As Get Organized Month comes to an end, consider your computer. While you might not have considered organizing your computer, you could be more productive if you were able to find what you need, electronically, without searching.
How many emails do you have in your inbox right now? Can you guess, without looking? If you aren’t able to quickly scan what’s in there, it may be time to clean out your inbox.
Marsha Egan of Inbox Detox declared the last week in January as Clean Out Your Inbox Week. It’s a good time to create some decision points about keeping email. How long will you keep email in your inbox? What if you need to refer back to back to information in an email – do you have a filing system set up? Do you want to archive messages you’ve responded to?
January also is National Clean Up Your Computer Month, sponsored by LOPSA. After you set up your inbox for productive use, make sure you’re using folders to contain digital documents that you need to access. Set aside some time once a week to go through folders, delete outdated or redundant material and consolidate folders that have similar information.
Whether you can’t get a good night’s sleep unless you end the day at Inbox Zero or you’re someone who just deletes all your email once a year because you can’t deal with it, spend a little time regularly sorting through your electronic documents and you’ll save a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
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