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Organization Management Tools for Your Computer

It is important to make time to keep your computer organized and free from clutter.  It is so easy to download files and gifts and before you know it your storage space is running out.  Today we will look at some helpful tools you can use to help organize your computer.

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Passwords

If you spend any amount of time online you will need a way to remember and organize all of your login information for your various accounts.  There are several ways you can do this including keeping a written account of all of your passwords (but this method has many drawbacks).  While I do recommend that you keep a physical copy of your passwords, you really need to use a more secure method.  There are great online tools that will remember your passwords for you.

Lastpass (this is the one I use) is a popular tool for passwords.  In addition to remembering your passwords it helps generate passwords and allows you to organize them into a vault.  You create a main vault key, which only you have access to, so nobody else can access your information.  There is a free version and a paid premium one.  The free version is for your computer – to use LastPass on your mobile devices you will need to upgrade to premium and as of this blog post it is currently $12 per year – a great price for peace of mind.

Roboform is another very popular tool similar to Lastpass.  In addition to remembering and generating passwords it can fill out online forms for you. Roboform also works across all of your devices without you having to purchase any additional licenses.  Roboform offers a free trial and is currently just $9.95 for the first year.

Online Storage

Do you ever run out of space on your hard drive or worry about losing family photos or important information? If so you should take advantage of some form of online storage tool.

Skydrive is installed on all newer Window computers and offers you free storage for your documents and photos. Plus you can access your content when offline.

Google Drive provides all Google account users with 5GB’s of free storage in the Cloud.  Don’t have a Google account, sign up for free and create an account today to take advantage of this great deal.

Dropbox also offers free option to get you started and then allows you to upgrade if you need additional space.

A great feature of both Google Drive and Dropbox is that you can also share your documents through the platform.  This can allow multiple users to offer input or it can just mean it’s a great way to deliver information products.

As well as being great for keeping your files safe, using Cloud storage is a great way to help keep your computer organized (just make sure you don’t add too much before you organize your files).

The more information you can store off of your computer the better.  As your hard drive fills up you will find that your computer starts to run more slowly.

Another idea for keeping your computer clean is to clean up items to your desktop once a week.   Simply go through each item and see if you need to keep it, trash it or file it in a folder.  You will be amazed at how efficient and organized you become just by doing this one simple thing regularly.

I would love to hear about the tools you are using in your business in the comments below.