Most New Year resolutions are based around promises to eat less, exercise more, cut down alcohol, be nicer etc…but what about making some tech resolutions to make your life better too?
Unsubscribe from Junk Mail
If you’re anything like us, you spend a chunk of time every day deleting junk email from your inbox. Maybe they’re newsletters you signed up for but no longer read, maybe it’s a steady flow of deal promotions from shops where you’ve shopped. Whatever the case, they’re clogging up your inbox and wasting your time.So here’s the plan: Every day, unsubscribe from five lists (not including, ahem, Microcomms, of course). That’s it, just five. Assuming you easily can find the “unsubscribe” link, which is almost always included in tiny print near the bottom of the email, the process should take no more than 30 seconds per message.
Set up automated back-ups
It’s never been easier to archive your data. External hard drives and flash drives continue to grow in capacity and shrink in price, so the financial burden is less. Same goes for cloud storage, which makes data preservation an automated, set-it-and-forget-it affair. We can help you set your back-up system up and advise about which solution is best for you – just get in touch!
Install a password manager
For your own sanity and security, install a password manager and change all of your passwords so every single one is different, and every single one is long and hard to crack. There are plenty of good choices available, many free of charge – LastPass 4.0, LogMeOnce and Dashlane 4 all come highly recommended.
Update all your Apps and Operating System
Updates, don’t just appear for the fun of it. Although they might seem annoying, an update will normally bring a fix for a bug, or make the app itself faster, sometimes it will even introduce new features so they are worth doing, and staying on top of – don’t ignore them , Don’t forget to visit phonedeposits.
Spend less time on Social Media
A recent study has found that social media increases levels of envy and jealousy. “Millions of hours are spent on Facebook each day,” wrote report author Morten Tromholt. “We are surely better connected now than ever before, but is this new connectedness doing any good to our well-being?” In the test, the Facebook users rated their life satisfaction at 7.74 out of 10 average, but those who stayed away rated it at 8.11.
You don’t have to quit completely, but maybe cut down the amount of time you spend on social media every day – perhaps limit yourself to one or two checks a day.
Here’s to a great 2017!