If you make a living working on a desktop or laptop computer, Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana reminds you to reduce digital clutter.
Digital clutter clogs up your hard drive and can slow down your computer’s performance. An overflowing inbox can make it difficult to navigate and that messy desktop can add stress. All of this leads to less production and the increased possibility of eventual computer failure.
Correcting digital clutter is not difficult. BBB offers the following tips to reduce clutter and improve computer and personal performance:
- Clean up your hard drive. Clutter in your hard drive can have a negative impact on your system, causing it to run slower, freeze or even crash by clogging the system, forcing it to work harder than it should. Remember that you want to leave at least 10 percent of your drive capacity; more if possible. As your drive runs out of space or as the available space becomes scattered or cluttered, performance is negatively affected. To clean up a hard drive, search for Disk Cleanup from the taskbar and select it from the list of results. Under Files to delete, select the file types to get rid of then select “OK.” Keep in mind that deleting anything for the sake of a necessary cleanup requires you to act cautiously. If you are unsure about deleting something, leave it alone until you can get help. Be sure not delete anything unless you are sure of what you are deleting.
- Straighten up your computer “Desktop.” If it is messy, unorganized, and covered in unnecessary clutter, it can add stress to your life. Your digital desktop should be clean, organized with all folders clearly labeled. Wasted time and stress comes from disorganization, searching for files and images that should be easily accessible.
- Organize your email. You know you're a digital hoarder when your inbox has thousands of unread messages and the total messages reaches well into five figures. A clean inbox can be highly satisfying – but how can you stay on top of email when you're being bombard by hundreds every day? Create folders to sort your emails by category then periodically check and sort the messages. When you're working through you inbox, deal with each email then and there. If it's junk, delete it – and unsubscribe to all unwelcome newsletters. Read only what needs to be read and if it requires action, incorporate it into your to-do list.
- Get a folder system for commonly used files. If you haven't already set up a decent folder system on your computer, do it as soon as you can. No one wants to use Search every time you need to find a file. First, rename any folder called 'New Folder,' ones you have not named yet. Next, delete anything you don't need. Then set up a logical system that's convenient for you and anyone else (clients, studio members and so on) with access to your files. Once you've got a solid structure in place, make sure you use it.
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