Recovery for the PDF Clutter Junkie

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Are your devices cluttered with  PDF freebies?

I must confess, I’m a recovering PDF junkie. How about you?

When we are starting in business or wanting to learn more about a topic, its no surprise that we want to download every freebie we can. Learning how to do business online is big business and every one wants a piece of our inbox.    What becomes of those juicy little gifts that give us that hit of momentary endorfins? The inbox gets full and we get into PDF clutter overwhelm.

The Inbox Magic Portal

I like to talk about the Magic Portals of energy in our lives and businesses.  One such portal is the inbox.  Its an energetic gateway into our space.  We give and receive through our inbox.  But let’f face it digital clutter can be an issue for many of us.

PDF’s are a particularly interesting part of our digital clutter.  They can be a modern day  super drug for the business entrepreneur.  Very addictive, particularly for the addictive amongst us.  Let’s face it, who doesn’t want a little gift in their inbox every day?

I love that feeling to be honest.  That little rush of excitement:

  • What will it be like?
  • Will it be useful?
  • Will it answer my question?
  • Will it help me?
But sometimes I have felt like a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter.  Hoarding nuts for the winter and then finding that there aren’t enough hours in the day to eat all the nuts or enjoy them.  But there are all the nuts, taking up all the space in the nest.

What can you do about PDF Clutter Overwhelm?

After many years of digital hoarding, I sorted out my PDF clutter overhelm this past month and this is what I did:

A PDF Sabbatical

I’ve stopped signing up willy nilly.  This has been as hard as stopping biting my nails.  With such targeted Facebook ads it was hard to control the ‘sign up’ urge.

If you are finding it tricky, just start a day at a time ….. literally.  Just say to your self ‘today will be ‘sign up’ free!’ And take it from there, one day at a time.  Currently I will only download something that is directly linked and useful to whatever my business goal of the month is.  Ironically, this month one of my goals is list building and creating a freebie!  Oh dear.  Lol!

Speaking to the Clutter Buts

The Clutter Buts are the objections your mind makes when you are trying to declutter.  And PDF decluttering brings up just as many Clutter Buts as anything else. When you are trying to stop downloading PDFs this is what the Clutter Buts sound like:

‘Oh, but that might come in really useful one day.’

‘She’s a great coach, I’m sure to learn something important!’

‘There will be new information in there that I don’t want to miss.’

‘I’ll just get this one.’

Ignore the Clutter Buts.  Focus on you, your business, your message and your goals.  That’s what’s important.  The rest is noise that can throw you off track and delay your progress.

When you really need to find information online, it will still be there for you to download when the time is right.

What about the PDFs you already have?

I’ve had a great time this month working through all my PDFs.  My other business goal this month was to declutter everything digital.  Its been amazing and eye-opening.  Also it’s taken some time and a little patience.

Where are the PDFs hiding?

I knew I had a lot of files lurking in unknown areas. My first goal was to search everywhere for PDFs.  There were lots and lots of them, dating back many years.
For this you can just type PDF in your search bars wherever you are looking.  Go through systematically, system by system.  Storage by storage.

Finding the juicy PDF nuggets

The next goal was to delete or store.  This is where I had the most fun.  Because I allocated some time every day for this,  it was easy and overwhelm free.

1) I love the decluttering feeling of releasing things that I don’t want any more.  It’s so liberating!

2) I got to look at all the amazing PDFs again.  Ooops, there goes the endorphin rush again  (but I love to learn so that’s how I roll)!  Aproach this step with caution as you could spend all day imersed in reading and then wanting to impletment all the information.  We are talking scanning here, not in depth reading of everything.

Yes there were a lot but the purpose of doing it was two-fold: firstly to declutter and secondly, and most importantly, to find the juicy pdf nuggets and deal with them accordingly.

Decide on where you are going to store your PDFs

This is a crucial step.  Once you decide where you are going to store your PDFs then you literally start to go through them one by one.

I decided to store everything in Evernote, which I adore, and keep it in a folder named ‘research’.   I tagged each note with the main content topic.

I deleted lots of PDFs of course.  Some contained information that I assimilated a long time ago.  Some where just not very useful.  Others were not relevant to me any more.

But others were … magnificent juicy resources that I intend to get back to when the time comes for me to delve deeper into an area.

If you want help with your digital clutter I am here to gently assist you.  At the moment I am offering an amazing coaching experience to help get you kick-started.  Have a look here to see how we can declutter together.

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