Welcome to the first day of the Get Organized! Digital Declutter Challenge. Since you may still be recovering from New Year’s Eve, today we will start with an easy task. The goal of the first challenge is to motivate yourself for the month ahead.
Find a new image – one that you really love and that inspires you- to be your background image. If you have multiple devices (e.g. phone, tablet, laptop, desktop), upload the image to all of them. You may have a lot of documents and icons that obscure the image right now, but don’t worry. We will be working on clearing all of that up this month.
If you don’t have a photo that you like, pull out your phone and take a few pictures that inspire you. Maybe the beautiful scene out your window, a photo of people you love, or a selfie as you strike a power pose. Alternatively, you can use one of the images below.
Think of this image as a promise to yourself to stick with the challenge and give yourself the gift of clarity for the new year.
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Visuals can be very motivating. Which image did you select?
22 thoughts on “Digital Declutter Challenge #1: Background Image”
What a great challenge and totally up my alley as I love photography and playing with images in all honesty here. Happy New Year now, Seana!!!
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I bet you have a terrific background image that inspires all of your content – maybe a family photo?
I started participating on a daily photo challenge a few months ago. Every month they publish a list of prompts for the month as a pinnable image, and that’s what I use for my desktop wallpaper. It’s not as nice to look at as a beautiful photo, but it reminds me to make photography part of every day.
Janet Barclay recently posted…2016: The Best of Your Organizing Business
What a wonderful idea! We look at our screens quite a bit each day, so having an image can be terrifically motivating. It doesn’t need to be a photo, just something you love to look at:)
Great idea on having a digital declutter challenge. We often focus on decluttering our home and forget about digitally decluttering. Thanks Seana.
Kathy McEwan recently posted…The Real Cost of Clutter
I hope it turns out to be helpful. We may not get through all aspects of digital life, but it occurred to me last summer that we have more and more clutter in this area of our lives. I hope you’ll follow along and keep giving me feedback!
I cleared my holiday image on my phone yesterday and now I have my business background image on my screen. I really like it. On my desktop I have a waterfall image. It’s an image I took last year on vacation. I love changing out digital images after I go on vacation. =) Looking forward to this challenge.
I need to do this task myself as I have a holiday background on my laptop. Looking forward to putting in a fresh, clean and inspiring image… which for me, is usually the beach!
I love the idea of having a visual as motivation to get you started! I think too many times we have an “idea” but when things get hard that “idea” can’t really help us if we don’t have something concrete to look upon. Thanks for the motivation and I can’t wait to see the rest of your challenge!
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It is easy to lose our motivation when we run into roadblocks! Most people are visual communicators, and therefore images are surprisingly powerful. Changing those images periodically is important because we tend to get used to what we are looking at and sort of “block it out” over time. Thanks for following along this month and giving feedback – love that!
I’ve been trying to sign up for your newsletter so I can follow along and I keep getting errors. Any other way I can subscribe?
Hmmm… I’m not sure why you can’t sign up. I’m so sorry about that – I will be working on that! In the meantime, you can visit my blog every day (I’m posting each challenge the evening before), and you can also follow my Facebook page where I will be posting the challenge each morning. Thanks for the “heads up!”
Also, I took a screenshot of the message that get each time I enter my email.
If you want to email me the screenshot (Seana [at] TheSeanaMethod [dot] com) I will see what I can do!
Love the idea of using motivational images (even just one) to help you stick with your goal … sort of digital vision board. Great first step toward progress.=)
Deb Lee recently posted…10 Business Travel Apps to Keep You Organized
Nice to start positive and not too complicated. A power image motivates me. Plus, many of us have old background images, or have never put a personalized one on the computer, so hopefully this is very rewarding!
I love this, Seana! I love the consistency of this idea. For me, it’s northern lights. Sadly not a picture I took, though. One day.
Tamara recently posted…Game Time Recipe: Spicy Turkey & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders
I know you understand the power of an image, Tamara! The Northern Lights would be so inspiring. I saw them once when I was at a camp in upstate New York. I was so surprised that I didn’t even believe my own eyes!
I absolutely love this idea, Seana. I don’t usually pay attention to backgrounds (or home decor or hairstyles or….), but if I changed the background to a meaningful and inspirational image, I know I would pay attention. Thanks for the wonderful idea.
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Some of us are more visual than others, but most people enjoy looking at an image they feel a connection to.I hope you give it a try, and I hope it provides a lot of inspiration and encouragement each time you look at it!
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