Clean up your Downloads folder in your brain

17 January 2022 - 1 min read

Finder

One bad habit that I have is not immediately tidying up my Downloads folder after downloading something from the internet. As a result, the files accumulate, and I often have difficulty finding the file I am looking for.

Ideally, I would tidy up the downloaded file as soon as the download process is complete, moving it into a folder based on its category. However, in reality, I often open the file and then forget to move it once I am done.

There are generally two types of files that I have: long-term and temporary. The long-term files are ones that I need to keep for a while, such as photos, audio files, Sketch or PSD assets. These are the types of files that I am most likely to need to access again in the future.

Temporary files are usually application master files that I no longer need once I have finished installing the application.

This same concept applies to the information that I consume from various sources, such as Facebook, TV, conversations with others, or anywhere else. It is important to sort through and decide what to keep and what to discard, as the amount of information available to us today is vast and it is easy to become overwhelmed.

Be smart about the things you choose to download, and immediately clean up the folder in your brain. Save it or delete it immediately if necessary.


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