Day 5 of the Digital Declutter Challenge
Day 5 of the 7 Day Digital Declutter Challenge is geared more for laptop and/or desktop computers. Today’s challenge is REALLY simple. I want you to declutter your computer desktop in 5 easy steps. So let’s go!
Step 1: Create Anchor Folders
For this step, I want you to create 3-5 (but no more!) new folders that will serve as your main categories for your computer. My main four folders are: “Work”, “Family”, “Blog”, and “Current Projects”. This helps my workflow because when I open one of these folder categories, I’m not distracted by all my “to dos” in the other categories! If you need a tutorial on how to create new folders, I’ve included one here.
Step 2: Delete Files
The time for this next step will vary from person to person. If your desktop is heavily cluttered, you will have to take more time to delete unnecessary files first. This is important!! Do not move on to step 3 until you’ve deleted what is unneeded. Remember, this is only decluttering the look of your desktop. We’re not organizing or “filing” things right now. The goal is to make your desktop as clear and calm as possible.
Step 3: Assign Files to Anchor Folders
When I first started decluttering my computer desktop, I made one folder and put all the other files in there. I titled it “All the Things” and then mass selected everything and dropped it in there. I didn’t try to make decisions at this point. In one big satisfying swoop, my entire desktop was clear! But, when I went to Day 6 of the Digital Declutter Challenge, I was taking a lot of time to put them all back into the Anchor Categories. So now, my suggestion would be to start with the Anchor Category Folders and drag and drop your files into those.
Step 4: Clear up your “Doc.”
Just like Day 4, take this time to clear up some of the superfluous icons in your doc. Only keep the ones that you use the most and for the others, right click and choose “Remove from Doc.” This will save you time in the long run and take away some of the visual clutter while you are working. This should only take 2-3 minutes tops so if you’re deliberating longer than that, move on to Step 5!
Step 5: Change Your Desktop!
I created a free desktop background that you can use, but feel free to create your own as well! I love my background because it motivates me and makes me feel like I have a personalized space that is all my own. My work stations for my projects help me stay focused and not distracted by all the little files on my desktop.
The purpose of today was completely for aesthetic and visual calm. Day 6 of the Digital Declutter Challenge will tackle more of the purging, organization and “decision making” processes of digital files. I hope that this was beneficial for you, and please feel free to leave me any feedback on tips or tricks that have helped you! Also, please let me know if you downloaded and applied the wallpaper for your new decluttered workspace. 😀
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