De-clutter your desk top and de-stress your life! 3 Helpful Tips to get you started.

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Its June. Yes – we’ve got half way through 2017 and if you didn’t commit to any new year’s resolutions, now is the time to start. You never know, your mid-year resolutions (yeah, it’s a thing – start them today) could mean the rest of the year is the best yet!

So, now seems like a better time than ever to rid your desktop of the ghosts of projects past. You know what I’m talking about – all those forgotten documents and miscellaneous screenshots that have been slowly taking over your screen for weeks and months, years even.

Hoarding files on your desktop not only makes it challenging to locate what you need when you need it, but it can also compromise the speed of your computer.

To help you keep your desktop tidy, we’ve come up with a few helpful tips. From creating a folder system to trying out a new desktop design, these suggestions are designed to help you re-discover yourself and stay productive in the process.

Tips for Keeping Your Computer’s Desktop Clean & Organised

1) Create a folder system. 

Be honest: How many files do you have on your desktop right now? 10? 20? 100? Have you lost count? If your desktop looks anything like the image above, you may want to start by moving everything into one folder to clear the air.

Once you have your folders created, you can begin to divvy up your files. How you choose to organise your folder system will be dependent on your specific role.

For example, I frequently write blog posts that contain a lot of visual examples. To simplify the process and keep a record of what I’ve included in the past, I’ve created two folders: Current Examples and Example Archive.

When I’m rounding up examples for a new post from the web, I drop them in the Current Examples folder. This way, I can easily locate them when I go to write the post. Once the post is prepped and scheduled, I move the images to the Example Archive folder to make room for my next post.

2) Big virtual storage Solutions

If you’re constantly dealing with managing and organising a lot of files, you may want to invest in an application like SharePoint, One Drive, Google Drive or even Dropbox to better manage your assets.

The drives mentioned above are all file hosting services that offer cloud storage and file synchronisation solutions. Users can create a folder on their computers that syncs with the service, making it easy to access the content no matter what device you’re using. Rather than dragging everything onto your desktop, simply store it in SharePoint, Google Drive or Dropbox where you can quickly and easily search for it whenever you need it.

You can also share folders with other users to create a central space for all of your shared files. This helps to prevent any bottlenecking that might occur when others are forced to wait on you to locate a specific file.

Clean desktop. Organised files. It’s a win-win for everyone.

3) Schedule a weekly or monthly cleaning.

As shown by the example above, it’s easy for your desktop to get kind of, well … scary.

To ensure that you’re keeping up with desktop maintenance on a regular basis, set a recurring event on your calendar to remind you to get rid of anything unnecessary. This can be a weekly or monthly event, depending on how much damage you typically do.

We also recommend scheduling this at the end of the day, as it serves as a great use of time when you’re starting to wrap up or lose focus.

 

We know that keeping your laptop or PC can be another annoying habit that you have to adopt. But, trust me – once you get into the routine – your life will become peachy. Worry less, stress less and become more efficient.

Here at Think Cirrus – we want you to have an easier life – so all the things we’ve mentioned, go without saying, we’ll set these up for you. Which means one less thing to think about. We bring the attention to detail to life.

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