Why bother? Because digital clutter can build up as quickly as physical clutter, which leads to confusion, poor use of time and related stress.
Think of your computer as a virtual file cabinet. Your documents are inside file folders, which are inside “drawers,” which are your major file categories.
While you may feel you have unlimited disk space, it’s not necessary to keep everything – similar to weeding out documents from your paper files. The less you have, the easier it is to find what you need, when you need it.
Start by consolidating similar documents in folders and dumping duplicates. If you can’t figure out which is the correct version, you can name each document the same thing, along with the date it was last updated.
Finally, remember to back up your files so you don’t lose valuable information.
What would you gain by making your computer files easier to access?
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