I don’t even want to think about the excess of photographs that are clogging up my computer right now.
Even though I can sort of ignore them, they feel like clutter. I know they are there, and that I don’t need to keep them. Documents and apps, too.
We can get by with the excess, but at what cost?
It takes up digital space and makes it harder to find things.
If there’s limited structure, saving things to your computer is a little like throwing your clothes on the floor wherever you happen to be standing.
Eventually it adds up, and I’ve hit my limit.
Today, for day 16 of Simplify Your Life, I’m simplifying my computing life.
Two Main Strategies for Simplifying Your Computing Life
This mirrors organizing and simplifying physical things:
consolidate your email
use a password manager
delete contacts for people you don’t remember
set up a folder for items you need to process–and regularly process it!
sort your desktop or home screen to only feature your most commonly used apps and programs
If you’re shy about deleting stuff, move it to a flash drive or external hard drive. If you haven’t accessed it in 6 months to a year, you can feel more comfortable about deleting it for good.
Maintenance Plan for Computing Simplicity
minimize what you keep
regularly process your files
regularly eliminate unused or unneeded items
backup, backup, backup