This is a transcript of the podcast Distraction, your survival guide to our crazy-busy, ever-connected modern world hosted by Dr. Edward Hallowell, ADHD expert. Dr. Hallowell gives advice on how to clear clutter in your home and on your devices.
DR. HALLOWELL: Hi, this is Dr. Ned Hallowell. Thank you for joining us for this mini distraction, like our full-length shows, these mini’s will be different every time, only shorter. It’s a busy world and you don’t have a lot of time, we get it. These episodes are for you.
I’ve been asking for listener feedback and you have delivered. We want to share with you a few of the responses we’ve gotten. Tina Mancini emailed us and I quote “I particularly liked the correlation between creativity and better grades with the arts. I enjoyed listening to the people telling what distracts them. Great advice from the state trooper, an important topic.”
Resources to Clear Clutter From Your Life
Susan P. reached out to us with a letter about some issues in her life. Here’s the part I wanted to address, “My children are concerned about my collections of many things, like music, books and more. I want to change, and have given away lots, but I have much more to go. I’m distracted by the hundreds, no thousands of emails, photos, and more than that clutter in my inbox. I hope you’ll address how we can cope with deleting those from our devices.”
Well, let me tell you Susan, you’re not alone. The whole issue of clutter, cyber clutter as well as actual, physical clutter is a growing concern. A whole company was founded because of this called 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, where you can get a truck to just pull up to your house and they’ll come in, and excavate all the clutter, all the junk and cart it away for you.
What you need to do, as you do with real physical clutter, is just go through deleting. If you can’t do it yourself, get some help, there are now specialists in cyber clutter. A great resource is ClutterSort. They virtually organize emails and develop systems for organizing files and all the rest. There are links to more great resources in the episode description of this show. Like everything else, it’s a new problem, but a very real and serious problem. You don’t want to be overrun in your cyber world any more than you are in your real world.
That’s from our mailbag, but it’s not a mailbag really, it’s more of a mail portal. How would you all name it? What name should we give to this segment? Please send us your ideas, instead of a mailbag, what would we call it? Thanks so much for your letters, comments. We really welcome them, want them, it really helps build and strengthen our community. Please, please send them in to us. Call us toll free at 844-55-CONNECT, or email at [email protected]. To hear more mini and full-length episodes, subscribe to Distraction on iTunes. Thanks so much for listening.
This is a transcript of the podcast Distraction, “Clear Your Clutter”. Distraction is available on iTunes.