A new year means new resolutions, and while the average new year’s resolution may revolve around health, fitness, or career goals, there's an aspect of day-to-day life that isn’t a common New Year's Resolutions: tech.
Happy 2022! Thanks to the pandemic, the past couple of years have been filled with tons of technological, many of which have inspired us to spend more time on computers, phones, tablets, and other electronics. Technology plays such an influential role in our professional and personal life and checking in on your tech "fitness" and "cleanliness" may be something you want to add to your list of resolutions for 2022.
Here are some simple New Year's resolutions that involve your tech life!
1. Back up your data (or invest in more storage space)
If you aren't already, now is a good time to start backing up your data. With the amount of valuable information stored on computers and mobile devices, the chance of losing it with an accidental click to the "undo" button is not a chance you should be willing to take. Whether it's investing in some 1TB backup drives or investing in more cloud storage space from iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Cloud Storage– now is the time do that.
2. Clear up your disk space
You've been hitting "remind me later" for the past 8 months. It's time to free up your drive space. This goes hand-in-hand with investing in backup drives or cloud storage. Give your devices room to work! Clearing your disk space regularly helps your devices run faster and more efficiently. So don't throw away that slow laptop just yet! All you might need to do is free up some space.
3. Change Your Passwords & Turn on Two-Factor Authentication
Remembering new passwords is a pain, but nothing is worse than having your accounts compromised. Online hacking, ransomware attacks, and cybersecurity breaches have increased over the COVID-19 pandemic. To reduce your chances of falling victim to cybercrime, it's a good idea to change your passwords regularly. You will want to consider using multiple strong passwords (yes, include uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters), and don’t forget to turn on your two-factor authentication whenever possible. These extra steps can save you a world of hurt!
4. Manage Your Notifications
If your goal is to be more focused on work this year, a great way to start is by cleaning up your notifications. A DoorDash notification letting you know you can get a free donut with an order of $30 or more will not only throw off your focus, but it will also throw off your healthy eating and financial goals! Take a moment to check out what applications can send you the important notifications, while filtering out the unnecessary ones to help you stay on track and keep your devices de-cluttered.
5. Purge Your Email
This is a big one! It's time to unsubscribe from all those mailing lists you forgot you registered for five years ago. If your unread emails are stressing you out, it's time to purge your email. We know how easy it is to give out your email for 10% off, but it's time to 'unsubscribe'. Too many junk and promotional emails can cause you to miss important ones! Give yourself a fresh start this year and do a deep dive into your email list.
6. Clean Up Your Camera Roll
Last, but certainly not least, clean up your camera roll. It's time to get rid of those screenshots of recipes, funny tweets, and memes that you'll never look at again. Narrow down the selfies to the best ones and delete the rest. Photos and videos can take up a lot of space on your devices, so if it's not a moment that you cherish all too much, like an accidental photo of your dog's paw, it's time to get rid of it. Maybe you could print them off– we hear photo albums are making a comeback this year!