Having too much digital clutter on your devices could be slowing you down. On top of causing your devices to run slower, this clutter could be making it harder to track down specific files. When it comes to devices that you use for work, this could be getting in the way of your productivity. Below are declutter tips on how you can declutter your devices to speed up your work.
As Ben Franklin once said, “Time is Money.” Saving time also equals saving money!
Declutter Tips for Devices
Uninstall Software That You Don’t Regularly Use
Uninstalling unused software can free up lots of space, which could be handy if you’re running low on disc space. It may also have other advantages too. If you’re paying for that software and you don’t use it regularly, canceling your subscription could be a chance to save some extra money each month.
Think about which software you really don’t use, and consider removing it. The same goes for unused applications on phones and tablets that clog your digital clutter.
Declutter Tips for Emails
If you use Gmail and you have thousands of emails you may get a notice that your space is almost full. Do not keep any unwanted emails and especially those with attachments as they take up a lot of space. I had to spend one whole day deleting files from my Gmail account. (or no new emails could be seen!)
It would have been easier to delete them daily so start deleting your emails on a daily basis to save you time in the future. You don’t want to miss any work orders in your emails.
Below is a how-to-video to help you delete multiple emails at once.
Declutter Your Downloads Folder
If you’re constantly downloading files as part of your work, it could be worth occasionally going through your downloads folder to get rid of files.
Some of these downloaded files could have huge file sizes and you may have no real use for them. This decluttering tip could help to free up a lot of disc space and digital clutter.
However, if you need to keep any of these files you could store them on a data stick. Be sure to label your data sticks if you have more than one.
Create Folder Systems That Minimize Scrolling
You shouldn’t have to scroll down for ages to find the right file. Make it easy to locate files by using folders and subfolders. Once folders contain so many files that you need to scroll down, consider creating new subfolders within them to help divide files up.
It’s up to you as to what folder system you use – an alphabetical system may be the easiest, or you may find a dating system is better (if you can easily recall the dates of specific files).
Declutter Tips for Your Photos and Videos
Photos and videos can take up a lot of storage space. Whether you’re keeping them on your hard drive or on a cloud server, it’s worth occasionally going through them to delete any unnecessary photos or videos.
Things like duplicate photos could be particularly worth getting rid of – this post offers a few ideas on how to get rid of these files easily.
Marketing, photography, and videography companies are more likely to accumulate these types of files. Don’t forget to check your photo files from social media sites, downloads, and collages.Photos and videos can take up a lot of storage space. Whether you’re keeping them on your hard drive or on a cloud server, it’s worth going through to delete any unnecessary ones. Click To Tweet
Declutter Devices Regularly Restart to Free Up RAM
It’s not just low disc space that can slow down your devices, but also low RAM. Random-access memory is used for storing temporary files which delete themselves every time you shut down and restart your computer.
If you constantly leave your computer on standby and never shut it down, you could find that your computer starts running out of RAM. Make sure that you’re periodically restarting your computer.
This won’t just help you to free up RAM, but could also ensure that updates are being installed on your computer so that your software is as secure as it can be. It will also free up disk space on your tablet or computer to run faster.
Digital Declutter Tips: Conclusion
By saving on your digital clutter you can save your business a lot of time and money. Digital clutter can really slow down your business processes. I hope these declutter tips will help you save time in your small business.
What other declutter tips can you add to save us time and money?