Our phones and laptops/computers have become natural extensions of our minds at this point, as many of us use them to find facts, spend time recreationally, keep up with our social contacts, and of course, organize our day to day tasks and habits.
Organizing our lives through our laptops, and the desktops they provide, can be very worthwhile, especially if we work in a capacity that requires this. More and more people have spent time working from home in the last two years for obvious reasons, and this trend seems set to continue.
But once in a while, like anything, it’s good to reflect and ask if we’re going about this in the right way. From time to time, we might find that our habits have become outdated, that we’re not leveraging features that me might otherwise do, and from there, we may feel a sense of worry. In this post, we’ll discuss how you can more readily organize your life through a device like this, and what tips we have to streamline your daily action:
Use Worthwhile Management Apps
Management apps that can keep your checklists properly aligned, can help you manage tasks in an incremental fashion, and give you the chance to track dates and appointments can be key. Apps like Evernote, with Google Calendar Integration, Apples calendar system, or other third party apps you find the most worthwhile can make a massive difference.
Many people might think that these services are extraneous, and don’t necessarily have to function as a crucial element of your day to day planning. To some degree, this is totally true. After all, you get to decide how you go about things, of course. Yet you may find that when you set up an app you actually enjoy using with your settings and preferences (and cross-platform syncing capabilities), you find that keeping on top of your daily note-taking and management is much less of a chore.
Set Up Your Security Features
Of course, our digital spaces are often quite intimate in terms of what kind of information they store about us, what information we may wish to be stored, and how we keep track of sensitive data such as our financial or login information for other apps.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to implement multi-factor authentication upon all your accounts and devices. Often, an authenticator app on your smartphone can be registered with an account, meaning that you get a rotating code you can use for logging into a platform should you need to. This means that even if someone manages to get your password, they won’t be able to log in within this code, hosted on another offline app. In some cases, you can also have a text message or email also send you this code, although that is considered less safe than doing it through a separate app that cannot be intruded upon.
Understand The Ins & Outs Of Your Operating System
All operating systems have their quirks, and the more features you can leverage (even if this just means understanding keyboard shortcuts), the better off you are. When installing a new operating system, it’s best to look for more details regarding how to use it, as well as what additional features it may offer.
For instance, many operating systems are now providing their users the chance to auto-upload files in certain folders to the cloud. This means that even when working on something, you don’t have to worry about losing that progress as so many people have done before now. Of course, it’s always best to be careful and not to let automation ruin our diligence, and understanding our operating systems, on both our desktop devices, phones and tablets, can work wonders.
Keep Your Files Organized
It’s important to keep our files organized to the extent that we can. It seems that modern accessibility is actually causing many people to misunderstand how these processes work, and for that reason, getting into good habits is key.
No matter if you’re organizing holiday photos, or working on essential business briefs, what matters is regular saving, a good indexing file naming system you use for the best affect, as well as using folders and subfolders (and their backed up equivalents in your cloud backup areas), can make a huge impact.
With this advice, we hope you can more readily organize your life through your desktop, as and when you need to engage in that.