If you’ve heard of Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” and her more recent show on Netflix you’ll know she has ascended as a cultural force, guiding millions of people through simplifying their attachment to possessions and getting rid of many of the unexamined objects that make up the clutter of daily life. It may seem like common sense, but digital spaces accumulate clutter just like physical spaces – the pile of miscellaneous papers on your desk at home or work is not so different from the array of files and folders taking up space on the desktop of your computer.
We tend to ignore the digital mess because it doesn’t take up physical space as a drawer full of junk does, but having clutter on your devices can affect your productivity and your peace of mind. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to address the problem, and soon you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, less stressful digital life.
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Tidy Up your Hard Disk
Over time, hard disks fill up – but it can be difficult to tell what’s actually on the disk, let alone what’s important. Thankfully, there are a few utilities that can take a look at your disk usage and display in a useful way what programs and files are taking up how much space. You can use programs like WinDirStat on Windows and Disk Inventory X on MacOS to review your files and get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy”. It’s also a good idea to regularly clean up transient spaces on your device, such as your Downloads folder. It’s easy to forget about something like a PDF flyer you downloaded a month ago, and those can add up over time. Keeping these spaces clear and emptying them regularly ensures that you can always find what you need.
Track down old accounts
Most things on the internet today require you create an account or provide some sort of personal information, whether it be to access a certain promotion or just access content on a site. In the age of data breaches, it can be daunting to think about what sites may have your personal information. Sites like deseat.me allow you to easily track down old accounts, request deletion, and feel more in control of your online presence.
Unsubscribe from unhelpful websites (Obviously other than ours)
Over time we sign up for a lot of online services and it’s best to stop thinking “I may need these deals/this newsletter later!”, you usually won’t. Most newsletters are just trying to sell you something and don’t come with any real advice or value like you reading here. The best newsletters to unsubscribe from are online shopping deals. They’re constant and clog up your inbox making your life a little worse every day! Take Marie Kondo’s advice and if it doesn’t bring you joy, let it go.
And the rest…
- Defriending on Facebook will give you just the stuff that matters on your newsfeed, so you spend less time on the site but still see what your friends and family are up to. Go through your friends list and likes pages and start defriending/unfollowing.
- Streamline your browser window by cleaning out your bookmarks.
- Just like a clean desk helps you focus and be productive, so does a clean desktop. Clean up the folders and files on your desktop — get rid of app shortcuts you don’t use
- Go through all your documents and delete any that you no longer need
- Resist the “just in case” syndrome — do you really need those old essays, or those notes from now obsolete projects? Didn’t think so.
- If you have a lot of files and/or feel overwhelmed, organize them by date and start with the oldest documents. Break the process down into chunks so you don’t get worn out.
If you would like help implementing any of these changes at your computer you can always bring it to us here at My Tech Guys or book one of our friendly techs to come out on site, and show you how to do it yourself going forward!
Give us a call on 250-890-1065 and can get started together.