Remember that day when you were too lazy to do anything? The day you had LAS (Lazy arms, not ass, syndrome)? I do. It was yesterday, and the day before that, and probably the day before that! Sometimes it’s just hard to keep on ticking when you have a computer job. All that sitting just makes you tired.
Alas, I have discovered 5 tips that can save you time (in the future, when you’re not being lazy), while you’re being lazy right now. Everything I list below can be accomplished while using only half of your brain, and only your mouse hand. The other hand can be behind your head, or in whatever other lazy position you want it to be in.
5 Tips To Save You Time in the Future:
1. Clean up your desktop!
If you’re anything like me, your desktop is a complete mess at least 5 out of the 7 days of the week. You have folders, files, .zip folders, and every other kind of folder imaginable. You don’t have any idea what 50% of the items are anymore. 25% of the items you know you don’t need, and the rest are files and folders that you may need, but could be filed in a different, more efficient location. Do it! Start deleting, moving, and cleaning up. You’ll be a lot happier the next time you have work to do on your computer.
2. Clean up messy files / folders. (May require a typing finger, or two. If you’re really talented, a toe may work.)
Good. So one way or another, you managed to clear your desktop of the folder-infested rats nest that it was. But where did you toss all of those files and folder? In the recycle bin? Into other folders somewhere else on your hard drive? Maybe you were clever and took the lazy way out by cutting all of the files off of your desktop and putting them in a dated folder somewhere out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Stop kidding yourself. Start sorting the files and placing them in easier-to-find places. Think tree-structure. i.e. Structure your files in a way that makes sense to you so that you can navigate your own computer more easily.
3. Delete old sites residing in your FTP client.
This was a big one for me. When I was new to affiliate marketing, I started buying up all sorts of web real estate thinking I could make some money one way or another. The sites just ended up wasting time and money. Most of them were still sitting in my FTP client until I cleaned them out a few days ago. Having them in there did nothing for me but make me waste time looking for other sites that I was trying to connect to. Do yourself a favor and chop them out of your site list.
4. Clean up your bookmarks.
Everyone that does anything serious on a computer most likely has tons of bookmarked sites sitting in their browser. I suggest setting up Google Reader, adding all of your frequented blogs to that, and then deleting all of your blog bookmarks. Now you just go to Google Reader to read all of your favorite blogs and news. For all of your other bookmarked sites that aren’t blogs, I say organize them well. Think tree structure again.
5. Delete old databases, domain names, programs that you will never use again.
As I mentioned earlier, when I started affiliate marketing, I bought tons of useless domain names. I set them up, loaded some files onto the server, and forgot about them the next day. This not only costs money, but all of the extra sites will do nothing but distract you. Delete them. Delete the databases that you set up with them. Turn off the auto-renew setting so you don’t have to pay for them again next year. Stop playing like that stupid domain name is going to make you millions. It probably could, but are you really going to take the time to develop it? Be honest with yourself. Save yourself the $9.99 re-registration fee.
Let me guess: now you all of a sudden have better things to do? I promise, if you do everything, or even one thing I suggested above, the next time you are in a productive mood, your work will be much more efficient! You won’t have to stumble through all of your old folders to find that file you were looking for. I find that the less I have to think about the stupid little things, the much more efficient I become. Stop wasting time with a cluttered up computer, FTP client, and browser. Make your processes more efficient, so that you can accomplish untold amounts of work the next time you aren’t being lazy. 😉
Got more tips? Lemme hear in the comments.