Sunday, December 13, 2009
Stuff I need to review/read/watch. That's the name of a bookmarks folder I had on my computer; some of the items had been there since 2007! I've just cleaned that folder up (and eliminated it entirely) as part of my effort to de-clutter my computer before the year end.
It's so easy to accumulate all sorts of digital clutter - and the clutter doesn't cause huge problems. But I noticed the clutter is beginning to make it somewhat harder to find what I want. It makes backups take a bit longer than they should. And the digital clutter also makes me feel a bit weighted down, a bit yucky. Who needs a list of 2-year-old articles hanging around, demanding to be read?
So here are some of the items I intend to deal with:
- Bookmarks for web sites with interesting articles I'll never read again. For example, I'm interested in the future of newspapers, and I've read some wonderful commentary on this subject. But why did I add bookmarks, when the chance I'll re-read any of these articles is so very slim? (You might have favorites instead of bookmarks, depending on your browser.)
- Bookmarks that got added to the wrong folders by mistake.
- Duplicate bookmarks.
- E-mail messages I'll never refer to again. My goodness, what are those 7,006 messages in my "sent" folder? I bet I don't need most of them.
- Photos that got uploaded from my camera - but never got cleaned up to eliminate duplicate shots, never got properly labeled, etc.
- Blog posts I've marked in Google Reader to go back and read later - and still haven't looked at.
- Old versions of applications - when I know the new version works just fine.
I'm not intending to get a perfectly cleaned-up computer; that wouldn't be worth the time and effort. But doing some basic maintenance now will help me be better prepared for everything I want to do (and will need to do) in 2010.