Are You A Digital Hoarder? How To Have A Happy, Healthy and Uncluttered Hard Drive
By Golda Smith
My baby boy was not feeling well a few days ago. Fever and a very bad cough…enough to send him home from school and keep him there for two days. When I learned that it was partly due to the dust and pollen, I went on a cleaning rampage. Stripped the beds, vacuumed everything in sight, I even cleaned the windows.
I must have started a fire because all that cleaning then carried over to my laptop. I’m pretty good with keeping things neat and tidy, very good I might add, because I don’t function well in a mess. Although I did a pretty good job with filing things away, I had tons of files and programs that I just didn’t need, didn’t read, had not listened to and had no intention of doing so.
I set the timer for 30 minutes and let it rip. By the time my smart phone beeped indicating that my time was up, I had deleted so many files and created so much free space I smiled. A major culprit were the hundreds of mp3 files that I’ve downloaded with every intention of listening to and taking notes, and I know I’m not the only one.
Confession time. Are you a digital hoarder? How many audio files have you downloaded and never listened to? Do you rename them so they are easy to find or do you just leave that long ugly file name that doesn’t give you any clue as to what it is? The only way to figure it out would be to listen to it and really…who has time for that? Not me and I’m sure not you. So let’s start there. From this day forward, whenever you download an mp3, I want you to immediately rename it with something easy to remember and place it in an appropriately labeled folder.
That looks much better than 12212209021345-002.mp3. The goal is cut down on the time you spend looking for your files by having them organized. Not OCD organized but driving yourself crazy to the point where you give up and promise to come back later.
Don't stop there!
You will want to take the same approach for your ebooks, pdf’s, videos, and programs. That was another culprit. Every time you upgrade to the latest version of a program, go back and delete the old one. You don’t need it and it’s taking up valuable digital space. It’s really easy to ignore it because you can see it but just remember that when you hold on to all these files, it slows down your computer and if you’re using it run a business like I do, you want and need your computer to run to the best of its ability.
You may be reading this shaking your head and agreeing with everything I’ve said but you’re wondering where on earth you’ll find the time for yet another task. Maybe this is a task you need to outsource. A pain in the butt task like organizing your digital files is like candy to someone else. Remember, the work has to be done but it doesn’t have to be done by you.
I hope this article inspires you to get your hard drive in order, your computer will thank you for it. Let me know how much space you were able to free up on your hard drive.
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" working with entrepreneurs to support them in the tasks that holds their businesses together. If you're a busy entrepreneur with more work than time, this report is for you. Get this now!