I’ve decided to do some computer spring cleaning. I broke down the operation into a few main components, and am going to be tackling them over the next couple of weeks. My plan goes a little like this:
While not exactly cleaning the computer, cleaning up my desk always helps me get into the “clean mindset.” I think it’s important.
Inspired by Merlin Mann’s Inbox Zero, I decided that I should clean up my email. This one, I’ve done… and it was pretty easy. All I did was organize my email by sender, rather then by date. Then I can look at the sender and say “is there anything I need to do for this person?” If no, archive it. If yes, keep the respective email in the inbox and archive the rest.
In my opinion, a desktop should be like an inbox: as clutter free as possible. I like to reserve my desktop for items that I’m currently working with. Otherwise it’s nothing but a mess. I’m going to clean it up and resolve to keep it that way.
There’s a pile of apps across all of my machines that I’ve used only once, or never at all. I’m going to hunt them down and toss ‘em.
This one scares the hell out me. I have a lot of stuff piling up in my Downloads folder. I use Spotlight so much that I hardly ever worry about properly organizing my documents anymore. My photos are in iPhoto, but I’ve scores of other images all over the place. Some of my documents are in Dropbox but nowhere else, which scares me. This one is going to take some work.
Cleanup video projects
This will feel so good when it’s done. I like to hang on to video projects and assets in their entirety for as long as possible, but after a while, it starts to get out of hand. I watched a short sample tutorial over on IzzyVideo on Final Cut Pro’s Media Manager (part of IzzyVideo’s Final Cut Pro 6 series) so I’m going to put that to use properly archiving my projects.
I have a Time Machine disk, but local backup is only have the battle. Especially when you’re as paranoid as I am. I hoping to archive a lot of my content onto DVDs or onto an 2.5″ drive and stick it in a safety deposit box at the bank (yes, I’m that paranoid). I’ve also been slack with archiving my photos onto the Amazon S3 space that I have, so I’ll get back to that.