How often do you catch yourself subconsciously opening up Instagram to check how many likes your new selfie got? Or maybe everytime you hear a ‘ding’, you get PTSD from those late night emergency emails your boss sends you. If you can relate to all this, maybe it’s time to take a digital detox before the peak season at work starts this year and everyone comes back to town from their year-end vacations.

And no, we’re not talking about a complete break from technology. For those who seek a respite from all-things-electronic, there are places that offer that, like the Westin Paris that has a programme that lets you deposit all your gadgets at the front desk before checking in. But we’re not asking you to be a shaman and go into a total phase of zen.

Today, we’re going to teach you how to declutter your digital footprint in our efforts to help you optimise your life (see our how-to guide to tidying up your home). There are many ways to do this, and we aren’t going to make you download more things just to delete those useless apps that you’ve barely opened since you installed them onto your phone.

Picture this: zero unread emails, no toxic friends on your feed, and a clearer mind going into the new year. You’ll feel more recharged and rearing to get things up and running.

But before you proceed, you need to make sure to be brutal and decisive, because nostalgia can creep in like a parasite and make you second guess yourself. 2018 is not the year for indecisiveness. So read on for our guide to your much-needed digital detox.