Lighten Your Backpack’s Load By Journaling The Stuff You Actually Use

Lighten Your Backpack’s Load By Journaling The Stuff You Actually Use

Whether it’s all the technology, schoolbooks or even hygiene products you carry around on a daily basis, your backpack can get pretty overloaded after a while. Tech blog Unplggd recommends journaling what you actually use every day to help lighten the load.

The things we think we “might need” as we’re running out the door are often pretty different than the things we actually need. Unplggd recommends jotting down everything you use during the day so you know what’s essential and what’s dead weight:

While having enough gear with you in case of an emergency seems prudent, you can end up lugging a heavy amount of gear regularly. For starters, if you’ve got your laptop, tablet, smart phone, mp3 player, DSLR, and other tech with you, it’s time to see if you can start leaving some at home or consolidating devices (why do you need an MP3 player AND your smart phone?). The easy way to do this is to keep a record of what you use in a week in a simple fashion. Once you’ve gone through a week and you’ve established your pattern, it’s time to lighten your pack.

Not only does this help you know when to leave certain things at home, this can help those of us with the opposite problem, too: leaving the house without certain important items. It’s easy to think you know what you essential daily tools are, but it can be another thing entirely to actually see what’s useful and what’s always on your person “just in case”. Hit the link for more tips on lightening your daily load, and share your own with us in the comments. Photo by Michael Josh Villanueva.

How to Reduce Your Tech Weight [Unplggd]


  • Another great use for your pocket notebook! 🙂

    I actually did this recently, when I bought a new (heavier) handbag and it became too heavy for my shoulder. Had a rethink about what items I *really* used at work, and pared back to about 10% of the makeup I was previously carrying, as well as removing some other ‘sometimes’ items like sunscreen and a tape measure. So much lighter now!

  • Another easy option is to do this the other way around: Instead of removing what you don’t need, you start empty and add what you DO need. So, at the start of (say) each month, you empty your backpack completely, and gradually add back whatever you need each day.

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