A big chunk of our lives are digital now. Social Media, digital photography, cat videos... here's some ways to get your digital life sorted in 2017.
Download the Layout app by Instagram. It's free photo collage app for both Apple and Android users and is a piece of cake to use. At the end of each month choose your best shots and save a quick collage, then at the end of the year you'll have a snapshot of your year without trawling through a year's worth of photos.
Do a quick social media cull. Lots of people try to cut off social media all together as a resolution but I prefer to make it work better for me. Unfollow or defriend anyone who doesn't make your life better. Be harsh. Your second cousin with 'those' political views? Gone. The page you followed for a competition and now floods the feed with ads? See ya later. Seek out pages that bring you the information that interests you. Set up your feed so that there is quality over quantity. It's half an hour's effort for a year of positive results.
Rethink 'Screen Time'. It's not always a negative activity to be timed and limited. Try out the coding apps and educational ones like reading eggs. You Tube has fantastic science shows (among many others) for kids if you can get away from those unboxing videos and most of your favourite cartoons are on there in different languages, we have been watching Peppa Pig in Italian to help pick up the vocabulary.
Get in the habit of downloading your phone photos. For most of us it is our primary camera so if it's lost or destroyed you can lose hundreds of photos! Set up software like Dropbox or Cloud or go old school and plug it into the computer once a month. Choose a date and stick to it, we all know someone who has lost all their photos.
Unsubscribe. From emails, from notifications, from everything you can. Make your phone only buzz for the important stuff. Facebook and Instagram both notify you of all sorts of things that can wait and email is generally junked up with sales alerts and newsletters. Unless you love it, leave it.
Hopefully these suggestions are helpful and it's a happy digital new year for you!