As part of getting things ready for the wedding (my parents have 15 people staying over!), my Dad rearranged my room. My series of graphic novels were stacked (out of order); my closet was stuffed with a number of boxes that had previously been sorted around the room; but most interestingly, he found a USB key that I thought I’d lost ages ago. It’s always interesting to see what’s lying around on old drives — and how much you just don’t need anymore.
Some examples of crap I likely no longer need:
- About 20 old resumes: it would seem that I was saving copies every time I started a new major project in a job
- Tons of portable versions of apps that I no longer need to be portable — or ever need at all
- Project files for failed projects — gotta love it when groups fall out!
But it wasn’t ALL useless. There were some gems in there too! The stuff I found were old story ideas, to-do lists and emails — things I’d long forgotten about, but meant to do!
So I started putting things where they belonged:
- Fish ‘N’ Chimps character and story info got consolidated in my story plan run through MacJournal
- I took my list of “Movies to See” and “Books to Read” and put it in a Gmail draft so I can actually remember where they are next time I want to hit up the video store or the library (there was a list of sites to visit, but the majority of them are long-dead or just irrelevant to me now)
But really, what I’m trying to say is that if you take a look on your hard drive and check out the old files, you’ll definitely find some gems — things that are still useful to you, or incite fond memories — but I promise that you’ll also find a good deal of crap; and you’ll be far better off if you get rid of it! This has totally inspired me to really make something of all the stuff lying around; maybe turn it all into something useful for people!
I didn’t just stop with the old files, though — emails, accounts and useless media get the same treatment. I’m “discrimihating” on the old me and taking a new direction this year. I don’t think I’ll miss anything that’s been unceremoniously sent to the exit door!
So do yourself a favour; don’t just clean your room — clean up your virtual being, too.
And with that, it’s back to the grind!
Have a great one,