Some compulsions come from urban legends – that never shutting down your computer, for example, means never forcing it to make the processor-straining effort to turn itself back on. Others are fully unconscious, such as papering your PC desktop with saved files and wondering why it's suddenly stuttering or crashing, or charging your phone whenever you're near an outlet, and later complaining about your plummeting battery capacity. Here are some of the most common maladaptive tech habits, and the easiest ways to break them.
Cluttering Your Desktop
Imagine if the messier your bedroom got, the slower you moved through it, the molasses-like pace decreasing with each discarded magazine or sock. That's what happens to a computer desktop that's cluttered with files, as the machine is forced to constantly index, account for, and generally expend processing resources on those items in plain sight. A slow PC can often see a huge boost in speed, as soon as files are swept off the desktop, and into folders.
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