Spring Clean Your IT
The sun is finally here and days are getting longer. The birds and the bees are buzzing. Spring is here! So how do we apply the ever-valuable spring cleaning to our Information Technology? Check out some simple tips to help you embrace the new season and keep your tech in tip top shape.
- Email – This is a big one as emails tend to build daily and can have a direct correlation on our mental clutter. Take some time to file and delete old emails. Once your inbox is manageable, consider implementing rules to automatically move emails from certain senders to folders or flag for follow up.
- Desktop & Electronic Files – Sometimes it’s easy for our desktop to become the ‘junk drawer’ of our computer. Loose files, shortcuts and folders seem to land there without really belonging there. Like the emails, this can cause mental clutter and should be addressed every so often to keep our systems, and brains, running smoothly. The easiest approach is often to just start at one corner of your desktop and work your way across the screen and down, deleting and filing items where they make sense. Once you feel good about this step, start looking at each folder you are dumping files into and make sure everything is tidy there. The more cleaned up and logical your folder can be, the easier it will be to find what you need.
- Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor & Phone – Outside of digital cleaning, there is great value in cleaning the technology we physically touch. The reality is spring follows cold season and we touch our tech daily. There are many great electronic cleaners out there so we recommend grabbing one and wiping down your keyboard.