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My Guide to an Organized Computer


Something a lot of people seem to have more than a little trouble with, is keeping their computer organized. In this guide, I will attempt to explain my strategy.
Especially for a programer, Having hundreds of dis organized files littering the place can be a major trouble. But by putting a little effort into organizing your computer,
you can save a lot of time. Also, i have created a set of folders you can use, availible in a zip file here


Do What Works for You:

If you don't like something I say, by all means, Ignore it. Only you can live your life, and only you should decide how to organize your files.

Use Version Numbers:

Adding version numbers to the name is a great way to keep track of multiple copies of a file. choose a system and stick to it. But please don't do this for programming code. Learn a proper version control system, like Git.

Make Your Folders In Advance.

Yes, Yes, I know. You can't prepare for everything. but some folders you can be pretty sure you are going to need. Music? Documents? Think about how you want to store your stuff and create your system in advance. If the right place to put that file already exists, you will be less likely to just throw it on an overcrowded desktop. Besides, if you plan in advance, you can create a more solid system,

Using Multiple Partitions

I used to tell people to always use one partition for data and another for their files, but now I'd say to think carefully about this. It can be great in some cases still, but don't do it for performance reasons, hard drives are mostly fast enough not to worry about that. How do you decide how much space to use for programs and how much for files? You will probably regret it unless you assign at least 120gb for the OS and programs, maybe more if you play games a lot.

It can be helpful if you use linux. Putting home directories and user files on a partition can be a great idea, because if you want to reinstall linux or change distros, you don't have to mess with your files partition at all(Still do backups, though). I don't know enough about windows to say if it still applies.

Your Desktop = Not a Trashcan

Keep a few icons on your desktop. sure. But don't start using it to store all the files for your active projects. put those in a folder, and keep a shortcut on your desktop if you use it often.

One Project, One Folder

Every time you start a new project(of any sort), it deserves its own folder. If you have two or more files that go together, put them together in a folder! If you have a folder full of "notes" and you find a few of them are recipes,make a folder called "recipes" and put them there. avoid clutter filled piles.

Inbox Overwhelming? just copy it to a new folder

Sometimes it's best just to move all your email to a folder somewhere you don't have to see. but do try to keep up with your inbox.

Organizational Systems

So, now that we have established that you should organize, how do we do this? Well, the first step is to make your folders. the second step is to put your files into them. the third step is to STICK TO IT! So about the first step. you can make your folder system yourself, or download a copy of mine and modify it to your needs. If you choose to do this, look over it first and make sure it suits you.=

Avoiding Software Clutter:

When possible, use open source software instead of freeware. it has a lot less crap.
When you get a program you don't like, get rid of it.