Most of us have probably reached a point where our desktop looks a little something like this. Nothing is worse than trying to get something done with a cluttered desktop full of files upon files that require digging to unearth. A messy desktop impedes productivity and increases stress levels so today we have some tips for you to keep your collections of files totally manageable.
1. Keep your desktop clear
Although it may be tempting to keep files visible on your desktop to quickly access them, it ultimately leads to clutter. Utilize folders to keep individual files off your desktop and you’ll immediately feel lighter and more productive when you turn on your computer.
2. Have an efficient folder hierarchy
Keep your folder hierarchy simple and transparent. Keep parent folders for “Work” and “Personal” files and create a hierarchy of folders within them to avoid individual, rogue files floating around.
3. Accurately label your files
When you’re in a hurry it’s easy to leave files titled as “Untitled-1” or something equally nondescript, but you’ll save time and energy when looking for a specific file in the future by giving your them descriptive names.
4. Don’t procrastinate!
The easiest mistake to make is putting off organizing. Sort your files as soon as you create them and set aside an hour every week or two to round up any stragglers you miss during the week.
5. Take advantage of free resources
Free, online services like Dropbox and Google Drive can be useful to archive and organize files you aren’t actively working on. Pinterest is another great place to keep and sort all your favorite photos and inspiration.
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