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Spick-And-No-Spam! Springtime cleanup & more tips for your technology.

April 18, 2017

Certain web browsers work better with certain websites.

Obviously knowing ahead of time which sites work best with browser ‘A’ vs. browser ‘B’ for instance would be next to impossible.

The idea is to be prepared.

Make sure multiple web browsers are installed on your computer regardless of the Operating System. Some common ones are Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera, but there are several other great ones out there.

If a website does not display correctly or simply has functionality issues, try to visit the site in another browser. Chances are, one of the above mentioned browsers will display the page just fine.

-Nathan N., IT Technician

 Prefer a different browser than those listed above? Share in the comments below!

 

Organize information the first time you touch it.

I focus my cleaning on initial proper organization. In other words: Setting myself to organize information the first time I touch it.

Ultimately, everything boils down into a simple equation of INPUT and OUTPUT. Everything coming to you, even things you’re generating yourself, is considered INPUT.

I find that many times people fail to organize information properly because they believe it takes more time to do it initially and believe it’s faster to do it later. This might be due to mental fatigue in categorizing all of the different communications we have coming at us nowadays.

To avoid this, I group “input” related items into categories. Anytime I receive something I ask myself, Is this “something to do now?”, “something to do later?” or “something to save?”.

After I make that determination, I have predefined places that determine where things go. I put it there immediately. Doing so frees up brain space to focus on whatever is most important to be doing at the time.

I also set aside specific times of the day to check new “inputs” and turn off notifications to avoid the desire to respond immediately and become distracted from my current focus.

Anyhow, this took me many years to learn and I spent a good amount of time retroactively organizing. Now that I organize on the frontend instead of the backend, it saves a ton of time…and it also keeps things neat and tidy!

-David B., CEO/Founder

What other genius organizational tips do you have? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

Diana Hill

Project Manager / Media Specialist - Diana is our Media Specialist by day, then a performer and music teacher by night. She brings to MPA a deep passion for creativity, and a near-insanity level of organization. Diana attended Indian Hills College and Truman State University, the latter from which she holds a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Vocal Performance. She loves her family & friends, digs historic preservation, and just appreciates life in general. Being bored is never a problem, and she hasn't quite figured out how to do something “half-way.”

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