Do you sometimes find yourself staring at the screen, struggling to find the app or piece of information you need? It is not only frustrating, but a concentration breaker as well, and it takes quite some time to get back on track with the task at hand.
Numerous studies show that intelligent people tend to be more disorganized, but that doesn’t make clutter a positive trait all of a sudden. It is still the number one enemy of concentration, productivity and efficiency altogether. And we still have to fight it by any means, whether in the office or working from home.
In fact, working in the office might make us more self-aware, forcing us to minimize the clutter on our desk for the sake of our co-workers, but once we find ourselves working remotely, many restrictions seem to dissolve, and we fall prey to chaos. Yes, yes, we do.
And, as a lot of our work nowadays revolves around computers, clutter has made its way into our digital life, suffocating our screens and nibbling on our precious time, much like the stacks of papers on desks once used to. By becoming more tech-savvy, all we did was move that physical clutter on our devices, while giving off the vibe that everything out of sight is neatly organized.
So, while working from home, take the opportunity to declutter your screen in a few easy steps:
Remove old files from your desktop and store them in the cloud.
Take some time to sift through your folders, particularly Desktop, Downloads and Documents. Do you need those files on a regular basis? It’s highly unlikely. Keep the necessary files handy and move all the others to a cloud storage of your choice.
Note that OneDock is integrated with Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive, which means you can add them to your custom dashboard or browse through them with just one search query. Nifty!
Make rules and stick to them.
Define the most suitable way to organize your files and folders, keep file names consistent, and try to put every new item in the right place as soon as you create or download it. Extra-extra: Don’t use your desktop as a default save location. Ever again.
Since this sounds easier than it actually is, take some time every now and then to revisit your desktop and apply a quick declutter scheme. It can be a recurring task every other Friday, for example.
Get rid of unnecessary app shortcuts.
You don’t need a desktop icon for every app you ever installed, and you know it. Only keep the essentials, while opening the occasional ones from the Start Menu.
Even better, link your frequently used SaaS apps within OneDock and access them in just one interface, without the hassle of logging in and out.
Organize your ideas and notes.
If you find yourself opening a new document every time you want to write down an idea, a phone number or a new task, it’s time to change your habits and handle all those things with dedicated software.
Your note-taking needs can be easily covered by OneNote or Evernote, while task lists find their home in Todoist, Trello or Asana.
Optimize your screen space.
Keep distractions to a minimum and autohide the taskbar to make more room for what really matters. Give up on browser bookmarks and tabs and switch to a cleaner version, getting more out of the space available on your display.
It’s no surprise that browser tab chaos can be decluttered with the help of a desktop organizer tool, such as OneDock, but what really matters is that once you do that, you are actually able to focus much better. It’s not magic, of course, just a helping hand. But one that really counts.
We now hope you are ready to declutter your screen with OneDock (and its little helpers), and we promise you there will be no regrets.
Alexandru Isbasoiu is managing the sales process for OneDock while working in the Group Partnering and Business Development team of Deutsche Telekom.