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5 Hacks To Clean Your Computer And Make It Easy To Be Productive

Isn’t it ironic how much time we waste looking for new ways to be productive? Alanis Morissette didn’t warn us about this. But there is a solution to at least one of our daily productivity stiflers – our sluggish, always-buffering, insufferable yet essential laptops.

We’re busy, and ain’t nobody got time to wait for a slow computer, nor waste precious minutes trying to figure out a specific password. Here’s a few hot tips to help clean up your laptop and get your stuff into order – ready and rearing for a new year.

#1 Spring clean that hardware

Computer moving a little slow? More often than not, our computers aren’t working as fast as we’d like them to – like you often have time to make a cuppa in between the time you clicked iTunes and when it actually opened. If this is the case, it might be time for a little spring clean.

Give CCleaner a go; it’ll clear old, unused files that are clogging up your comp and making it run slower than usual. There’s also a number of duplicate file finders that’ll identify all your double-ups and help you clear out the noise. Just make sure you’re across what exactly it is you’re deleting, or else you might end up trashing something important.

#2 Clear your desktop

And while you’re at it, it’s high time we cleaned up that desktop. Delete all those screenshots, irrelevant documents and photos you copied and pasted only to copy and paste again because you couldn’t find the original on your overcrowded desktop.

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Clean up all unnecessary clutter and keep it minimal (that way you’ll actually get to see that pretty background image you loaded months ago).

#3 Organise and group your documents

Did I mention this is almost all about organising? Next up is your documents. We’re all guilty of having a few hundred (er… thousand) files scattered about, most unnamed, some necessary but the majority needing to go straight into the trash. Get your organising pants on and sort through the pile – file the important stuff into folders labelled Work, Travel, Uni and so on. If you’d rather work on the cloud try Apple’s new iCloud Documents and Data tool, or upload important things to Google Drive, Dropbox or Odrive.

#4 Optimise your battery life

If you’ve ever lamented the fact that your computer battery isn’t as good as it used to be, try FruitJuice or BatteryCare to monitor your battery life and get a little insight into how all your power is being used up. There might be apps running in the background unbeknownst to you.

#5 Keep all your important passwords together

I currently have four passwords on the go – my everyday password, a password with a capital letter, a password with a capital letter and a symbol, and a password for when I forget all those other passwords and have to improvise – which means I often struggle to remember which password is which, and I know I’m not alone in this collective nonsense.

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Too real.

To counteract this, there’s Passpack; an app that instinctively helps you remember which password goes with which account, and helps you avoid the shameful exchange of having to remember your Mother’s maiden name.

#6 Get to know your Google Chrome extensions

There truly is a Google Chrome extension for every occasion – there’s Adblock and StayFocused for blocking distractions, Dayboard for to-do lists, OneTab for decluttering tabs and Save To Pocket for bookmarking things to remember later – so get inspired by some of the best here and here.

[h/t Career Girl Daily]


Rebecca Russo is a freelance writer, editor, community radio dabbler, occasional hiker and celebrity autobiography enthusiast. She has written for online publications including Junkee, AWOL, Fashion Journal and Tone Deaf. Find her online here.