Quarantine deFOMO challenge

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: …a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them…, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away… (Ecclesiastes, King Solomon)

The quarantine (which almost every country in the world is being put on now) opens up great opportunities to challenge ourselves.

If you are a FOMO person like me and save hundreds of tabs in browser and clips to Pocket or Evernote, then you probably feel my pain. FOMO stands for Fear Of Missed Opportunity and is thought to be a typical millennial and/or digital natives thing.

I have more than 99 tabs open on my mobile Chrome. How do I know this? On the 100th one tab counter changes to the 😀 smile. I’ve recorded a tiny screencast below just to give you some feeling.

I also have with 780 tabs on the laptop browser (you’ve read that right, seven hundred eighty tabs).

That escalated slowly – I had a clean browser last summer. Then I just decided to keep a tab which is interesting for me but I don’t have enough time to read it right now. I know, that’s not good anymore. And the whole world is on quarantine. In order to get that I decided to challenge myself the following way:

I will not open any new tab neither in my mobile or desktop browser AND I will not go to any new URL in my existing tabs AND I will read and close down all the existing tabs from Mar 30 till Apr 30

That may not sound like a challenging thing to do, but, considering amount of time you need to proceed with each page, that could be time consuming.

I will share my challenge progress here together with approach and tools I use to declutter my browsers and suggest you to think of your declutter opportunities and join my #defomochallenge. It’s the time!

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