Organise your Computer and your Life with this Ultimate Guide
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If you feel as though your computer just isn’t organised, then you will know how frustrating this can be. You may feel as though you cannot find anything and that it is impossible to access all of the file information you need. It can lead to time wasting and in my case – irritability! As we move into spring, perhaps as well as cleaning up your home, it’s a good time to sort out your digital life too. Here are some ideas:
Consolidate your Apps
It’s a good idea to take an inventory of the important apps that you need for your life. You may have several that you use on a day to day basis, and it can be useful to see if you can consolidate them all into one. Perhaps a more comprehensive one could replace three or four, so that you streamline things for yourself. Ask friends for recommendations and read through some reviews.
Delete what you don’t use Weekly
Just as you need to regularly declutter your home, the same is true for your screens. If you cannot remember the last time you used a particular app then get rid of it. If you cannot imagine a situation where you would use the app then again, delete it. If you know that you use the app on a regular basis but not weekly, then you may want to consider putting it in a folder as this will give you the chance to clear your desktop. Got apps you can’t delete? You may need a malware cleaner. You can find the best ones here.
Decide on File Naming
It is important for you to decide on how you are going to name your files. You may need to code each one with the date so that they can then be listed in order. You can then list the title as whatever it corresponds to. If you can do this, then you will soon find that things become much easier for you in the future. If you have files for recipes, then make sure that you put the word “recipe” at the end of each file name. This way, if your files happen to get moved, then you can search for a single keyword and find all of the files you need.
Focus on Subfolders
If you can, you have to try and keep all of the files on your computer on a cloud storage account. You also have to make sure that you have a fully organised system of subfolders and folders. Ideally, you will have some main folders, such as documents, art and recipes, etc. You then need to have subfolders, that are based on the files within. It is very easy to do this and although it may take a few minutes to get everything organised, you will soon find that when it is all sorted, you can easily stay on top of it all. It’s a bit like sorting out a filing cabinet – a horrible task to do, but so rewarding once completed!
Customise your Background
If you know that you need your desktop to be organised, then now may be the time for you to try and create a background for yourself. The great thing about creating your own background is that you can create a design with gridlines so that you can put your folders in a particular location. You can make it so that the left-hand side is full of things that you need for work and the other side is things that you may need for your day to day life.
Sort out Content
It can be very tempting for you to dump your files on your desktop whenever you are in a rush, but if you want to do something about this, then you need to put your apps in the right order, and you also need to adopt the right naming conventions too. You may have done this with your documents, but you now need to do it with any videos or photos that you have. If you can focus on media content, then your whole computer will be organised in no time.
Schedule a Cleaning Session
If you have a calendar that is packed with to-dos and reminders, you can easily try and schedule a cleaning session in there so that you can stop things from getting chaotic on your PC. Scheduling something like this once every week or even once every month will help you out and you’ll keep on top of your desktop from getting cluttered again.
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