9 Desktop Decluttering Ideas That Can Improve Your Productivity
The other day I made a post on how to declutter your phone but as a full time 247 desktop user, I know that my laptop can be a lot more "messier" than my phone will ever be (ya know how it feels desktop users!). But more often, you guys use your desktop more for work.
As a fact, you bloggers and entrepreneurs, designers, business people and anyone who works on a desktop uses a computer or laptop to get their work done, right?
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let's get right into it!
1. Software Updates
Did you forget to update your Windows or macOS? Better to keep up to date with the currently updated software than the old one. Not only does the system need updating but so does your other applications too!
I made a list on Wunderlist on the software that I need to check and update once a week such as game launchers, art applications, etc.
Oh yeah, did you know you can update Google Chrome? (that is if you're using Chrome).
Update Google Chrome
- Go the 3 buttons on the right end tab.
- Click on "Help" > "About Google Chrome"
- Let it automatically check for updates
- Click "Install" if you have an update (warning, you may have to let it close & relaunch after it's done).
Pretty easy right?
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If you want to have your desktop running smoothly, try defragging. You would have to wait for mins or hours so based on how much files you have on your system but it would make a difference in the performance. I usually have to wait about 1-3 hours but it's totally worth it!
You could do other things while it defrags but sometime it may slow down or lag because it's working its butt off.
Note to Gamers: DON'T PLAY WHILE IT'S DEFRAGGING!
3. Recycle leftovers or unused files
I use CCleaner for deleting unnecessary files or browsing history and it's awesome!
Literally, I don't even need to scroll through and take up hours of my time to go one by one, deleting files I have no single clue about. It makes life so much easier!!
Update 5/Feb/2019: I no longer use CCleaner due to them being hacked before. Instead, I use Disk Clean-up that is already on my Windows desktop.
4. Antivirus Scan
Anyways, definitely try to scan daily for check if you have any installed or potential malware or viruses that might be lurking beneath.
If anything, I would suggest both those antivirus because they do the best job of protecting you from harmful viruses and malware.
5. Change Wallpapers
One of the best things about desktop declutter is that you have an excuse to change your wallpaper. It would freshen up your desktop along with making you more motivated.
There are plenty of free wallpapers out there on the internet! You can check out Candidly's free wallpapers here. She updates them every month.
You can download my freebie wallpapers:
- Freebie Kpop Christmas Wallpapers 2018
- Valentine's Day Desktop & Mobile Wallpapers
- FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER
- Christmas Desktop Wallpapers
6. Delete browsing history
You could either follow step 3 or just manually do it (I prefer manually). By manual, I have the power to delete histories that I won't or will delete.
To delete Google Chrome history on Windows:
- The 3 dots on the tab bar
- History > "History" (Ctrl + H)
- "Clear browsing data"
- "Advanced" > tick the boxed that you would like to delete or uncheck to not delete
7. (If you're using Chrome) Change Chrome's theme
As I use the internet pretty much every day, I would always like to go on my browser and not find a bare Google home screen or a grey tab bar. Here's the trick on replacing that basic tab bar: Theme.
There are so many different types of free or premium themes out there based on your likings. For me, I prefer Floral themes.
8. Organise them files yeah?
Don't expect me to believe you that you have a totally 99.9% organised folders (unless you do then good job to you, skip this step) but if you have a messy unorganised folder displayed everywhere on your desktop or inside your document files, then you should probably start reorganising theme.
Believe me, I never got lost ever again when trying to find a file that I need to work on.
Any applications you don't need or haven't used in forever - puts trash in front of you - in the bin.
Have you found these tips helpful? When you have the time, try to declutter your desktop once or twice a month.
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