Take off the Invisibility Cloak

Digital Cleanse Day 30:

Take Off the Invisibility  Cloak

The invisibility cloak is one of my favorite parts of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Unfortunately, an invisibility cloak won’t serve you well in a digital cleanse. To truly take control of your data and have technology work for you, you’ve got to be able to see at a glance what’s available to you.

If you’ve applied the advice in the digital cleanse you  have a single email archive, only the apps you need, an organized photo library and one cloud to store it all on. The last step is to make sure its all visible. Don’t bury your access points in folders within folders. Make them as close to top level as possible. Similarly, unpack your apps so you can see them on your desktop, home screen or dock.

Your technology should be equally accessible. Don’t tuck it all away in a drawer or box. Have it out where you can get at it. What are you using on a regular basis?  Think about your dedicated devices and how you use them. I embrace the idea of giving each item a specific home. If I’m not using my iPad, it’s on my nightstand when I’m at home or in my purse when I’m out and about. I always know where to find it.

I suggest you start an “old technology” box as you rediscover gadgets and gizmos around your home or office. I was amazed at what I found. It was a technological archeological dig. I uncovered:

  • My trusty PalmPilot Treo, my last Palm mobile before I switched to iPhone.
  • A BlueAnt bluetooth speaker
  • A four-port USB 2.0 hub
  • A Veo SD Camera
  • Two Light Wedge book lights
  • A Digital Tag namebadge
  • A LiveAction Mic
  • Two magnetic mobile phone camera lenses
  • A Cinemin Swivel projector bought on impulse at the Las Vegas airport
  • And a couple dozen miscellaneous cables that might be useful one day

Some items, I’ll use again. Most will be sold or given away. A side benefit of the digital cleanse was a little office decluttering.

What you can’t see is easily forgotten. So take off the invisibility cloak and live your digital life.

That’s a wrap on the 30 day #digitalcleanse. For links to the complete Digital Cleanse series, click here.Join me at Social Media Camp where I’ll be debuting my Digital Cleanse presentation. Hope to see you then!

Pursue Your Passions with Abandon

Digital Cleanse Day 29:

Pursue Your Passions with Abandon

My advice to pursue your passions is another, deeper layer of your digital cleanse. Too much of our digital lives is stuck in what our jobs require or things we feel obligated to do online. I want to encourage you to pursue your passions at every opportunity. If it’s something you love, then you’ll always have energy for it. Do you know what your passions are? 

If you really have a passion for what you do, the chances are that you’ll be able to survive.” ~ Robin Williams quoted in Hello Canada!

Passions can take many forms. To give you an idea, I’ve opened my Facebook feed to see what my friends are passionate about:

  • Soap making
  • Spring skiing
  • Tiny homes
  • Disneyland
  • Breastfeeding
  • Wine slushies
  • Choral music
  • Star Wars

Some of these are brands with loyal followings. Others, I would call social movements. Still others are just for fun. What thrills you? What fuels your curiosity? What energizes and rejuvenates you? Whatever your answer, you’ll have found your passions.

Ideally your passions become your vocation but we’re not all so lucky! Instead, fuel your soul with the things you love.  You’ll be amazed at how much energy you find to devote to them.

More on the 30 day #digitalcleanse tomorrow. Hope to see you then!

(If you missed yesterday’s installment, take a couple extra minutes to explore Take a Digital Vacation. For links to the complete Digital Cleanse series, click here.)

Sleep For Fewer Digital Mistakes

Digital Cleanse Day 27:

Sleep Means Fewer Digital Mistakes

Sleep.  If you sleep, you’ll be a better writer and a better business person. When you’re well-rested you communicate your ideas more clearly, get more done time in less time and make fewer digital mistakes.

Personally, I know its time to stop writing when I start mixing up my homonyms. You’ll have to trust me that I know the difference between there, their and they’re. Ditto for its and it’s. But odds are if I’ve goofed, I was sleep-deprived when I wrote it.  To paraphrase Oliver Twist, “sleep/ glorious, sleep/ what wouldn’t we give for/ that extra bit more.”

Do you know your tired-triggered errors? We’ve all done it. Pushed send on an email and only then realizing we’ve quoted the wrong price. Uh oh! Or tweeted an auto-correct blunder. Or tagged the wrong person.  Or posted a personal post on a business page. Oops!

Do you touch-type? I learned to type without looking at the keyboard in Grade 9. To type correctly, I start with my fingers on A S D F and J K L ; – easy if you know how. But it’s also easy to goof and put your fingers on  Q W E R and U I O P, one row about the correct position. If you’ve learned to touch-type you might be a couple paragraphs in before you look at the screen. Yes, I’ve done this. My excuse: I was tired.

If you happened to notice a typo on my website, I welcome your edits. Just pop me and email with the link and the correction. It can happen to anyone. I, for one, will be glad to right the wrong.

This is also a good time to think about how you handle the public’s feedback on your content. Can you handle the criticism? It’s not always easy to accept the feedback with good grace. A well-rested writer can handle criticism more easily. And fewer mistakes happen if they get a solid night’s sleep.

Book Cover: Chicago Manual of Style 16th EditionSometimes there’s a difference of opinion about what’s correct.  That’s why the print edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) is 1026 pages long. Or 1035 if you include the table of contents. Or 1041 if you include the preface and the acknowledgements. See what I mean?

So, as best you can sleep more and you’ll enjoy the benefits of fewer digital mistakes.

More on the 30 day #digitalcleanse tomorrow. Hope to see you then!

(If you missed yesterday’s installment, take a couple extra minutes to explore Work with Your Security Blankie. For links to the complete Digital Cleanse series, click here.)