Tidying Your Computer: How to Keep Your Digital Space Organised
There comes a time when your once fast and pristine computer becomes a little bit rusty, and while nothing is broken, it becomes quite tedious to do any work on it. Of course on some occasions this means that you should finally upgrade your hardware but more often than not you can make your beloved laptop feel new again with some extra care. After all, you clean everything else in your home and your devices should be no exception.
I’m one of these people who finds it very hard to focus and concentrate on my work until all my surroundings feel organised – and that includes my laptop and smartphone. I don’t like to be reminded that I’m running low on space or to find myself unable to find anything on my very messy desktop.
Furthermore, apart from disturbing our aesthetic sense, cluttered devices become slower and less reliable which is a real issue when we have to use them for work or simply want them around to keep in touch with our friends and family. We’ll go over a simple checklist that will help you with computer maintenance.
- Have you tried turning it off and on again?
I know, I know. This might seem like a cop-out but it’s a good thing to do from time to time (just be sure to save everything that you need before proceeding). If you’re a desktop PC owner you probably turn off your computer after each use, however us – laptop users have become a little bit lazy (I am certainly guilty of this) and leave it on for days.
So why is it good to give your device a rest? Amongst many other things – extended lifespan (it will not wear out as quickly if you don’t use it 24/7 all year round); better performance (it will free up some space as turning your computer off shuts down background programs); savings (less energy wasted on your device when you’re not actually using it).
Along the same lines, restarting your device can make your computer run smoother as it flushes RAM (Random Access Memory which handles short-term tasks and possibly making your device a little slow), fixes your internet connection (by reloading the Wi-Fi tool for instance), and gets rid of annoying bugs that otherwise might make your systems’ processors overloaded.
- Take a look at your Task Manager
Another solution to unnecessary programs running in the background and slowing down your work is to open up Task Manager and use the “end task” function on these programs that you know aren’t vital right now. Don’t touch anything that you’re uncertain of but feel free to close Google Chrome, Spotify, or Netflix if you know you won’t be using them for a little while anyway. This will only take a couple of minutes of your time, but it might drastically speed up your computer’s performance.
- “Throw out” unused programs
Just like we still might have some clothes in our wardrobes that we don’t wear anymore we also hold onto some software that we no longer need. Periodically going through the list of programs installed on your computer is an excellent way to free up some space. I guarantee that there are at least a few programs that you have no use for now and you won’t regret getting rid of.
- Back up your files
From time to time I like to reminisce and look at all the photos I took over the years. But just like their physical counterparts digital photos take up your precious space…and additionally slow down your device. While you could potentially delete some of them there are better solutions that don’t require you to say goodbye to your favourite digital memories forever.
Firstly, you could make use of platforms like Dropbox or OneDrive – cloud storages that allow you to keep some of your files online. As an added bonus you’ll gain easy access to your photos as you’ll be able to open them on different devices. While you can get premium storage plans these cloud services offer a free version that might be more than enough for your needs.
Secondly, if you’re not too sure about trusting third parties with your files you can invest in an SD card or an external hard drive (depending on how much extra space you need) – both of which allow you to save your data externally and open it on your device whenever you want to use them.Understanding how to maintain your devices on daily basis can save you a lot of time and trouble. When you master your digital skills it might also become easier to get a job, keep in touch with your loved ones, and expand your horizons. Choose from a range of courses that we provide or get in touch for any help.
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