It’s 2019, and most of your new year’s resolutions probably tied to your health. Whether you want to eat healthier, exercise more, or reduce your stress levels, all of these goals boil down to one thing: better health and self-care. If you skipped over personal health resolutions, you may have chosen a career goal. Getting better organized, getting promoted, getting a new job… no matter what your resolution is this new year, there’s a way to accomplish both moves all at once. How?
Clean your computer.
1. Deep clean your keyboard and mouse.
The things people touch the most are filthy. Doorknobs are covered in germs. You might feel the deep compulsion to wash your hands after a long meeting full of introductions and shaking hands.
This is even truer for technology. Phones can carry thousands of different types of bacteria. Keyboards and your computer mouse can carry just as many. Unfortunately, because they aren’t easy to move and they can’t be near water, the germs just grow and grow.
Put a stop to it this month. Wipe your keyboard clean with a slightly damp cloth or wipe. If you have an older keyboard with deep keys, make sure you get between the crevices where dust and crumbs can accumulate. If you see grunge just out of reach, stop by your local shop for a can of compressed air. The nozzle can fit in-between the keys. Repeat with all of the crevices in your mouse.
But don’t just do it once. Set a reminder so you clean your keyboard and mouse once a month or at least once a quarter. Not only does this save your hands from constant germ exposure, but your computer will also look cleaner.
2. Wipe the screen clean.
You might not touch your laptop screen or monitor as much as you would a touchscreen device, but that doesn’t mean it’s in a hermetically sealed vacuum. Over time, it will accumulate dust, dirt, and fingerprint smudges.
Think about your windshield and the last time you cleaned it: you didn’t really notice how poor the visibility was until everything was crystal clear. Whether you notice it or not, a dirty screen causes eyestrain. This gets worse and worse the longer you stare at your computer.
So wipe it clean with a microfiber or glasses cleaning cloth that won’t smear or scratch the surface. Even the smallest improvement can reduce the stress, headaches, and sore eyes that you end the workday with.
3. Vacuum the vents.
Dust isn’t just getting into your keyboard or ingrained on your computer screen. It’s also getting caught in the vents of your computer. If you have a standard desktop computer, it doesn’t matter whether it’s kept on your desk or stowed on the floor. Dust, hair, and fabric fibers are going to start obstructing the airflow.
Gently vacuum both the vents near the fan and any ports on the side of your computer or laptop. Once they get clogged, your computer’s fan has to work harder and harder to maintain a consistent temperature. Not only does that wear everything out faster, but the fan also won’t be able to keep up; eventually, your computer will overheat.
4. Clean up your cords.
A messy desk is bad for your health. Clutter, knotted up cords, and scattered papers can all contribute to your stress level. Study after study focus on how a messy environment makes it harder to focus (no matter how exciting the task is). So untangle your cords, zip tie them together, and run them down the back of your desk.
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