stitcher, and Audible. Track your literary consumption with sites like GoodReads so you can reflect on your growth, model that lifelong learning stuff to your students or kids or colleagues, and think about what’s next.
10. Create Clear Space
Arguably the most important task of them all. That is… if you want to be sane enough to keep doing the work you are doing. Be present, disconnect, and schedule margin (time when there is nothing scheduled).
Tool Tip: A good read on this topic— Margin.
So, as you tackle your spring cleaning list, don’t forget your digital life! Then when you have rested and disconnected for a bit, you can come back to a clean digital abode and do work that matters.
What spring cleaning todos are on your digital list? Start the conversation in the comments below!