My computer feels like a black hole. My iPhone keeps telling me I am out of storage. My iPad needs the dust blown off of it. But technology isn’t going away so I’d better get it together. Do you feel the same way? As part of my 2016 resolution to get more organized, I have decided to organize my technology. So here is how I am going to organize the tech stuff in my life so I can work better and feel better.
My photos are out of control! I am so not kidding. They may all be contained in one tidy little space on my hard drive, but there is absolutely no organization to them. There are family photos mixed with blog photos mixed with interior design ideas. It’s a hot mess. So I have devised a way to neaten them up. Albums. Yep, sounds simple. And it is relatively simple. You just need to make the time to do it.
There will be more albums as I continue to plug along. But for now, I have a few set up. It’s pretty simple to do. Choose several photos you want to put into an album. The click on the + sign in the upper right corner of the screen. Then choose which folder to put them in or create a new one. Simple as that. (I have a Mac so it may be different on a PC)
As for photos on your phone, if you keep getting that pesky “your storage is full” message, there is an easy solution. Shut off your photo stream. To do this go to Settings, then go to Photos and Camera. You will see a toggle for Photo Stream. Turn it off. It will tell you that it will delete all of your photos so make sure it is backed up to your computer. It will free up so much space it is amazing!
Do you ever look at your phone home screen and want to cry? You just want to look up the weather but you have to swipe through 4 screens to find the right app. Create folders for you apps. It is seriously easy to do. On your home screen, place your finger on an app you want to move and hold it there until the apps start to jiggle. Without lifting your finger, drag the app on top of another app that you would like to be in the same folder. Then let go. You have created a folder. I have folders for weather and traffic, news, real estate, design, recipes, etc. It is so much easier.
P.S. – this also works on the iPad
Folders people. Lots and lots of folders. Here is where I feel that a PC is better than a Mac. (but I still love my Mac) Folders are much easier to set up on a PC. If you are using a Mac, I highly recommend assigning each document to a folder as soon as you create it. On a PC it is much easier to go through and freshen it up, adding things to folders here and there. This is still a work in progress for me. I had been a PC user for my whole life until about 1 1/2 years ago. Old habits die hard, folks. I probably should be using the Mac document creators and things but I’m still stuck on MS Word and Excel.
Yeah, that is not joke. 1445 emails! I don’t have any clue why I need that many emails in the first place. Here is another spot for folders. Create email folders. I have created one for my design business so I can add invoices and client emails. I have created one for blogging. One for affiliate marketing, one for kid stuff, one for household stuff, etc. I have become a folder creating freak!