The recent conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) was awesome as always. As mentioned in NAPO Conference, here I come, it was in Baltimore this year and is one of the most fun times of the year when I get to attend great educational workshops and mix and mingle with my colleagues from all over the world.
My favorite workshop was on digital clutter, where I learned tips and strategies to help my organizing and coaching clients deal with the overwhelming amount of digital information we now deal with on a daily basis. Digital clutter can be as challenging to deal with as physical clutter, especially if you can’t ever find anything on your computer. Yet, many people think that the latest online or mobile app will be the answer to increasing their productivity, but unfortunately these tools sometimes add to the clutter! The workshop was presented by Judith Kolberg, an expert on ADD and chronic disorganization. Kolberg, who shared that people with ADD, and those who tend to hoard information, are often the most vulnerable, is also the author of the popular book, “ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life”.
If you struggle with managing digital clutter, check out Joshua Becker’s excellent blog post at Becoming Minimalist, 25 Areas of Digital Clutter to Miminalize. It has some very helpful tips on managing email, photos, music, old documents and much more.