With all the rain we are experiencing it is a perfect time to stay indoors and spring clean – especially to declutter in IT. It’s time to tackle the projects or internal maintenance that has been put off because the IT department has been working tirelessly for clients and the company. Yes, a task such as spring cleaning doesn’t get many people excited but making time to reorganize and get your head back on straight is needed not only for IT but everyone!
We spring clean at home so why can’t we reap the same benefits at work too?
Here are a few quick wins to get your spring cleaning rolling:
1.Clean up the data. Without doing this sometimes the initiatives we have prioritized for the company end up as a distraction and increase costs. It’s better to get ahead of it now.
2.Out with the old and in with the new. Do you see that laptop sitting in the corner? You know the one I am talking about, it’s broken. The cords are tangled and haven’t been used in years. The box of paper needs to be shredded. You may not think this is a big deal but psychologically it can impact productivity and increase stress. It’s an easy fix that won’t take long. Toss things out, send the paper to the shredder and see what is outdated and maybe what software you are missing.
When we make the time for this annual ritual we become more productive because we don’t spend so much time looking for things; whether this is on your desk or data you need to find. Sure, it will require a bit of time up front but what is your time worth? Would you rather work in chaos or harmony? Would you rather know where the data is or spend hours every month, frustrated trying to find it?
It’s time for a little IT spring cleaning and data transformation.