Digital Backlog Scramble Before Sick Leave

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I know, it’s a long title but it goes into everything that’s going to be said. In early June I’ll have to do something I was hoping not to do for a long time: go into the hospital for surgery again. This time it’s to deal with a hernia near the area I had the last surgical work done. That means I won’t be posting here for however long it takes to heal up so I can do clutter clearing except to keep you updated on healing so you know when I’ll be de-cluttering again.

Since I’m worried about yet another backlog of emails, DVR, and YouTube I want to take the few weeks I have before then to focus on getting that done. It’s horrendous enough as it is. I’ll try to do some more reviews before its time so there’s something worth reading but that’s what I’ll be doing until I go in and when I get out. Maybe I’ll be able to go on my tablet in the hospital and give me something to do when I get home to recover but I want this pile dealt with as much as possible. I’ll keep you informed, but this is just another example of how this year has been using my physical shell to keep me from getting any of my goals for 2021 met, especially my projects. It’s getting on my nerves, but hopefully this still won’t be as bad as 2016 was.

Quick Report: Learning My Smartphone

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With my back still a bit tender my ability to do any heavy cleaning is suspect. There’s this one small spot in the small of my back, which is the spot it usually starts, still being restrictive. So this week I decided what I really need to do is go through my new smart phone and learn all the apps. This is something I’ve not really done in the past but long since should have done on my old phone. I even added an app or two to improve function but I don’t want to bother putting too much on. However it is still clutter clearing as any app I couldn’t use or wasn’t interested in was taken off…if it could. I also cleaned out a bit of my library and wishlist for apps I’ll never want to use.

Having apps that can’t be removed is sort of a pet peeve of mine when it comes to smartphones. I didn’t have this problem on the tablet, which has the same storage issue as my old phone, where I can’t even update the darn thing without a fight anymore. (My computer-savvy friend says that Android likes to take up a lot of space, and I’ve noticed that when I install a new update it doesn’t delete anything from the old one, which takes up even more space.) The big issue though is that smartphones have these apps you can’t get rid of even if it doesn’t affect the working of the phone. I don’t need the Facebook app on there because I’m rarely online when I’m out. (I don’t have a data plan and only use public WiFi when necessary. I don’t even have the phone on when I’m home most of the time.) I certainly don’t need Uber because I have a car and it’s already rare when I use it these days. And yet I can’t pull them off of the old phone. Heck, Google just canceled Google Play Music in favor of their YouTube Music app (I would have done it the other way around but what do I know?) I can’t use the app anymore except when downgraded to listen to the old radio shows and music I have on the SD card but for some reason it’s an app you can’t pull off, and yet Google Play Games is, despite being still active and one I probably use more. It just eats up space and it’s used for the function of the phone or basic operations. Why, Google? What makes you think this is a good idea? I just disable them so they won’t update again but it’s still clutter.

So get to know your apps and see which ones you’ll actually use. It takes up space and if you can remove it, do so. If you can’t, uninstall all the updates and disable it so it won’t waste even more space. It’s an odd sort of clutter project and I don’t know if iPhone and Windows Phone users have to suffer through this nonsense but it’s a good idea. Also, get a micro SD card and transfer all your pictures, videos, audio files, and contacts to that. If you use a media app or navigational map program that lets you download, make sure it’s set to that micro SD card. You’d be surprised how quickly space on your phone or tablet gets eaten up.

Victory On The Email Project

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Well, I did it. Actually I went a bit over the current goal but still not fulfilling the complete goal. My immediate goal was to get both my “work” and “personal” emails read up to 2018. I did that with the “work” email but the personal email was actually a lot easier. While the “work” email has potential “evergreen” articles I can use for my other site (and even some for this one should I resume this project or just not have time to do a full project, which has happened, the “personal” account had mostly offers for stuff that are no longer valid and outdated news reports. So I ended up cutting out a lot of it. That one is pretty much done, though I still have more in the “work” email to go through.

Meanwhile I’ve managed to keep up to date with new articles, being a day or two behind at the most thanks to what I’ve learned doing this. That’s certainly going to make things easier. Hopefully I won’t need another email project to get all caught up but it could be a good project if I’m tired or otherwise too ill to do any of the major project or a photo shoot for reviews, which will leave me with potential filler articles for you guys in the future.

However I do want to get back to the physical projects. With luck next week will be the redo of the homemade drawer dividers. Of course my plans aren’t always successful so we’ll have to wait and see.

Filler Article: 5 Common Clutter Mistakes (plus email project update)

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So this weekend (if you count Friday) basically took a bit out of me and I didn’t get started on stuff the way I wanted. That and making the mistake of dealing with both my e-mail backlog and my YouTube backlog at the same time (needing a nap after getting a late start hurt me too) meant I only got to clean out e-mails from June back to half-way through March. This was a goof on my part. Using the YouTube videos to give my eyes a break isn’t a bad idea, but trying to listen to videos I didn’t need to watch (and of course watching the ones I did) while going over newsletters to see if there was anything to read, linking to the website to read it when the video was done, and then going over all those tabs was not as helpful as I’d hoped. Kind of annoyed really as I’ve been doing so well I was convinced I’d get through 2019 this week, at least for the “work” e-mail backlog.

Meanwhile, I came across an article about the five common mistakes of clutter organizing…or the lack thereof…and admittedly I’m probably guilty of a few of these myself. Though as longtime readers know I prefer to make my own organizers out of cardboard rather than spend money on fixed dividers.

Quick Report: Email & Hiatus

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This week I did some more email catching up. I was hoping to finish the whole year’s worth of emails. Yes, my backlog is that bad. I only made it to April, as if to further emphasize the point. I think I want to focus my Saturdays on getting caught up on this project, but it’s kind of boring to write “I did more emails” week after week so I think I’m going to pull away from new reports until this is done, or at least until I catch up to 2019. On both my work email and my personal one, the latter of which I didn’t even get to. If I take time to do other projects, like if I get the cardboard I need to redo the art supply drawer, or some other project that needs to be done, I’ll report on it. Otherwise there won’t be new updates until the clear 2019 emails goal at least is reached.

If you’re curious what else I’m up to in the meantime, check out my other website, where I discuss the art of storytelling via various methods. Some reviews I’ve done here came from there and vice versa, and of course the book report I do comes after the Chapter By Chapter weekly reviews. Otherwise I hope to be back here soon when I have projects to report on but these inboxes aren’t going to clean themselves and I’ll be using the methods discussed in previous email-clearing articles. Stay safe and keep decluttering!

Quick Report: Virtual Clutter Cleaning Inspired By Tropical Storm?

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Tropical storm Isaias didn’t hit Connecticut directly but we did get some of the outskirts of the storm. As I write this parts of the state are still without power, but we were lucky and only lost power for a few hours. For some reason my laptop battery wasn’t charged despite being on the docking station, which yes was plugged in wise guy. I thought I had some movies on my tablet…nothing major, just some fan films I had downloaded but I didn’t. Also I hadn’t charged it since the last use and it was down to 2%. Luckily my dad’s laptop was working so we watched a DVD to help pass the time and played some games. His tablet was also charged…and has more storage space than mine.

So for this week’s project I wanted to put some of those movies on the tablet’s microSD card so if this happens again I’ll be ready. Except there wasn’t any on my computer. It was all on the backup drive, so I went there and not only downloaded a few videos to keep me occupied but reorganized some of the videos and deleted multiples I didn’t need that showed up when I altered the file system on my old computer. It was kind of like doing two projects at once. Now if I could figure out how to clean the junk out of the tablet that’s sucking up all the storage space.

Quick Report: Virtual Clutter Meets Virtual Shutdown

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I wasn’t going to go two weeks without a report but once again my plans got screwed up. The goal this week was to get caught up on all the articles in my RSS feed. On Friday I actually got to read a few and I thought on Saturday I could finish up. There was also an online convention I was hoping to watch during the day. However on Saturday something was messing with the computer and I had to restart it a few times because everything wanted to update or scan at the same time. I got through the rest of the day after deciding the convention was not in line with the time I had left and other things to do. I got a few more articles read but not all of them.

Then comes Sunday. The computer is now stuck in some kind of diagnostic hell and won’t properly start. I’m hoping I can get going without losing all the stuff I don’t have backed up. Either way I know what my next project is going to be. I need to reorganize my back-up drive and back-up my important files before this happens again. In the meantime I have to work from the XP laptop, which is going to be a problem since files I need for the other site are on the malfunctioning computer so I don’t know what’s going to happen this week. I thought the computer issues were behind me.

Quick Report: Drives And Media Libraries

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I was going to dust in the bathroom today but for some reason I was really tired all day. But I did get some stuff done. My dad recently purchased one of those external floppy drives because we both have floppy disks from the days when those mattered, and there are still some fun games on them. Not all of them will work in his Windows 8 computer but they’ll work on my XP laptop and maybe even his 7 laptop if we can get it running again. So I had to see if that was working. Seems to be okay.

I spent the rest of the day finally getting back to my other site’s media library, filling in the descriptions to better find an image I might need. It’s a nice trip down memory lane as my 10th anniversary running that site is this month. I got through all of 2010’s pictures, and if that took most of the day you can imagine how many images I had to go through, taking time away to avoid eye strain of course. Next time I have to work on 2011. It’s not much but at least I did something today.

Quick Report: Updating My Media Library part 2

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Recently in my virtual clutter projects I talked about organizing the media library of this website, so I could more easily find a photo that would work in a current article that I used in a past one. Well, I run another website, the one I occasionally borrow media reviews from. This one usually updates every day, barring life issues, instead of weekly and has been running for a lot longer. So there are a lot more images on that site to go over. This collection of files on the site is referred to as a media library, so don’t confuse it with me doing things with my videos or comics or something. Since this week included buttoning up and disconnected my air conditioners as the weather in Connecticut gets colder I decided this would be an easy project.

“Easy” does not mean quick. In the time I had, with a few extra hours taken from the day before, I only managed to get up to 2010. That includes the first two months of 2008 the site was running and all of 2009. This being 2018 and not counting the large amount of time off took in 2016 or when I had a service called Zemanta (later named Sovrn) that I could use for images (the service no longer exists and I don’t know where to find a replacement service for images and external site links connected to a topic, which also hurts this site), there is still a whole lot of work. Comic reviews, images used in articles, logos…it all has to be gone through. As I get closer to modern-day there will be more images with searchable descriptions I can use to find what I want (I’ve gotten better at that recently) but I have to put those descriptions on years worth of pictures.

If I was able to do two months a day I could do a year a week, but considering I failed to do something similar with the emails I will be happily surprised if I pull that off. I found images I didn’t remember I had and images I knew I had but would never come up because they weren’t titled or described right. With this problem solved things will run smoother, as hopefully they will with the site you’re currently reading which I also organized. I’ve still got time to go through the physical clutter before I decorate for Christmas, a time where other projects will dominate. I may return to the virtual clutter then when I don’t have other projects to do first. But the image organizing has to be done. It’s one of those projects I put off for too long. Add to the list I guess. This one is more “professional” than other clutter projects but it’s still clutter and fighting clutter is what this site is about. So onward I press.

Quick Report: Back-Up Clean-Up

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I took the week off to get a few things done, although I think I rested more than I actually worked. Next week is going to be really loaded, so I’ll be taking that week away as well. But since I already missed a week in clutter maintenance I opted to fit the project in this week. It was all about clearing space on my back-up hard drive, and I did most of that this week. I went through and deleted files I no longer need, and made sure it was all organized in the same folders I use currently in my computer. There are things on the back-up drive that I don’t have on the main computer for whatever reason but I still wanted it and thus it stayed. And I also added stuff to the back-up drive that I still want but hadn’t put up there yet.

I’m not quite done though. My video files are a mess and I have to compare them not only with my computer but my project drive for video work. I need to see what I have and what I don’t and make the proper adjustments. I don’t know if I’ll get to it next week because there’s so much going on so don’t be surprised if there’s no post next week, but I’m going to try because this bit of virtual clutter clearing is not the last of it. I also have more physical clutter to go through but this needs to get done if I’m going to get projects done and save my computer data if something happens to my machine. I’ll keep you posted, and we will get to the larger physical projects and reviews in due time.

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