Now you’re back at work after a (hopefully) refreshing holiday hiatus, take a moment to tick off all those to-do-list tech chores before getting stuck into work again.
This will enable you and your tools to be be more efficient and will cause much less frustration in the long term – cue trying to save that huge video but your storage is full!
We know it isn’t much fun running tech maintenance, but you’ll be glad you did it. Set aside some time and start tackling some of these chores:
UPDATE YOUR SOFTWARE
This is important not only for your machine and devices to run well, but for security too. You may need to check your settings to see if there is a patch or update ready to run and these can sometimes take a while to intsall, so go grab that coffee.
CLEAN UP YOUR STORAGE
You can uninstall unused apps, delete old files and sort through all of those videos and photos. You can also use cloud storage to help free up some space too. Note there are tools and apps available that can delete apps not used within a certain amount of days or disc clean up apps built in on Windows and Macs.
CHECK YOUR ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM
Periodically run a scan on your antivirus software to ensure that it has picked up any and all threats and that it is running optimally.
UPDATE YOUR ROUTER
A well protected router is a good router. Make sure your router has the most up to date firmware patches enabled. This applies to all smart devices throughout your home, they are all possible links into your network so make sure they are secure.
MERGE TO THE CLOUD
Move all your large files to the cloud, and whilst you’re doing this, make sure you file and organise everything nicely for future reference. There are so many free to paid options out there that you are sure to find one that suits you.
Clean your keyboard and screens, untangle those wires and use handy cabling system gadgets to keep it all organised. This will make life so much easier when you may need to troubleshoot or reinstall devices down the track.
Now that your work area is in a state of zen, time to get on with that work to-do-list. You have the added bonus of knowing that everything you rely so heavily on to help you do your job is in tip top condition!
For more info on apps, cloud programs and tips and tricks, please read the Gizmodo article here.