So it’s the end of the year and I’ve finally decided to do the things I’ve put off. I’ve taken an organizational priority over my file system and done the following:
- Move all important files to local Dropbox sync folders. The initial free 3GB of storage is good enough for me. The benefit is I can now view my files across all devices, and feel better that they are being backed up. I had 3 desktop folders: Incoming, To Read, To Do, To Print and To Listen which had hundreds of files. I had to decide which ones I still wanted and which ones were now irrelevant.
- Setup GitHub on my Windows and Mac, install the respective clients and organize my source code into repositories. I’ve delayed this for a while and realize as a developer, I need to start structuring my source code project files better.
- Clean up my inbox. Although a zero inbox was not possible, I did manage to remove a ton of emails and labels which I no longer used. I also ran through all my contacts and purged the ones I no longer found value in.
- Re-value existing content. I went through most of the files in my Google Drive and tried to figure out how to get the most value out of all my notes, articles and outlines. I deleted some files, and merged others for a future eBook, blog post or action item.
- Signed up for Evernote. Haven’t spent much time on it but
- Cleaned up my desktop. Stardock, the company that sells a Windows 8 Start Button, also has a desktop filing tool called Fences. I really enjoy organizing my desktop items into categories.
- Experimented with JetBrains IntelliJ. I plan on using this IDE instead of Eclipse for all future Android development.
I did all this or make room for more data next year. I plan on doing a better job of filing data into the right folders, and reading all those articles and eBooks which I wanted to read last year.
Also, I did a lot by the end of the year, I wish I could have done (or bought) more like the following:
- Buy a Chromebook and Nexus 7 tablet. I like the idea of a web-based IDE and always wanted to try it on a Chromebook.
- Get more productivity tools for Mac and Windows. For example TextExpander and better writing and development tools.
- Build a PC gaming rig. Games these days are so intense that you just can play them on a laptop with an Intel graphics card.