It is National Clean Out Your Computer Day after all. I’ve been digitally cleaning my computer since January 2nd, lol. Part of my “smaller” goals for the year.
Speaking of goals–one of which was to write. And I have been–either here on the blog, or journaling, but lately, in the form of letter writing. I miss getting snail mail and have discovered that is just as much fun to send snail mail! Back to Cleaning out Your Computer Day…
For me, it involves cleaning out and organizing folders, bookmarks, program files, emails, etc. Sound overwhelming? It is a tad bit at first and can manipulate much of your day in the early stages. However, it is very much worth the effort as I’ve found my computer runs better nd it has helped me become more organized in other areas of my life! If this is new to you, start small.
“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” ~ Anonymous
Where to begin? Where I began: Bookmarks bar and email. The rest sort of evolved from there.
I’ve organized my bookmarks into several categories that fit my needs but in the very beginning I created two book mark files:
Morning Coffee-these are the sites that I like to visit daily or weekly to see what’s new in the areas I’m interested from business sites to blogs (perhaps even yours!) that I like to follow. I, um, have Go Comics in there as well. 🙂
Side note: I’ve since created a ‘Morning Coffee’ file for my Google Drive Folders and my Evernote app. When I was attending school online I created a bookmark file for each class so that when I came across a site (usually accidental) that would be beneficial to homework or a paper for a particular class I could save it to that class folder for easy access.
To Review -these are the websites I’ve stumbled over, gotten momentarily distracted by, or want to learn more about).
I use Google Chrome on all my devices so I can save the sites I wish to save to the appropriate bookmarked folders as well as access whether I am using my computer, tablet or phone. If I know it will be a temporary site or one I use a lot, (weather, relaxation break, etc.) I also use Chrome’s Bookmark Manager add-on (Mozilla, IE )
I have tried every app (well, maybe not every but many) to help keep my inbox clean and the two that have actually made the difference over the long haul are:
Gmail’s Inbox – allows me to swipe to trash or resend at a later time on my mobile device( my two favorite features) and SO. Much. More.
Unroll.me-which offers me the option of adding all those alerts, newsletters, and misc. emails to one email. All the newsletters that I thought I had unsubscribed from but still sh ow up in my inbox are now taken care of and my inbox is EMPTY every night! I LOVE, L-O-V-E LOVE! it! I keep any bill or personal correspondance seperate, it arrives as it is sent, and every night I recieve an email with a list and preview of that days newsletters/misc emails. When a new subscribtion is noticed I have the option of opening my dashboard with one of 3 options: Add to roll up. Unsubscribe. Add to rollup.
“The BEST way to get something done: Begin.” ~Anonymous
Well, I’m off to delete old files, programs I no longer need or use, clean up my bookmarks, empty my downlaoads folder, and run a diagnostics check. How are you celebrating National Clean Your Computer Day and what computer organizational tips do you have–I’d love to discover a new tool, app, or way of saving time.
Some other apps that I find helpful for organizing:
OneTab for when I have many tabs open and need to walk away from the computer but am not necessarily done with each tab. It works as a bookmark page for your tabs.
Google Keep– I use it for quick appt reminders, grocery lists, to-do lists, books/movies I want to see (like when you are watching oodles of previews before a movie), an image I find, random thoughts and ideas, and too many others to list. I can color code them, tag them for easy access, share them, set reminders, archive, …it’s a very useful app to me.