Our digital devices are working overtime right now helping us with work, school, information, and entertainment. But when was the last time we showed them a little maintenance love?
Last year I contemplated getting a new desktop computer. Yes, I am one of the few that doesn’t have a laptop. Given my line of work, I don’t need a laptop to perform my regular organizing tasks and I prefer the larger screen on my desk.
I seriously considered buying a new computer because 1. mine was 8 years old and 2. running sooooo slowly. It would take too much time to switch screens, open windows, or even save a file.
But before I took the plunge to spend $$ on a new system, I checked with my friend, Chris Strickland to see if he could help.
Chris owns CleverGreen Technology which is like a help desk for personal computer users. You can check out his website for more of his wizardry capabilities. Long story short, he fixed my computers issues quickly and efficiently with some additional RAM and attention.
So when a client recently reached out to me seeking advice on computer clean up and organization, I reached out to Chris.
He provided me with some excellent ideas and tips that you can do at home to help #uncomplicate your computer.
Here are Chris’s expert tips tips for you to uncomplicate your computer so it keeps working well:
1. Know where your files are saved
- Identify a central file/folder location that’s easy to find – iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive
- Give you folders names that make sense and are searchable
- Example: Finances -> 2020 -> January;
- Example: Family -> Vacations -> 2020 -> Location
2. Use tools like Malwarebytes to detect malicious software on your computers
- The free version works for most people and gives you the ability to scan when you feel like something’s amiss
3. Keep your devices clean
- Clean your mobile phones and tablets
- Don’t spray anything directly on your technology’s surface
- Use a microfiber cloth
- Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives
- Don’t over-wipe it could damage the finish of your screen
4. Make sure you have enough internet speeds to accommodate new ways of working and schooling
- 70Mbps download speed is a good threshold to aim for. If you have less than 70MBps, you may run into spinning wheels or screen choppiness
- Call your provider to check your service level
- Use speedtest.net to test the WiFi around your home – either the website or mobile app
One last tip that I will give since I ❤️ decluttering:
- Delete any files you no longer need. One way is to go to Finder and sort your files by Date Last Opened. Only Delete files, spreadsheets, and documents. Leave any file that you don’t know its “Kind” alone.