Working in this digital age means that you probably spend most of your time in front of a computer screen. We know that clutter is a real problem in offices, but we don’t often equate clutter to our digital life. The truth is, there is hidden clutter all over your computer! Here are this NYC Professional Office Organizer’s top four targets for organizing your computer which will improve your daily productivity.
Clear out the icons. Start with your desktop screen and remove all those icons that are no longer relevant. A cluttered screen is similar to a cluttered desk. If you need to quickly access specific icons from the desktop, create a folder to store these important start links rather than have them scattered across your screen. The other option is to put them in a specific area or zone on your desktop.
Follow through with updates. Have you ever seen a pop-up that asks you to update a program on your computer and just hit ignore? We’ve all done it, especially if you are in the middle of a task and don’t have time for an update that will restart your computer. But these updates are important, not only for optimal functioning of the tools you use every day, but especially if the updates are security related. So, make a note to run the update at a more opportune time.
Close those extra tabs. When you are in the midst of a project, you may open several tabs as you source information for a specific task. Then you move on to another project, but you don’t want to lose what you already have open so you leave the tabs as is ….one cluttered mass of information. Thankfully, there are browser extensions created to deal with this problem. OneTab can convert all of your tabs into a list, then you can open them again all together or individually. The list remains saved until you delete it. This not only reduces tab clutter but frees up valuable computer space.
Carefully choose your home page. When you open your browser window to find the answer to a question…what are you met with? What was supposed to be a quick internet search can turn into an hour-long reading session as you are quickly bombarded with political news, celebrity gossip, or the latest info on your favorite TV show. Carefully select what you see when you open your browser. Go simple and select your favorite search engine as your homepage. Or try a browser extension, like Momentum for Google Chrome. As you open a new tab, this extension shows you the time, a beautiful and inspiring image from around the world along with an inspirational quote, plus there’s room for you to add a couple of important reminders for yourself.
For more digital and office organizing strategies, reach out to your NYC Professional Office Organizer today!