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Organize Your PC and Peripherals to Create a Friendlier Work Space

written by: Joli Ballew•edited by: Ronda Bowen•updated: 7/5/2011

Organize the data on your PC and work faster and more efficiently.

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    Organize Your PC

    Anyone who has used their PC for a while and taken the time to do a little organizing quickly realizes that getting rid of clutter and fixing and optimizing what you have left can really save you a lot of time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of wasting a lot of time trying to use equipment that doesn’t work properly or gets in your way. Often we think that because our equipment is not working properly, we need to run out and purchase a new PC and other peripherals. Fortunately, organizing can really help in situations like this and might even save you money by eliminating the need to buy replacement equipment you don’t actually need.

    Once you really get your PC running the way that you want it to and make a good work area for yourself, you’ll be a lot more productive and have much more fun using your PC. You won’t have to constantly hunt for things and you won’t get frustrated by things that don’t work. PCs are much like cars: they need a little upkeep now and then. With a little bit of care you’ll get much more performance out of your PC and peripherals and you’ll be able to prolong the life of your equipment.

    Our process is divided into for key areas:

    1. Cleaning out the physical gunk. As we use our PCs, we always seem to be adding new peripherals and other gadgets. This can really make the clutter build up. Here we’ll focus on how you can physically clean your PC and all of your peripherals that are sitting there dying for attention. Believe it our not, we’ll actually get out the cleaning supplies and show you how to clean everything that you have. We’ll even show you how to clean up your work area so that all of your equipment fits together very nicely and you can see your desk. When you finish with this process, you’ll feel really good. You might even feel that you’ve given new life to your PC and your peripherals.

    2. Getting everything connected and configured for optimum performance. PC communications and networking technologies have come a long way over the past few years. You no longer need to connect to the Internet using a slow dial-up connection, and you no longer need to pass disks around to copy files from one PC in your home to another. You also don’t need to use all of the cumbersome wires you have cluttering up your home or office. You can go wireless and really increase your productivity. Once you’ve physically cleaned your equipment, we’ll show you how to apply the degunking mindset to getting all of your equipment connected. You’ll be able to make your PCs more secure and you’ll be able to do more with the PCs you have.

    3. Backing up. The more you use your PC and the more you communicate with others and share files, the more you’ll need a backup system that really works. Here we’ll help you get organized and take control over everything that you store on your PC or home network. If you are like most PC users, you are probably currently taking on more risk than you realize by not backing up regularly and not storing your backups in a safe place. We’ll show you how to set up a simple but reliable system that is easy to follow on a regular basis.

    4. Opting for performance. Once you’ve completed the important process of degunking your PC and peripherals, it’s time to focus on performance issues so that you can carry out tasks such as getting rid of noisy fans, upgrading video cards, upgrading your CPU if you need to, adding RAM, and much more. You can make improvements that will help you prolong the life of your PC and make it perform much faster. PCs are prone to becoming obsolete quickly because of new technology coming out all the time. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to get more out of what you currently have, and we’ll show you what they are.