It’s almost spring and it feels like it too. So it’s time to get started on a little spring cleaning. I’m not talking about your bathroom and that storage space under your dorm bed (although you should probably clean that too). No, I’m talking about your computer.
Here’s the thing. Your computer is filled with old school documents and unnecessary files. It’s the one thing in your dorm that you probably use the most frequently. So, it deserves a little bit of your attention. Plus with finals approaching, a clear workspace might really help you to stay organized and get prepared for every one of your tests and projects.
A Clean Desktop means a clear mind
If you’re lazy like me, you frequently save all of your documents to your desktop, but it fills up quickly. It has probably become very difficult to find what you actually need in the clutter; one icon blends into another and the one you actually need just doesn’t seem to exist anymore. So, now is the perfect time to go through each document and save the files to a better location. Maybe you can even delete a few that you know you’ll never touch again.
Locate your Copies
One of the great things about going through your class files and notes before the semester ends is that you can make sure you have an electronic copy of everything. If you don’t have the final copy of an essay or project it’s a lot easier to find it now than it will be two years from now. So if you can’t find something that you want to keep a copy off check your inbox or get a copy from a friend if it was a group project. It’s important to have your own copy of everything when the end of the term comes, just in case there’s an issue with your grade.
Organize your Files
While it’s probably a good thing to keep a copy of your Psych project from last term (especially if that’s your major) is it really necessary to keep your notes from University 101 (you know, that introduction course you took freshman year)? While you should always be cautious about hitting the delete button, now is the perfect time to get rid of the unnecessary stuff that’s just eating memory on your computer.
New ideas are often created from the remnants of old ones. Flipping through old class notes and projects might be just the inspirational nudge you need for a current course assignment. You never know how brilliant your prior work might be until you’ve taken a step away from it.