Tackle Your E-mail:
- Check your e-mail daily: 30-60 minutes a day will help your e-mail from accumulating.
- Avoid subscribing to on-line newsletters unless you have the time to devote to reading them.
- Eliminate junk mail by discussing the options with your Internet service provider.
- Only save e-mail that you need to follow up on or are of importance.
- Limit your receipt of jokes and chain letter type e-mails. Not only are they time-consuming, they can also contain computer threatening viruses.
Organize Your Digital Media:
Storing music on your computer is a great way to create your own personal jukebox without the price of an authentic jukebox. Most computers already come equipped with music storage capabilities, like Windows Media Player, that are very user friendly. Media programs allow you to store and organize your media into separate folders by the artist, title or subject matter. A few things to keep in mind to avoid disorganization:
- Remove songs that you dislike. This can happen when we download full CDs. Eliminating the songs you don't like will free up space and make it easier to locate the songs you do like.
- Identify every song title and artist. Downloading music from CDs that were compiled for us - from friends or family for example, won't always download the title and artist. Keeping your media identified will save time and keep you organized.
Organize Your Digital Photos:
Storing your digital photos on your computer is a great way to create your own personal album, and save space by not accumulating photo albums and money by not printing out all your photos. There are numerous options to store your photos, whether you utilize a program that is already installed on your computer, or the program that came with your digital camera. In addition, there are downloadable options available on-line. A few things to keep in mind to avoid disorganization:
- Eliminate bad photos. Even if you are a master photographer, you can't always take a great picture. Eliminating the bad photos will save up space on your computer and make it easier to locate the desirable pictures.
- Assign specific folders to your pictures. The more specific you are with labeling your folder names, the easier it will be to locate your pictures. For example, label one folder 'Friends' or one folder 'Family'. You can also label by the event name, for example '30th Birthday'.
Always Remember : Back-up your files. There are a number of affordable back-up options that will keep all your important files, media and photos saved, if anything should ever happen to your computer. This is very important! It's better to be safe than sorry.