The following post is from Stephanie of BizzieMommy.com:
We spend so much of our lives on the computer downloading, uploading, saving and copying, causing things to get cluttered and over-stuffed real fast. If you computer is running slow, it might be time to for a digital clean up.
Here are a few ways you can declutter and organize this week:
Organize Your Passwords
We all know using the same password for every log in online isn’t safe, but who can remember so many different passwords?
Here are a few tools to help you keep track of your passwords more easily:
Using a tool like LastPass will help you manage all your passwords so you will only have to remember one master password for everything.
How does it work? All you have to do is download the application appropriate to your system and follow the prompts; LastPass will install plug-ins for the browsers you use, scan for insecure passwords and help you create a master login and password.
Once installed, there will be an icon at the top of your browser that you can use to access your LastPass vault. LastPass will prompt you to save the password whenever you log into a new site, so you will never have to enter or remember it again.
LastPass can also help you create encrypted passwords, and it can log you out of all secure sites with one click. You can retrieve your passwords from other computers by logging in to Lastpass.com.
Some computers now include a fingerprint scanner to help you manage passwords, such as HP’s SimplePass technology. SimplePass allows you to securely access your online accounts and passwords with the swipe of your finger. My HP dv7 was pre-configured with the finger scanner, or you can add your own for approximately $100.
Clean up Your Files and Folders
If your computer is lagging, it is probably a good idea to start scanning your computer for duplicate, corrupted and unnecessary files. Doing this on your own is a daunting task; luckily there is software that can help.
Belvedere for PC
Belvedere is an automated file manager for Window developed by Lifehacker editor Adam Pash. It allows you to create advanced rules to move, copy, delete, rename or open files based on their name, extension, size, creation date, and more. It’s a great tool to help manage your desktop and downloads folders clean.
Hazel for Mac
Hazel is a similar tool designed for the Mac. Hazel helps you manage folder and automatically organizes your files according to rules you create. It features a rule interface similar to that of Apple mail.
Organize Your Contacts
If you have an out of control address book and email addresses in several different clients then it’s time to get them organized and these tools will help.
Scubly allows you to quickly and safely cleanup and backup your contact lists for all of your contacts, Outlook, Mac, Gmail and more. It allows you to remove duplicate contacts and folders, merge and resolve conflicts and automatically back up your address books. There are three plans available; the free version is limited to 250 or fewer contacts.
ODIR helps you clean up your Outlook folder in a snap. It will remove duplicates from contact, calendar, tasks, notes and email folders.
LifeHacker has a guide on how to clean up and fix your Google contacts.
Digital clutter doesn’t take up as much space as physical clutter, but it affects your productivity and motivation just the same!
What other tools have you used to declutter your digital world?
|Stephanie Elie balances 2 jobs, 2 kids, 2 blogs and a husband and loves every bit of it. Stephanie is the author of BizzieMommy.com, and you will never find this LA tech junkie without her iPhone, Canon DSLR and laptop, all dressed in her favorite color, Pink.|