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Your digital desktop, like your physical desktop, can have a big impact on your conscious and unconscious mental state as it’s the first thing you see when you turn on your computer.

  • Set aside 30-60 minutes today to address your desktop (more if it’s really full). Consider putting a fun photo as your screensaver for a daily dose of a positive memory every time you turn on your computer. 🙂
  • Items on the desktop usually fall into one of three categories
    • ACTION – something you need to do
    • REFERENCE – something you want to keep but no further action is required
    • TRASH – some document or program you no longer need/use
  • If you don’t currently have any digital filing system, start by creating 5-10 folders by theme (e.g. home, work, finances, medical, kids, etc). You can create additional sub-folders within the initial theme folders later if you find you want greater levels of organization in the future, but for now this will give you a place to put reference documents currently living on your desktop.

P.S. We included the computer desktop in a tidying challenge we did last year.  For inspo for today’s challenge, see below for my cousin Leo’s computer desktop organizing “win” from that challenge! 

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