Online Afterlife: What End of Life Planning Do I Need for My Online Afterlife?
Online Afterlife. Are You Prepared?
Does your family or power of attorney know where to find your passwords? Have you thought about what you’d like to happen to your social media when you transition to the next adventure? Who would you like to have your music, photographs, audio books, etc.? Learn how to prepare for your online afterlife.
- Create a list of your digital assets
- Contemplate what you’d like to do with your social media, music, data, business and personal accounts
- Write a document with all of your digital assets that include pertinent information like passwords.
- Designate a person to be in charge of your digital afterlife
- Add your digital afterlife list to your estate planning documents
To learn how Julie can help you prepare your online afterlife:
Certified life coach, author & award-winning professional life organizer Julie Coraccio shares steps and tips to support you in creating the life you choose, deserve and desire through decluttering your life, end of life planning, mindfulness and how to organize your life.
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TRANSCRIPT ONLINE AFTERLIFE
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Today on clear your clutter inside and out. We’re talking about your digital afterlife. Does your family or power of attorney know where to find your passwords? Have you ever thought about what you’d like to happen to your social media? When you transition to the next adventure? Who would you like to have your music? photographs, audiobooks, etc. Learn how to prepare for your digital afterlife as we continue our month focusing on going with grace. Do you control your clutter? Or does your clutter control you? unclear your clutter inside and out. We’ll teach you awareness as well as action steps to create change in your life. Come on. Let’s get started. Today’s episode was inspired because this year turning 50. And I don’t know if others have experienced this, but more people my age have died unexpectedly or someone I know they were working on something, had a heart attack at their home desk and die right down in there. I had another friend, too as my age who died unexpectedly. And their social media stuff is still up. They obviously didn’t plan for it, perhaps something the family didn’t think of. And it just is kind of there. And some people might be okay with that. Others might not, especially if your stuff is private. My stuff is public because I figured that there are some hacker out there who can get into it no matter what. And so I thought, yeah, as long as my guideline is, it’s okay with being printed on the front of the New York Times. Then we’re good to go. So I just keep everything public. Because it just doesn’t make sense to me to hide stuff. So anyway. But more and more of social media, where I hope we are on the pendulum is starting to shift back to not being on social media so much. But anyway, that’s kind of where we are. When we went with my parents, my father’s great, he has no social media. My mom has a Facebook page, which loving mom, but she does she say, How do I post a picture? So she’s not super adept at Facebook, but she still needs to make a choice. What does she desire us to do? And so that was one of the questions when we met with the attorney account. My father, what do you want? How about your online accounts? passwords, you made a document for us for that. Most people these days will have something that is digital or online. It’s just a reality might not be on social media. If you have elderly parents, there is a decent chance. And with our age and everyone below, they’re going to have something that’s online. As with the other episodes this month, this is by no means a comprehensive list. I couldn’t get everything that needs to be in one podcasts episode. So the goal here is to get you started and get you thinking get you ask some questions, and really thinking and making decisions about your online afterlife. Making a list, checking it twice. What are your online assets? Have you really taken the time to sit down and think about it? Because you might think, Oh, I really don’t have a lot. You might have bank, online banking. I know when I joined the credit union 12 years ago. They said, Hey, we can send your paper statements, but you’ll pay $2 per statement. And I’m like, no way. am I paying $24 a year for paper statements? So now with the credit union, all our online is banking. And I have to admit, I still, there’s some things that I could upgrade and do online. I’m not quite there yet. Because with all these hackers and everything, it makes me nervous. But the reality is I have stuff online. What about insurance? I know when we were getting home insurance, and we had to purchase to get our loan, how to purchase home insurance for our new house for an entire year. So Tony has USA because he was in the military. All that was done online. Now that’s support obviously you get questions and could call that our insurance is now for the most part online, auto life, all of that. What are your online assets?
What other accounts? Do you have online utilities. I know that utility is trying to get us to do everything online. I’m not there yet. That goes again with my fear of what if you get hacked, you have all this information that you have to provide. We are going to get solar, the 30% credit ends this year. And we’ve talked a lot about it with some other credits we’re going for Well, they have a really cool groovy little online app and that might haven’t found this out yet might force us to do our electric and have all of that online because we’ll be giving power back and I am using that when it’s dark at night. And so anyway, all that is probably removed online for us. How about subscriptions? What do you subscribe to this online? Maybe you have a magazine. I subscribe to Vanity Fair for a while I need to re subscribe cuz they really great articles. I really like But they have an online subscription. They have an online portal. How about your library, recently moved to small town have a great library. And if I want to book I do all of that online. I say, hey, when the books in text me, don’t email me, call me text me, let me know. So think about it. I mean, there’s so many things I remember, I saw a library card, it’s all electronic. Now remember the kid getting a library card? But there seems to be just this continual shift. I don’t see everything I think I see hopefully, the pendulum swing with social media. But things I think we’re gonna get more and more online. So start writing down all of those accounts, brainstorm on that leads me right into social media. What are all your accounts, and if you’re like me, you might have a professional and a personal account. You may have many there is have found with social media, I’m doing a better job of being on less online. I have to be for business. So I was thinking, like Facebook, which I’m on a fair amount, also use something called Hootsuite. So I can get out post Monday through Saturday. And plan that way, because I just don’t have the time to do a spontaneous new post every day. I try to do that once in a while in orange, or like, for instance, when I’m quoted in an article, okay, here, boom. And I’ll share that day. But I have to make sure that content is constantly out there. So I have Facebook. I have Twitter. I have YouTube. I have Instagram. I’m on Google. And actually I have two accounts on Google though, you know, they tagged up. Isn’t this awful? I can’t even think of it. They Google. It wasn’t a success of Google took it away, whatever the Google social media experiment that Was I was on that, but I have my own business healing organization I have account and reawaken your brilliance under that as Google, I’m on LinkedIn. And I’m on Tumblr, not on Tumblr that much. I believe I posted something that maybe post on my podcast comes out. And I’m probably forgetting something on this list. I’m more active on some of these things. And other I mean, you could spend your entire life on social media like I’m not on Snapchat. I’m trying to think what the other thing that for instance, is my niece said to me, You can post the hockey picture of us on Facebook because that’s not popular, but you’re not allowed to post on Instagram. So apparently, as I’ve been told by my other niece, that old people are on Facebook. Thank you, Claire, and Emma. But all those accounts, what are you going to want to do with them? Do you want to make a memorial account? Do you want them close? How do you want to help? do all that. When you prepare for death, you can live your life fully. Where’s all that information to your online assets? And would people know how to find it? What do you want people to remember about you? If you were to die suddenly, who would take care of your pets? Julie Coraccio can support you in end of life planning and organization. Visit reawaken your brilliance calm to learn more business. Maybe you own a big old business, or you’re an entrepreneur or solopreneur. Or perhaps you’re a blogger. What do you have for business? website? videos, email, apps, desktop memory cards. What are all the online
portals that you have, what are all the What’s all the equipment that you have to maintain everything that you’re doing online? Something will need to be done with that you’ll need to make decisions. Now I know my business, I usually pay for my website, do a two year plan. Yeah, those options, but someone is going to have to deal with that and take that. Over when you pass, what are your plans for that? Who do you want to do that because you might want someone else is dealing with your business stuff, and have someone completely a different power of attorney or someone in charge of your personal social media or your personal blog. So that’s something that you’re going to want to think about and differentiate who is going to cover all that. And again, I would be really clear, the more clear you are, the easier it is. For the people that are left behind to deal with things, I have heard horror stories when people don’t have things done Aretha Franklin, as I wrote this did not have a will. Her state has still not been settled. I’m reading that they found a written will on the couch. Which when you think about she had what was it? I read hundreds of thousands I believe the fear was of caches of checks, not cash about you, but I wouldn’t leave hundreds of thousands of checks on cash. Someone is not contesting her will. And maybe one of her kids dunk was just amino meanie. And they might get that they might get funds that that was not her intention. I would encourage you to be very clear. And I’m going to share one little thing that just popped in my head just because I love this. There was Keanu Reeves on Stephen Colbert and if you didn’t see this, they were promoting his movie john wick three which I Which I’m not a huge fan of violence, but you know, hey, it’s Keanu Reeves anyway. Steven kobir ASIMO Kiana, what do you think what happens when someone dies? And he said, I thought this was so wonderful and so profound. I believe that people who loves us miss us. So I just wanted to share that lovely thought I know as we talk about our next great adventure, transitioning, dying can always be an easy conversation have and I really hope that by doing this whole month focusing on this, that it is going to support people and becoming more comfortable. With this becoming more comfortable that we will leave this physical body at some point. Don’t forget data, including files and documents, because it’s online on your computer. Now you might have something like a cloud backup or Again, with computers, even though it’s online, whatever tools we’re utilizing, for that information, your internet provider, I don’t want to keep on paying spectrum. If I’m no longer using it, I’d rather my nieces or an animal rescue or my nephew, get that reward rewards program. Maybe you can transfer those. Any cloud backups in business and personal, you probably have email, right? What do you want with all those correspondence they might have? I know I try to do a really good job of going through my email periodically. I have three emails and watching now for the volunteer group that I work with AWS for life in North Carolina. They have a Gmail account, and they do everything. Google Docs, blah, blah, blah, which is great. I really didn’t use that well, because I have Google Voice. It’s set up with Gmail and I never checked it. I do everything on my phone. I keep that up to date. And I open up Gmail. I’m like 12,000 notifications. No way. I’m gonna clear all that. And I just didn’t realize that everything that was on Google voice was repeating on on Gmail, and I don’t know why it’s not connected. So I just shared with email, what do you want to have happen to that? What about online communities? Maybe you have shared intimate information. I know in some of the groups online, people have shared what I consider to be very personal information, perhaps if they when they go, they don’t want that information share. So if there’s a way to delete all that, those are some things you’ll want to think about. What about your games, movies and music? If you paid for that, wouldn’t you like someone to have that?
You may have rewards or like I mentioned a moment ago library or subscriptions A lot of that information online. And I encourage you again, remember, can someone handle both personal and professional? Or do you need to have separate people making decisions and reviewing that. And finally, you’ll want to think about all items you use to access your digital stuff. Hardware, such as cell phones, backup drives, I’m about to venture into a backup drive. Let’s hope that it works, tablets and computers, all the ways that you use to access your digital information. Now, I’m going to encourage you to make a master list. I love lists. I don’t know what I would do with that list. But including that list and I would, again, a Word or Excel document, have categories make it easy on the person, how to access the information. For example, You’re going to need logins or passwords. If you have gotten a tool such as LastPass, and have one major password and it connects with everything that’ll make it easier, but
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give the login have the link, so boom, they can log in right
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away. make it as easy on people as possible. Because remember, you’re gone. You’re not around in physical form anymore, and they will be heartbroken. So allow them, give them the gift of allowing them to grieve. Take the time to contemplate about what you really like done with all your accounts, especially really public items like social media. And as you’re thinking about that, do you want an online Memorial, something like legacy calm, maybe you would like to share with people, some ideas that are really important for you. And that way, not only People that you’re close with, but others might be able to access that. Who do you want to be in charge? As I’ve mentioned, you may have someone handling your digital footprint that’s separate from the person who’s in charge of your state. Because there might be decisions that has to be made when you’re gone. I really encourage you to take the time figure out your online afterlife. And it’s really good information for you while you’re still alive to have having easy access to logins. Because, you know, God forbid that someone attacks your computer I got this thing I guess they targeted. I’m thinking, you know, really, I’m who you want to target. I think you’d want to target someone with big bucks, but hey, I’m not a criminal. So I don’t know. They claimed to have pictures of me doing something that I would not want to be made public and I kind of cracked And like Well first of all, you’re my spam file it’s one of those things they have held people hostage and have threatened to do it and I really was like okay, hey, release it you know maybe I’ll get some more fans but I’m like I’m not paying you $1,000 whatever it was so anyway, they target people but they could potentially harm your computer if you have a list of your login your password, I know a Mac they have key chain but you know, I’m not opposed to key chain can be okay. I think in addition to key chain, having a list is nice to have website login, password, boom, all the information you need to right there. So if perhaps you can’t access something online and you need to go to another computer, you have all the information you need. So I’m a huge fan of your printed out if you’d like and have a paper copy, keep it with all of your estate documents. I think that that’s a really good idea or an estate planning folder. That is not online, it’s just under computer they can easily access. I’m a huge fan of that. Take action from today’s podcast. Create a list of your digital assets. contemplate what you’d like to do with your social media, music, data, business and personal accounts. Write a document with all of your digital assets that include pertinent information, like logins and passwords. Designate a person to be in charge of your digital afterlife. Add your online information list to your estate planning documents. On our next episode, we’re talking about Maker’s Mark Go out. Clear your clutter to create the life you choose deserve and desire. When you clear your clutter, you can share your gifts with the world. Sign up for our free newsletter at reawaken your brilliance calm. If you’ve enjoyed clear your clutter inside now, please rate review and share us
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