These days most of us have computers at home or at least intelligent cell phones which are pretty much a computer on your pocket. We have home the same issues we have in the office with digital clutter. Digital clutter is distracting, some people have an account on every single social media they know of and to keep up with all those accounts they need time.
This means that the joy of the social media experience is not met and what is worst is taking away time from creating experiences with the real people around. Having too many apps on the phone, along with too many pictures lead to running out of space on their phones, which means the need to upgrade to a newer model with more memory that soon will have to upgrade again. The same happens with the home computer.
The idea about social media and technology is to use it to enjoy and facilitate our lives not to act against us. I listed before some things to deal with digital clutter at the office, those can also be used at home along with these other ideas:
1. Email account – I have a couple of friends that have way over a thousand emails on their personal Inbox, which is crazy. If this is your case as well, you have to do the following: get rid of those subscriptions, unsubscribe from newsletters and ads that you are not interested anymore and make a routine to read your emails daily or at least weekly; do not let them accumulate. Another thing to look at on your email account is your contacts, avoid duplicates. Sometimes we have the person saved as two different contacts, one with the phone number and another with the email address. Some emails apps will identify the duplicates for you and will ask if you want to combine or delete if you have it use It.
2. Desktop – Do not clutter your desktop with shortcuts for every application, program or document you have, it will not help to be more efficient. Keep shortcuts just for those application or programs that you use very often and folders for your documents. Keep in mind that the more folders you have on your desktop the slower the computer will be at start-up.
3. Documents – Be smart about those folders that I told you to create, use a logic name related to the documents you keep inside. If you have thousands of pictures and or lots of documents, consider keeping some or all on a cloud service. The rule to use the cloud is the same, do not create too many folders, keep them organize and delete duplicate or no needed files.
4. Programs or applications – Sometimes we experiment with different applications searching for the right one but when we finally find the perfect app, we do not go back to uninstall the old ones. Uninstalling old programs or application will free up space on the hard drive. While checking for unused apps, check also for drivers, digital manuals and apps from old devices no longer in use and uninstall or delete those as well.
5. Media (Pictures/Music/Videos) – The good thing about digital, is that you can keep all the photos, music, books, videos and movies that you want. That is also the bad thing about digital media. One thing to avoid is to keep duplicates, like five versions of the same song. Sometimes we shoot fifty photographs of the same scene to choose one, we don’t need to keep all fifty of them, delete the bad ones to free up tons of space on your disk. To facilitate the filing process, create the folder, choose the keepers and delete the others right after uploading the pictures from the camera.
6. Internet browser – Your internet browser can be your best friend or not, it takes some time but you can manage to have a browser that will help you to enjoy your time and fight clutter. Let’s start with the bookmarks and reading lists. As with everything else, delete those that are no longer needed and then create a folder system for what you need. Un-subscribe from blogs that you are not interested anymore. Cookies and temporary internet files accumulate over time and create space and speed issues on your computer. Learn how to delete them and do it every once in a while, this needs to be part of the computer preventive maintenance.
After uninstalling programs and applications and deleting documents, pictures and others a final step is to clean up your disc. Learn how to analyze, clean up and complete defragmentation on your computer, this is another way to free up some space and keep your computer healthy. Keep your computer and phone clutter free and enjoy!