Back in 2012, I came across an article (probably via Lifehacker) by Frank
Chimero that referred to a practice that he called a "Digital
Jubilee", based on the old testament practice of the "Year of
I won't belabour the point here, because this isn't a new concept.
I just want to share what this looks like for me.
I've done some version of this every year since then and it's a
great way to start the year fresh in the digital world. So, in no
- Trim my follows on social networks (as of this year, that only
means Mastodon). This means keeping all the folks I regularly
interact with, maybe some of the ones I just love to read and if
there are any I'm not sure of, off they go. Sometimes I use an
"archive" list so I can see if people I end up following again were
jubilee-d but that's not critical to the process (though it might
be more likely with mutuals).
- Take an axe to my RSS feeds. It doesn't always get rid of a lot
because I love keeping up to date using RSS. But it's worth asking
the question "would I really be missing out if I didn't read this
- I don't need to worry about clearing my email because I run a
pretty tight inbox-zero ship. But I will spend most of January
keeping an eye on newsletters and feeling free to
- Trim my podcasts a little. I probably won't need to do much
this year because when my queued episodes got constantly over 20
hours earlier this year I cut out most of them. But I'll take this
opportunity to see if I can do a bit more.
- Have a look through my Pocket list and see if there's anything
I'm really never going to get to. It's not stupidly long so there
won't be much but who knows what next year will look like.
- Check my todo.txt list to see if there's anything on there that
should really move to someday/maybe. Perhaps if I did my weekly
reviews properly that wouldn't even be a thing. But right now, it
- Get rid of unused apps on my phone or tablet.
There are some things I don't feel (at least right now) the need
to "Jubilee". Email, as I said before. Culling my video or music
files. Clearing out my Downloads directory (that's another inbox-zero
thing with me anyway). I'm sure there are probably more I should be
dealing with but this lot improves things a lot for me, so will
certainly do for now.
Happy New Year to all...