Much like “Clean off your desk day” back on January 11, I think you should be cleaning out your computer more than one time a year- but if you can do it at least once that is better than nothing!
February 8 is Clean out Your Computer Day!
Here are a few tips to help you with this task:
- While it says ‘computer’ you may want to consider organizing and de-cluttering all of your devices today.
- Take a moment to read our other post on this topic: Stop the App Insanity.
- Start with your desktop screen and delete any icons you aren’t using. Re-order the icons into groups, or how you use them.
- If you aren’t using file folders to organize your files- start today. Decide how you would like to layer your files.
- I start with one major folder (ex: BLOG)
- Then create sub-folders to that first topic (ex: blog posts, advertisers, checklists, blog pictures)
- Then in each of those sub folders I enter the specific file that relates to that topic.(ex: under Blog>Blog posts> I would enter each blog post I create.)
- Be careful not to make too many layers in your file folders or you will get lost. Also be sure to name things with the first thing that pops in to your mind, as that is what will make the most sense later.
- If the concept of organizing hundreds of files is overwhelming, just start today and move forward. You don’t always have to organize the old stuff- what’s important is to organize from now forward. Create your main categories and start using them today. And when you come across a file/folder you don’t need- delete it!
- Email- how many emails do you have in your inbox? (comment below.)
- Take 10-15 minutes and delete any emails you can. Be brutal and honest. Your inbox is NOT a filing system. You can use file folders, the sent folder or many other options.
- After you delete what you can, take 10-15 minutes and respond to any emails that you can. (Remember for future emails, that you should respond to as many as you can when you receive them, if they will take 2 minutes or less to respond to.)
- Now look at what you have left. Consider clearing your entire inbox to a folder and starting fresh. Then create a limit to how many emails you will keep in your inbox for the future. There are some people who strive for inbox zero- but I personally try to keep it 50 or less.
- Photos are much like your files- you want to create folders and then store the photos in sub folders. You can choose to do this by year (2016>Janaury, 2016>February, etc) or you can do it by topic (Family, Friends, Pets, etc.) Organizing photos is often a larger task, but if you at least start by creating the folders that will help. Also delete any that you can (duplicates, blurry, poor shot, etc.)