The concept of spring cleaning isn't new - but the idea of using the same time to clean up and organize your computer and other technology is, though we don't often give it the same thought or effort. But leaving thousands of photos, old documents, and emails on our computers and phones can clog up our processing time, slowing down the device itself as well as the amount of time it takes us to find what we need. Let's use the motivation we have in the spring to do a bit of decluttering our technology!
Here are a few tips to get you started organizing your computer:
Dedicate 10 minutes each day to cleaning your desktop. Choose the time of day that works best for you - at the end of the day or first thing in the morning.
Keep only the folders you're using daily on your desktop. Folders that need to be kept for reference can be filed away elsewhere on your computer or an external hard drive or service like DropBox. If you don't need it - delete it!
Organize your bookmarks. Delete old, unused bookmarks and consider Pinterest for idea bookmarks you’ve been holding on to. Keep just what you're using so that you can find what you need easily.
Empty your trash. This can sometimes help your computer to run a bit faster, so consider doing this on a regular basis and not waiting for the automatic emptying (usually about once a month).
I guarantee that taking just these four simple steps will help you to feel more productive and save time when on the computer - the same benefits we see from our home and personal spring cleaning routines.
Until Next Time..