I’m exhausted. Worn out. Dragging. And I didn’t have to lift a single file or trashcan.
Who knew cleaning up my computer files would be such an involved process? Everything I have on my school laptop has been there a year and a half or less. How much could I have? Apparently about three hours worth of filing and still counting.
And this is why sorting through and organizing is so important. Just like a real file cabinet, documents get shoved in drawers, misplaced, and thrown into a “miscellaneous” pile. In order to utilize what you’ve got, you have to know how to put your fingers on it quickly. After three hours of sorting, purging, and organizing, I am proud to say my documents look like this:
I looked at all the documents and folders I already had. Redundancies were eliminated and new folders created for the individual files I had scattered around. For example, I am in charge of our school’s Boxtops for Education collection and I also compile the school newsletter. Those items got folders of their own. Two folders named 21st Century Tutoring were a waste of space, so last year’s folder hit the trash bin. As the year progresses and I start looking ahead, I will probably start a New School Year folder and incorporate my Time Capsule folder and some of my Clutter-Free Classroom resources into it. Files are so much easier to modify, eliminate and create on the computer. And no trees are killed in the process. So all in all, I was feeling pretty darn good about my accomplishments this evening.
Until I glanced over and saw the word “Downloads”. ARRRRRGGGHHH!!
Notice at the bottom of the screen shot it says “1 of 136”? So I’m not nearly done, but it’s now after 9 pm and tomorrow is another (vacation) day. So my biggest advice when it comes to organizing your computer files is to recognize that if your files are a mess like mine were, make sure you set aside several hours. A half hour a day for several days may be the best way to manage this task in what is already a hectic teacher’s day.