There’s a lot of your life that probably revolves around your computer, or at least your main computing system, whether it be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or even mobile phone. Business matters, personal information and data, entertainment, scheduling – it’s all locked into that central concept of the PC.
So, when your PC gets disorganized, that means your life can quickly follow into that realm of chaos. You start forgetting things, losing things, getting frustrated because of errors or slow loading times through web browsers. It’s a good thing there are steps you can take to keep organized then! Consider the five following tips below to head off the potential consequences of disorganization.
Tune It Up Regularly
By performing regular tune-ups on your main computer, you’re doing the sort of preventative maintenance that will keep you from getting frustrated in the first place. Some of the earliest and most frustrating signs of disorganization occur when you start to feel everything slow down further and further. There are lots of possible reasons for this, but regular tune-ups are the best way to stop slowdowns in their tracks.
Keep a Clean Desktop
If you’re like most people, you don’t think about keeping a clean primary screen desktop until it’s too late. What was initially just the symbol of a main hard drive has grown to be dozens of files, folders, and shortcuts on your screen, many of which end up with anonymous, non-descriptive names like ‘images’ or ‘files.’ Once that desktop gets cluttered, it can take hours to clean it all up again, so the tip to stay organized with respect to that is to do a daily check on desktop items to put everything away properly.
Use Cloud Storage
Using cloud storage is another great tool to stay organized. If you set up Dropbox or an equivalent application, as soon as you put anything into those folders, they’ll automatically show up on all of your other devices. This is one of the best ways to make sure important photos, documents, and even business files are always wherever you need them.
Have a System for Cables and Hard Drives
Physically outside of your PC setup, but still a vital part of your organization scheme, is going to be how well you take care of external stuff like hard drives and cables. Without some sort of process of storage and separation, you very quickly won’t be able to find what you’re looking for, or how to plug it in, or what adapter went to which device.
Stay Awake From Shady Websites
And finally, if you want to maintain an organized computer presence, stay away from shady websites that try to get you to install things, or have millions of popup ads, or redirect you all over the place without you knowing why. Code from these sites can quickly infect your PC and affect your ability to function efficiently.