Friday, December 21, 2012

Clean Up for the New Year

Yay! It's over! It's finally over! Elise and I survived two weeks of intense finals. I can't speak for Elise, but I was on the verge of breaking point a few times, including the first Thursday when I thought I was losing my mind because I thought I lost my wallet and my iPod. Crazypants.

But now it's onto the holiday break. Although it's not as wonderful for all us as one might think. For me, I'm already back to the grind: I have two internships to keep up with and have to write a research proposal as well. Ahh, the joys of college honors.

While I'm gearing up for next semester, and a new year, I also do a little cleaning house. Mainly on my electronics. So, I figured I would share a few of my organization tips that can help you gear up for the new year and semester.

1. Email
I've been told Android phones are already setup for this, and iPhone 5s probably are too (I'm still rocking a iPhone 4!), but do yourself a favor and change your email settings so your phone automatically updates your inbox. I have mine set to "push new data" every hour, but 15 and 30 minutes are both options on the iPhone 4. Of course, a newer phone probably gives you more options, or let's you pick your own time.

2. Schedule Sync
Sync your phone and computer calendars and do this often. And by often, I mean daily. If you can't do it daily then, at the very least, weekly. My schedule definitely has to be updated daily. I have not had any major mishaps but I've had a few instances when an updated calendar would've helped.

3. File Condense and Purge
This one of my favorite things do. I go through all my computer files from the last semester and decide if I should purge or keep a file. My general rule of thumb is to keep any papers, stories or articles I've written, and do update them with whatever edits your professor made to the graded version. And I make sure to get rid of all the drafts and keep only the final. Also, I sort my files into folders by class, so I know why I wrote it

What ways to you digitally clean house? Any iPhone or Android phone tips you want to share? Drop us an email, leave a comment or send us a tweet!

Until next time,

Rock out, kiddies!
- J

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