Most often than not my computer desktop is a hot mess. There’s normally a stack of word documents, folders, and reminders everywhere and finding what I need, when I need it, is nearly impossible. This semester, I decided I was going to be more organised and that started with my desktop.
The very first way to keep your desktop neat, tidy and organised is to use folders. I personally use one for each subject and colour code them to match my colour code system to keep everything neat and organised. This has stopped me from having word documents and assignments everywhere throughout my computer and now when I need to search for something, I know exactly where it is!
FOLDERS WITHIN FOLDERS
This might be a little obsessive for some of you but I’ve found that keeping folders within my main folders has made my life so much easier. I organise my folders (within the subject folder) by weeks, so everything from week one of the semester goes in the week one folder, and so on. Another really good way to do this would be to organise things by topic or even by type – lecture notes, textbook notes, assignments, etc.
I think I may have become a little teensy bit obsessed with folders during this ‘getting organised’ process.
Okay, maybe it’s only me who gets lazy and never names my documents. Heck, in high school I used to label things like ‘Annoying Macbeth Speech’ until I realised that when you emailed your work to your teacher, they saw the title of the document. Lesson learnt.
Seriously though, labeling your documents properly can save so much time and stress. Not only does it help you know what is what, it also enables you to use the search document on your computer, so if you’re not a folder loving freak like me, you can find your work super fast!
In my opinion, the sticky note function on computers is underrated. Not only can you colour code (such a dream for my colour code system loving heart) but you can also use them for so many different things. I have one for each subject and two for my blog. I write to-do lists, contact information, class times and reminders on my little sticky notes and I find it’s such a good system to keep myself organised. Obviously, I still use my planner but I basically use the two together, so anything that’s in my planner for school, is probably on a sticky note.
Side note: I’ve obviously covered the contact information for my teachers, hence the weird coloured bars – it doesn’t look like that in real life.
Hello, major organisation! If you’re not the type to have folders or sticky notes littering your desktop, this is probably gonna work for you. I found this particular wallpaper at designlovefest.com but a quick google search shows so much more! You can also find the wallpaper I’m currently using here at this site, as well!
With this method, you can keep everything neat and tidy without the limitation of folders!
DELETE AND MOVE THINGS WHEN YOU NEED TO
Okay, okay, I may or may not be (read: totally am) the type of person who leaves last years work on my desktop still. Heck, you can clearly see that I have a folder labeled semester one 2016 on my desktop that I no longer need. Here’s the main tip for keeping your desktop neat and organised – get rid of things you don’t need. Move what you need to into another part of your computer and delete what you don’t need anymore.
I plan on taking my own advice and moving that semester one 2016 folder into the deep dark depths of my documents folder!
How do you keep your desktop tidy? Do you have any tips or tricks I missed? Let me know in the comments below!