Did you know that the 2nd Monday in February is National Clean Out Your Computer Day? As a result, I want to pass along 5 things you should do to honor this day AND your computer! If you’re anything like me, everything is stored in there (important documents, memorabilia, photos, contacts, etc.) so let’s show it the respect it deserves!
Before we start, I want you to think about a few things…
• are you aggravated because your computer is running slowly?
• what would happen if your computer died right now? Did you do a backup yesterday?
• how many hours do you waste every day, week, month and year looking for files on your computer because they’re not properly labelled?
The good news is that you don’t have to do all 5 steps in one day. Just estimate how long you think each of steps will take you and schedule time on your calendar to get them done. Believe me…the time investment will be well worth it!
Here are my suggestions…
- You can start today by taking a few minutes to physically clean your computer, keyboard & mouse using canned air and appropriate cleaning materials & tools.
- Delete any applications/programs that you’re not using because they take up space. Here’s a tip: If you’re not sure what something does, find out before you delete it— or you could wind up accidentally removing something that you shouldn’t have.
- Download & install software updates that you’ve put off. This could take a while so plan accordingly.
- Let’s talk backups. Experts say that your data should be backed up at least once every 24 hours and ideally to two separate places (1 external hard drive and 1 cloud backup service). So if you don’t have a system already, use this holiday to put one in place. Conversely, If you already do daily backups, take time to review and make sure you’re happy with them.
- Last but not least, let’s talk about the data/information in your computer. If you’re having trouble finding electronic files, I want you to think about all the time you’re wasting searching for them. Instead of wasting time, be proactive and instead, invest your time in reviewing your current folder/file names. Create new ones or tweak names so your info is easier to find. Delete files/folders you no longer need and when you’re all done, don’t forget to empty your recycle bin!
I hope these tips helped you and remember… when you’re organized, everything you need is… At Your Fingertips!
“I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete’.” ~ Blayne Boosler ~
Brenda Tringali, HR, Organizing & Productivity Specialist
At YourFingertips Organizing (www.AtYourFingertipsOrganizing.com)
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