As we approach summer and a new season, it is an excellent time to take inventory in your life of what is serving you well and what isn’t- a refresh to bring new energy and strength into your commitments, workflow, and spaces. While many of us focus on our physical space (which can affect our mood and productivity, and energy levels), it is equally important to focus on refreshing our digital space, especially as an entrepreneur or leader.
Here a few ideas to get you started.
01 | Move your apps into folders
Do you have a surplus of apps on your phone? The various apps used for editing, invoicing, content production, and design can all add up quickly and clutter your phone screen. Instead, sort your apps by type and place them into folders based on function. For example:
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok could all go into a social media folder
Zoom, Slack, Facetime, and others could go into team communication. Canva, VSCO, and Adobe programs could go into the creative apps or editing apps folder.
Reducing your digital clutter will improve your workflow and help to reduce your mental clutter.
02 | Clean out your inbox
Nothing causes anxiety quite like an inbox of overflowing and unread emails. Delete junk mail, unsubscribe from company newsletters that are no longer relevant to you or your work—flag and sort emails for follow-up.
03 | Update your profile photos/ company logos
Are your profile photos up to date on your social media platforms? Still representative of who you are in this season of life? Does your company logo need a brand refresh? Updating your profile photos or company logos is an easy and effective way to bring new energy into your digital space. Your visual identity should feel exciting to you and your audience.
04 | Is your about/bio still relevant and reflective of you or your organization’s mission and goals?
Does your page represent your core values, mission statement, and goals accurately? Or, if you own an organization or nonprofit, is it representative of the organization’s goals? Does the bio in your social media profiles capture who you are and what you’re about in a few short sentences? It’s never too late to assess where you are and make changes.
05 | Content refresh
A content refresh involves editing your existing web content, whether that’s articles, guidebooks, or FAQ’s. For example, you could insert new quotes from experts and weave them into existing pieces or even create new audio/video content by changing the angle of a previously covered topic or even create a series from the previously written content. Refreshing or editing your existing content, whether it’s a blog post or about page, will help prevent content decay and increase your page impressions and appearances in Google rankings and searches.
Joshua Becker, bestselling author and founder of Becoming Minimalist, advises people on decluttering their homes and lives, and we believe this concept of intentionality applies to our digital spaces as well-
“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t. Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.”
What if we intentionally promoted and prioritized what we valued most in our online and digital spaces, whether that’s the photos or words representing us or who we follow and what we fill our feeds with?
Approaching your digital space this summer with intentionality and refreshing your digital space can open the door to new opportunities and audiences and invigorate you and your team in your mission.
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Hannah Lacy is a writer, mother, student and wife who loves to read and share stories. She is passionate about honest womanhood, motherhood and creativity. She believes in wild grace and sharing the beauty as well as the struggle and that one does not negate the other.