Another important place to
de-clutter is your computer. If you can keep your files under
control, you won’t be looking in 20 different folders in “My
Documents” for that English paper you wrote last week. Here are
some suggestions to get rid of computer clutter.
• Delete e-mail that was
already read. This will keep your inbox clean.
• Reply to e-mail right
away, so that your inbox does not get built up.
• Create a filing system-
if you cannot reply right away, or need to save an e-mail,
place in a folder made for that category. (Needs Reply, or
• Watch your “sent mail”
folder. Delete things from that as well. Be sure to delete
anything unnecessary from there.
• Add to your address book
often. Many times people will keep an e-mail in their inbox
so that they have the address when ready to write back.
Instead of that, simply save the address. You’ll know where
to find it later.
• Put spam filters on your
e-mail account to limit inbox space. Just don’t forget to
check your junk mail folder for things to slip
• Keep a disk or CD with
your assignments from previous classes. This will keep your
“My Documents” folder easier to navigate through, as well
as allow for more space. In addition, you will have things
backed up in case of failure.
Organization is a skill that
can be learned. The most difficult part is breaking your
lifelong bad habits (like letting your paperwork pile up). The
key to getting better organized is to start with one small step
and then take others one at a time. You may find that what
you've put off for years takes only an hour to do. And once you
see the benefits in one part of your life, you'll be motivated
to go on.
All the time management and
organization tips in the world can only help if you put them to
use. Putting things off can be the biggest mistake most college