For many, the start of a new year is an ideal time to set new goals. Is being more organized on your list of resolutions for 2021? Your digital life is an aspect that you should take into account and a “cleaning” can help you to be more productive.

Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to keep everything organized and, when you find yourself, you have a vast number of files and documents, as well as programs or applications, that you no longer need. In addition, the situation ends up having a negative impact on the performance of your equipment.

It is true that the whole process can seem like a Herculean task, in particular, if your organizational habits are not the best. But, to guide you, we have put together some useful advice, also remembering that you should take a phased approach, taking small steps, so you don’t lose motivation.

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1 – Organize your computer in a simple way

Do you usually leave your files and documents on the desktop so you don’t lose sight of them? The practice can prove to be less productive than expected, giving rise to a completely disorganized desktop.

To start ordering the “chaos”, go to the Desktop section of the Windows File Explorer, or the Finder if you have a computer with Apple’s operating system. From there, you can check, for example, the date of modification of the files in question, something that will help you decide whether or not to go to the recycling bin.

After cleaning the unnecessary elements, it is time to organize the remaining ones into folders. Whether by content or by year: the important thing here is to find a form of classification that is simple and that you can maintain without much effort.

Keeping an eye on your computer’s storage is also important and, at How to TEK, we have already helped you quickly eliminate programs you don’t need, as well as clearing the browser data that “weighs” in the device’s memory.

As you progress through the cleaning process, you may notice that “virtual waste” starts to pile up quickly, something that can result in slower performance on your computer. However, you can configure the recycling box to perform an automatic cleaning and even program it to permanently delete files as soon as you press the “Delete” button.

2 – The mobile world also needs cleaning

The space available on your smartphone or tablet is not infinite and there are some steps you can take to manage it more efficiently, such as installing the Google Files Go app if you have an Android device.

You can also take the opportunity to bet on a “digital detox”, focusing on apps that make you stressed, do not respect your privacy or are not worth the money you pay for them.

If you prefer, you can create different folders to keep all your applications organized. Whether you have a device with the Android or iOS operating system, the process is simple and you only need to drag the icon of one app on top of another. From there, you can add more apps to the folder and change its name.

Transferring your photos and videos to the Cloud is also a way to save the space you have on your device. But be careful: if you use Google Photos, remember that as of June 1, 2021, all new uploads will count towards the 15 GB of free storage shared by the other storage services provided by the company. Are you worried about the eventual destination of your photos and videos? We have a How To TEK that can help you.

3 – Don’t let chaos reign in email and the Cloud

E-mail is an indispensable tool for many, but, over time, correspondence begins to “weigh in”, especially if you receive many messages with attachments Eliminating unnecessary emails one by one is a time-consuming and unproductive process, if you use Gmail, you can follow our advice for faster and more efficient cleaning.

In your demand for organization, you should not neglect storage services in the Cloud, such as Google Drive or OneDrive, where, over time, a collection of files accumulates that will lose their importance. Finding files that take up too much space is easier than it looks and can help you avoid the well-known warnings that you’re already “stepping on the edge”, in addition to situations where you’re trying to get rid of files quickly and that can lead to accidental deletion of important files.

At How To TeK we want to help all readers with simple (but seemingly complex) tasks when using computers and mobile phones. If you have any suggestions for tricks you want to see clarified, send an email to [email protected]

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