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New year, new techy you

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While you’re sticking to that new macrobiotic diet, swearing off all vices, visiting the gym twice a day, eight days a week and learning all those new languages, skills and crafts, why not also take some time to sort out your tech life?

Between tablets, laptops and mobiles we’ve gathered a few bad habits that could do with sorting out, and what better time to do it than now?

Here are a handful of recommendations to get you started.

Reach ‘Inbox Zero’ nirvana

Have you heard of Inbox Zero – organizational nirvana where you have NO EMAILS in your inbox fighting for your attention, leaving you free to focus on more interesting work. Sounds nice, right?

There’s a whole book on Inbox Zero philosophy if you’re ready to take on email mountain, but why not start with some folders, automatic filing and ‘mark as read’ rules.

While you’re at it, unsubscribe furiously to email alerts that you delete without reading.

You can also follow the ‘4 D’ approach – delete it, do it (if it takes less than two minutes), delegate or defer it.

Don’t you feel more productive already?

Harness the power of your smartphone

Oh, you say my phone can be my personal assistant and a personal trainer, as well as turning me into a photography whizz? Sorry, I’ve been too busy playing Angry Birds.

Why not make 2013 the year that you learn something new about your smartphone? Ask your friends and family about their favourite app finds, read news articles and blogs on the latest features and upgrades and what they bring to your handset and read reviews about your handset to find out some of the cool features you might have missed.

Just avoid those recommendations for ‘addictive games’ or you might not get too far…

App spring clean

While we’re all for finding new apps, a cluttered home screen is a sign of a cluttered mind. Why not operate a one in, one out policy? Delete apps you never use as you find new favourites, or at least relegate them to the furthest corner of your smartphone so they don’t distract you.

Do you really need ALL those photo editing apps? Have you ever gone back to those hilarious novelty apps you showed everyone down the pub once and forgot about? Didn’t think so.

Password protected

When was the last time you updated your password? Do it. Do it now. Use a combination of numbers and letters, avoid obvious patterns and personal numbers like dates of birth or phone numbers and above all, don’t use the same password for everything.

Learn something new

Estonia made headlines earlier this year when it was announced that children would be taught coding. With computer literacy becoming as, if not more, important as speaking a foreign language, it makes sense to know your java from your python (that’s computer programming languages to you and me…)

You can even learn to code free with Code Academy, which breaks coding language into digestible interactive lessons, which you can whizz through or tackle over the course of a year.

After a failed attempt in 2012, this is top of my to do list for 2013. If I can get my coding skills to the same level as my rusty Spanish it’ll be a happy, tech savvy year for me!

What’s your tech resolution for 2013?

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3 comments

  1. Sian says:

    Love this article! I am dreaming of ‘” inbox zero nirvana”!

  2. Gill says:

    I’d love to clean out unused apps. I’ve tried…but they came with the phone and seem to be unable to be deleted. Any hints?

    • Adam O'grady says:

      Hi Gill,

      Some phones will have default apps that can’t be removed, but usually any apps you download you should be able to delete.

      Regards,
      Adam

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