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31 day Clutter Crusade – Day 18 – Computer

clear clutter on your computer

Today we are going to spend 10 solid minutes clearing clutter off our computers. I especially find that have an empty email box and pretty clear computer screen can work wonders on productivity. Therefore, we are going to stick to those two during this challenge.

Let’s Get Started: 

Email: Currently, at this very moment I have more than 800 emails in my inbox. I am sure many of your experience the same volume if you work in the computer industry or have a packed to the rim schedule that produces tons of email.  When you open up your email, you tend to have to search for what you are looking for burning through precious minutes of your day. This is not a good thing.

I personally have better productivity with consolidating my emails and then deleting one at a time or groups of spam at a time. This makes the whole process go quicker. So lets take our first step.

ACTION. Take five minutes and delete every single item in your email box that does not require your attention. Any email that is Spam, Junk or just frivolous stuff that “well-intentioned” people send you to FILL YOUR INBOX.

2. Take a moment and look at your computer screen.

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Here is exactly what mine looks like now. It reflects my work flow for the day and the past week.  I have folders set up to capture items that  I use during my work week as well as items that  I am currently using displayed that will go into a file on Friday to close out the week. Because I work in print and teach all of my files have specific dates that they are being used which is a big help.

ACTION – Take five minutes and organize your computer screen. Make folders to house your current work flow and store any other items either on an outside hard drive, cloud or inside your regular computer in a designated file. 

Whew,  I know for many this will not complete this task but it will get you started.  Clearing clutter from your computer helps with work flow, productivity and progress on long-term projects. This could mean anything, planning a party, preparing for a pregnancy or a new diet!   If you use your computer to plan projects, then you must fight clutter there every single day or at least once a week to keep the clutter out of your computer life.

Here is the 31 day Clutter Crusade Guide for the Month

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31 Day Clutter Crusade

Clutter Day One – Top of Your Desk
Clutter Day Two – A Drawer Clutter
Day Three – The Medicine Cabinet 
Day Four – One Pantry Shelf 
Day Five – Flatware 
Day Six -Toys 
Day Seven- Towels
Day Eight -Coats
Day Nine -Handbags
Day Ten -Books
Day Eleven – Shoes
Day Twelve – Underthings
Day Thirteen – Cosmetics
Day Fourteen – Dishware
Day Fifteen – Bed Linens
Day Sixteen -Under the Kitchen Sink
Day Seventeen- Computer

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