Lately, I have been helping a few friends get their computers up to date and running smoothly.  As I have done this, I have noticed something.  Computers get cluttered.  Quickly.

For some reason I often think that computers actually simplify our lives and help us de-clutter.   We can get rid of files and organize things in lists and spreadsheets (super fun).  We don’t even need to own real CD’s or books, right?  Truth is, computers often just add to the clutter.  I am beginning to think of my computer in the same way as my basement storage room.  If I don’t re-organize often and stay on top of the clutter, things can get out of control in a hurry.  Files, pictures, music, videos, apps, calendars, address books, backup files, backup disks, backups for backup discs, etc…   Add on top of that the reality of smart phones, tablets, and keeping everything in sync, it can become a huge headache.  Despite huge leaps forward in technology over the last 10 years, keeping everything straight and organized is only getting harder.

Typically, that is when my friends call me.  They need help cleaning up their Mac, getting it to run faster, and keeping everything in sync.  Aside from the technical aspects of syncing and a general knowledge of the many options there are for various applications and tuning up a computer… this mostly just takes time.   It’s eerily similar to cleaning up the basement storage room.  You need to take each box and decide whether to get rid it, use it, or file it away and keep it in the storage room.

Lately I’ve been thinking this applies to my schedule as well.  When I first switched to the stay at home dad gig, I was utterly amazed at my open schedule.  I still find myself a bit giddy on Sunday night when I just sit down to watch a TV show (instead of being at Youth Group), but I am amazed at how much my daily schedule has filled up.  More clutter.

I do a pretty good job of keeping ahead of the clutter on my computers.  My basement and my schedule might be different stories.  So… how do I stay ahead of the clutter, whether in the storage room, on my computer, or in my schedule?  How do you?



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