These days it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day running of your business and forget how important it is to organise yourself.
Top of the list for 2015 should be to reduce your digital clutter. Here are our top tips for reducing chaos so that you can give your business the best chance for success this year.
5 Digital Clean Up Tips
1. Organise Your Inbox
Make it a priority to sort out your inbox and set up a system to keep things organised. Instead of constantly checking your emails, set aside a regular time to work through your inbox. Deal with each email there and then and if it’s junk then delete it immediately. If you need to devote some time to reading the email – file it away in a ‘Read’ folder and if the email requires action then add this to your TO-DO list for the day.
2. Delete Unwanted Icons
Everybody needs a neat and tidy workspace to operate efficiently and just like your physical office desk, your computer desktop will be much easier to use if it’s neat and tidy. Delete any icons that you don’t need on your desktop to help you focus on the tasks that really do require your attention.
3. Remove Programs You Don’t Use
Once you’ve sorted out your desktop, then it’s time to remove all the unwanted apps from your desktop and your mobile devices. Apps are a major culprit in increasing digital clutter and they can really slow down your machines. Make sure your desktop and any other devices only include the essentials and make sure you organise everything you need into folders.
4. Clean Out Your Media Folders
If you have an overload of images, movies and music on your digital devices then it’s time to take action and remove these culprits. Get rid of anything you don’t use and remember to go through your libraries, carefully filing all the media you want to keep. Note: If you’re not ready to keep these digital files to a minimum then it’s worth remembering that streaming can be a far more storage-friendly way to enjoy your music and movies.
5. Don’t Just Rely On Your Hard Drive
A final word of recommendation – don’t just stick anything you don’t want onto a hard drive. Remember, the more you store away the harder it will be to find it and if you don’t need the file on any of your devices then you have to ask yourself whether you need it at all.