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November 6, 2017

How to Organize Your Computer Desktop & Increase Productivity {FREEBIE}

How to Organize Your Computer Desktop

The New Year is slowly approaching, and if you are anything like me, you are busy getting things in order. Between cleaning for the holidays and getting things organized so you can crush your goals, sometimes things get forgotten. And one of these things that get forgotten is out computers, the desktop to be exact. I created a free desktop wallpaper to help show you how to organize your computer desktop in order to increase your productivity. The less time we spend searching for our files, the more time we can spend on working. I’ll admit, sometimes I have to spend a few minutes searching for a file because I forgot where I saved it. Hopefully, this screensaver will help save us some time, but at the very least makes us look like we are fancy and organized lol.

If your desktop looks like it has exploded with files and folders everywhere or if you just need a bit more organization, this tutorial and freebie is for you.

desktop organization wallpaper

I created this desktop wallpaper to help you clear the clutter and find your documents a lot easier.

It’s pretty simple to save the photo as your wallpaper once you downloaded the image, but here’s a tutorial just in case.

For Windows
Right Click on your desktop
Click on personalization
Select Background
Under Choose Your Photo select Browse
Find where you saved the wallpaper, select it and you are done.

For MAC
Open Photos on your Mac
Click the Share Selected Photos icon in the upper right corner
Click Set Desktop Picture
You can adjust the layout of the desktop photo from your System Preferences.

Once you download the image and make it your wallpaper, you will need to actually organize the documents.

For Windows users, here is how to move your files and folders into place.
How to organize your folders and files on Windows
Simply right-click on your desktop and unclick auto arrange icons.
Now you can drag and place your icons any place you may like.

I’m unsure of how to do this on MAC. I’ll do some research (aka hop on Google) and update this post a bit later.

After you’ve set your wallpaper and figured out how to arrange your files and folders, you can start thinking about how you want to organize your desktop.

This is how I utilize my 4 sections. These are just suggestions. I’ve also uploaded a blank wallpaper for you to label them with your own sections. You can open the image in Photoshop, Canva or Picmonkey to add your own text.
Tools: This is where I store things like the recycling bin and Photoshop icons.
Business: All things Love, Jenell are stored here, from design resources to blog templates. I keep everything neatly labeled in folders so that I can find them quickly.
In Progress: If I’m working on a custom order for my Etsy shop or need to file something away, those things land here.
Personal: Cute pics of the babies or budget spreadsheets…they all go here.

And one last note, make sure that you are naming your folders and files things that you can actually remember or that are quick to file. It’s a lot easier to get work done when we aren’t taking 10 minutes to find the random file named “hska” saved in a folder titled “New Folder 5.” We can easily increase our productivity by taking 20-30 minutes to organize our desktops. The quicker we find our files, the quicker we can get to work.

Hope you liked this quick and easy tutorial on how to organize your computer desktop. If you would like to see more post like this, please leave a comment below.

Click the button below to gain access to the FREE resource library and download the wallpaper. I’ve created several resolutions in order to fit different screens, so make sure you upload the correct one.

Remember! You got this, and God’s got you!

Love,
Jenell

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