As the first post on this new blog I think I should explain why I’ve hit the ‘Reset’ button on a few things.
My resolution for 2017 is to ‘Remove Clutter.’
I decided to make it vague because it puts the burden on me to make the most of it.
The first area I attacked was my personal website. If you remember, the last version had a bit too much going on. You could view my Instagram feed and my Twitter feed. There were a lot of pictures and categories. Basically, there was a lot of fluff. I’ve removed nearly all of that, but you can still find me as @jacobkbluhm on Instagram here and on Twitter here. I also decided to stop using so many social networks. That means no more Snapchat or Facebook for this guy. I’ll keep testing new networks as they pop up, but that will be for research purposes.
Access to Content
The next piece of this resolution involves the clutter in the form of content I absorb. I read a lot and I definitely fall victim to information overload when it comes to social networks, news, and other sources of entertainment. I’m going to limit myself, by time, each week. I’m not sure how long I will allow myself to indulge, but that may come in another post.
I’ll also be getting rid of clutter in my day-to-day tasks. I have a habit of multitasking. For a long time I thought of this ability as a skill. I recently returned from a month vacation in Bali with my only device being my iPhone. This put some severe limitations on the way I work, primarily on my ability to multitask. On an iPhone it is very difficult to do two things at once aside from listening to music while running another app. It wasn’t long before I realized how much faster I was getting things done. Now that I have my laptop and other devices at my disposal, I want to continue to limit myself on the amount of multitasking that I do.
No More Stuff
The last piece of my resolution involves physical clutter. After my move from Venice, CA I realized how much stuff I have. Stuff is what you call something when it doesn’t have a necessary or immediate purpose. I don’t want anymore stuff. I want to remove as much of this clutter as I can. This involves selling, donating, or otherwise getting rid of anything I’ve been keeping in storage and have no plan to use in the near future.
That’s it. That explains my resolution for 2017. I will certainly write updates about this adventure. There will definitely be ups and downs throughout the year. Happy New Year!