We often underestimate how important it is to de-clutter our space not just physically but also digitally.
A cluttered environment hinders our performance and de-cluttering helps clear our minds and boosts productivity. But there’s one aspect of clutter that usually gets overlooked – digital clutter. Digital clutter can slow down your computer’s performance which in turn slows down our performance. We store majority of the information on our computers and smartphones, and online these days which often lets our digital space become overwhelmed and disorganized, and it’s just as important to regularly clean it out in order to be productive.
- Clean out unnecessary email
How often do we find our inboxes flooded with hundreds of unnecessary invites, promotional newsletters and so on. An effective way of de-cluttering those annoying emails is by creating separate folders for the emails that are important and you want to keep. Secondly, unsubscribe from any promotional newsletters you are no longer interested in and use a spam filter to let your email server do the job.
- Clear your desktop
A cluttered desktops makes a computer run slower because it has to swap out information from operating memory to the hard drive every time a program is summoned. Some tips to clearing and organizing your desktop Delete duplicate files. Lessen the number of icons on your desktop. Some icons on your desktop are just shortcuts or they are icons you barely use. Create a folder for them, or if they are already a feature on the bottom of your screen, remove them.
- Remove old/unused software
Uninstalling programs frees up space on hard drive and helps improve your computers performance, simply deleting shortcuts doesn’t. Take time to go through your programs and uninstall all the unnecessary ones.
- Clean up your hard drive
Clutter in your hard drive can also cause your system to run slower, freeze, and even crash at times. Try to remove as much of that junk as possible. This includes files you don’t use anymore, duplicate files and folders, and images that are no longer necessary. Use software such as PC advisor to help you automatically clean out those files.