It’s that time of year again, the time of new years resolutions and promises to creating change in ones’ life. Have you ever thought of creating digital goals, such as organizing your digital spaces? We feel like this is an important one and once you get started, you won’t regret tackling this hefty task. So, here’s to a fresh and bright year. Happy New Year! The following are 5 ways to help you stay digitally organized.
1. Don’t shove the work into a single day
It’s a good idea to make a plan before you start tackling your digital clutter. Doing so will give you an idea of how long you’ll need and a better understanding of the scope of this organizational project you are about to embark on. Whether it’s your email inbox or download folder this applies to it all.
2. Label or file emails using filters
For every email that’s from someone you regularly receive emails from, such as work or bills, create a suitable filter to label, or file it automatically, for instance into “Work” or “Bills”. This will keep your emails organized for when you are looking for something specific.
3. Let the browser ask where to save downloads
If you haven’t done so already, in your browser, allow the option that lets you choose where to save a downloaded file. Any time you’re downloading a file, don’t let it go directly to the downloads folder, create an appropriate subfolder, and save it there.
4. Don’t delete files, archive them
Technically, you don’t have to delete every file that you currently don’t need. If you are certain that you don’t need a file, go ahead, and delete it but if you can use it later then archiving it is a good option.
5. Sort by date while organizing
When going through your files and organizing them, start by sorting them by date. This will help you save time because chances are that similar files where downloaded or created around the same time.