Was the term “self-care” invented by beauty complexes to sell bath bombs? Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean that carving out time to take care of yourself once in a while is a bad idea. That goes for the technology in your life as well.
Are you ignoring the rat’s nest of cables behind your desk? Tired of three-digit unread email notifications every time you look at your home screen? Or a phone case that was once transparent? Turned dull yellow? Look, I’m not here to shame you. But maybe it’s time to review the techniques you use every day and see where a little effort in tidying up can go a long way. Come. (Unless you’re looking for bath bomb recommendations, no help there.)
When I say these silly little stick-on cable clips from Amazon can change the world on your desk, I speak from experience. If you, too, are constantly untangling cords or hoisting them off the floor when you need to plug something in, know about my lord and savior, cable management. and all come with a non-damaging adhesive backing. Stick one to the side of your desk to keep cables out of the way when not in use.
Before you’re caught off guard by a dead battery on your gadget, check ahead. This voltage checker is $5.99 and has the advantage of not requiring a battery itself. Give your future self the gift of not rushing to change the batteries in your wireless mouse before an important meeting.
If you get nothing else out of this guide, do yourself a favor and buy yourself a can of compressed air. If you clean your laptop, be sure to turn it off first. See here for details. In fact, now’s the time to pull out your old-fashioned dusting cloth as well and get to work. It is a good idea to ensure that the area where the electronic device is connected is free of dust.
While you’re at it, get a microfiber cleaning cloth and some cleaning spray too. try to clean the Make sure you are using the right tools for your surface. Leave Windex in your cupboard and get this $12.95 cleaner and microfiber kit from Calyptus.this is Verge Photo editor approved, so you know it’s legit.
Now that your phone screen is smudge-free, take a closer look at your home screen. Maybe you, like me, start out with the good intentions of putting apps in folders, and at some point just abandon the whole charade and let it pile up on page after page of pure chaos. This alone could be a complete guide, but here are some quick tips for organizing your home screen.
Oh, and the final self-care? Just delete 30,482 unread emails. If someone is pissed about it, remind them that texting is a new email and they should message you next time.