It’s a show that builds on our fascination with the odd, or our inability to look away from a wreck. A very messy wreck. Hoarders is an A&E reality show in which extreme hoarders are met with a special de-hoarding team, including a mental health professional, organizing pros, and a cleanup crew to help them declutter in two days. Seeing the neglected piles of too much stuff is probably fascinating or appalling to many of us.
But how many of us are technology hoarders? We have apps and applications sitting around in neglected “piles” on our hard drives or smart phones. Or we have unused folders and files that are cluttering up our tech spaces. Or boxes of iPods and other tech hardware of all shapes and sizes under beds or in closets.
We can all probably use a little tech spring cleaning, and to effectively clean and organize, we need to learn how to prioritize.
Tip #4 is Prioritize.
Decide what you need to access the most quickly and most often, and make these easiest to access. Give them shortcuts on your desktop, place them in your taskbar or your dock, or store them on the home screen of your smartphone. Make sure that you’re not sorting through other things you’re not using to get to the ones you are. That means you should also de-prioritize apps you are not using as often and remove them out of these quick-access areas.
If you’re having trouble prioritizing, you might start to categorize by number of clicks or taps. Sometimes we’re so used to an inefficient way to get where we want that we’re clicking away day after day, and we can save ourselves some of the effort by just assigning meaningful access priority based on usage.
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