Spring is a great time to battle the digital clutter monster

Research shows that 80% of what we keep we never use. Research also shows that office workers spend an average of six weeks per year looking for things. People … if we’re going to keep this much STUFF around, the least we can do is organize it so we can find it … should the need ever arise.

But the need rarely arises, so we don’t.

Digital clutter is incidious. It’s easy to keep and easier to ignore. It’s not like physical clutter that constantly reminds us we need to put it away. We don’t tend to trip over it or bury our keys under it. What does happen is our computer speed slows down taking our productivity along with it, and our stress level goes up (WAY up). Not a pretty picture.

This story could have a happier ending, but we have to be brave. We have to charge full steam ahead and go to battle against this evil monster. Listen in to my interview with CBC Radio morning host Matt Galloway to learn how you can declutter your computer. And what better time, than spring …

Comments

  1. Hi Valeri,
    Great article on Spring Cleaning my computer and very informative podcast with Matt Galloway yesterday. I am spring cleaning my computer as I write this and I have two questions for you:

    RSS:
    What does RSS mean in my inbox and what can I do to maximize it’s purpose?
    Can I use RSS to optimize my social networking activity? How?

    Archive email folder:
    I have just transferred all of my old emails from 2010 and 2011 into my Archive folder, but it didn’t transfer the folder headings that I had originally created within my Inbox to organize my emails by subject matter. Now – how do I look back easily in my Archive file to find something – for example “Access codes” for all sorts of online companies that I have access codes to? The problem now is, if I were to sort my Archive file under “From” – it would not bring up everything that I need to find, because all the companies that were filed in my Inbox folder under “Access codes” are different names?

    I hope this is clear. Thank you for helping me out with this.
    Michelle

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