A Cluttered Environment
= A Cluttered Mind
Clutter is crazy pants yo!
I can hear my creative types out there protesting with their array of colored pencils, unicorn statues, and other randomness scattered across the desk.
But, before you get too agitated, remember you don’t have to organize like everyone else!
Use that right brain, get creative, and do what works for you!!!
I believe a clear mind starts with an organized space. I adore cleanliness and fresh starts. It does take some time, but saves you so much stress in the long run.
I did an overhaul this weekend including:
- Rearranging and organizing drawers & closets
- Laundry including all bedding
- Cleaned Kitchen and bathrooms
- Cut the grass
And the Computer…
- Organized blogs I follow into categories
- Cleaned up YouTube playlists
- Organized email folders and deleted old emails
- Cleansed favorites on Safari toolbar (Had over 800, this was so out of hand. The life of a freelance researcher!)
- Updated operating system on Mac and apps across all devices (A huge feat with my slow internet here in South America)
- Backed up files
- Set up new notes for blog organization with Evernote
On top of all that, I even gave myself a haircut (I needed a fresh start too), and participated in some Link Parties! If you don’t know what a link party is, check out this great post and list via My Joy Filled Life: The Ultimate Link Up Party List
Wow! Deep breathe! What a list and it has been active to say the least. I cannot even begin to tell you how refreshed it makes me feel, though, to have everything organized.
Now that March is here, I suggest you Spring Clean your environment, it’s fabulous I promise. But, today I want to focus on organizing your Mac and online life.
There are many ways to go about getting that browser, those online accounts, and your computer files more streamlined.
Put on a fantastic, upbeat playlist (try Stereomood), and let’s get started…
My Weekend Spring Clean Resources The Mac Edition
Does anyone else adore this feature? I happen to think post it notes are charming and Mac’s Stickies are just as great on your desktop. I have mine labeled with different categories and use them throughout the day to store passwords, marketing campaigns, quotes I find, and more! I like that you can make notes a different color and change the font.
I know I’m a bit behind on this one, but I just started making use of it. Evernote is now my go to for blog post ideas. I have a note for each of our categories here at Immensely Social and love being able to add not only text, but web clippings, as well.
I have Evernote on my Mac, but also on my Kindle Fire. When I am out and about or doing other things, I can add notes on my Kindle app which are synced to my computer. Everything is where I need it, when I need it. Isn’t technology marvelous!
- Google Docs and DropBox
I have a Seagate external hard drive that I have had for years and has always served me well. It’s great for storing older files and pictures that I don’t currently need on my laptop. I also like to be able to backup online. Google Docs and Dropbox are both good choices.
I used Rashidrupani on Fiverr to back up the blog here and then dropped the zip into Google Docs, so if a crash happens (knocking on wood), I’m at least a bit prepared.
I thought I was being organized with my emails.After all, I have separate files for friends, business newsletters, etc. But, I had let emails in each folder fill up. I vow to never let it get that bad again! I am a busy girl with good intentions to read all this stuff, but let’s face it…
It Ain’t Happening!
I have sorted my folders, unsubscribed from lists I’m less interested in, and committed to being realistic about what I actually may read later. Unroll.me is a great site to help you manage your email subscriptions. (If you haven’t signed up for my email list yet, be sure to do so. You will get a list of my Top 10 Online Resources)
And the files…. Oh, my the files!!!
I had been noticing that my poor little MacBook was running slow. With tons of duplicate content, the hundreds of articles, documents, and posts I have written over the last year, and lots of graphics, it’s no wonder.
My job requires a lot of files and saved content, but I can now say it’s under control for the most part. It will be an ongoing process, but at least it’s under way. I upgraded to OS Mavericks and deleted all the duplicates I could find. A confessed “downloadable ebook junkie” I now have all those ebooks in their own files and categories based on content, as well.
Again we are back to the “Will I ever actually read this” scenario, but I have high hopes. Here is a quick tutorial on using the tabs feature in finder. You also have the ability to color code with tabs, a nice addition. I plan to work on my files more with this…
*Update: I now use Clean My Mac and MacBooster to cleanup my system, both great!
Clutter happens, life happens, but you don’t have to let it take over and rule!
I sold almost everything, down to there suitcases, a little under two years ago. There is nothing like moving to another continent to learn how to do more with less.
Simplicity truly is a gift!
YouTube has many tutorials on organizing your Mac if you are up for more.
If you make time on a weekly basis to quickly go through, delete what you don’t need, and organize what you do, you will keep things neat and save tons of time later.
Your Turn! Do you have an organizational tip you can share with our community? Leave it in the comments below. Don’t forget to “like&share” this post.
You can also check out the organization boards on our Pinterest Page!
Happy Spring Cleaning Darling,
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