Motivation Monday: Contact Cleanup
Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!
We’ve written before about the idea of staying in touch with a friend or loved one every day of the week, but this week’s challenge is sort of the opposite. Namely, we’re suggesting it’s time you cleaned up your contact list. With today’s ever-connected world, it’s important to regularly clean house and make sure you’re linked up with those you want to be in touch with – and detached from those you don’t.
Do you still have a physical address book somewhere? Then start there. Take a page through and see if everyone is up-to-date. If you spot a friend or family member that you know has moved, update their information. You can use your address book as a guide for the other tasks this week!
Take a scroll through your contacts on your phone. Is there anyone you haven’t talked to in a million years? Consider turfing them – you can always jot down their info somewhere else (like a physical address book) in case you really need to reach out to them. You can also use your phone’s contact list to duplicate the info in your address book so you always have address and alternate phone info on hand.
When you have an email account for a decade or two, it’s easy to have old contacts build up – especially as friends delete or change their accounts. First, go through your emails and clean out anyone that you can’t ever imagine sending an email to. Second, try sending out a mass email to those who are still on your list. Any bouncebacks you get from inactive emails should also be cleaned off your list.
A regular culling of your Facebook or Instagram contacts is par for the course. If you haven’t done it in awhile, pick one platform a day and clean house. Another option for a platform like Facebook is to reorganize your contacts into groups. For example, if you want to keep photos of your partying alter ego away from colleagues, create a ‘Coworkers’ group and be sure to filter your posts so they can’t see that photo of you guzzling champagne. It’s a simple way to stay connected to friends while still sectioning off your life.