Lose weight, save money, stress less – these are the usual vows we make to ourselves. But what about our digital deeds for 2021? From remembering to back up data, organise digital photos, manage phone time and clear your junk mail – here’s a few tech resolutions from Tekkie Help to get you started.
#1 Back up data
What would you do if you lost all your family photos, important documents and files? Data loss is a real issue and the consequences can be devastating. A backup is, at minimum, a second copy of your data. Ideally you will also have a third copy in a different location – physical or in the Cloud – to mitigate fire/flood damage. But remember, a “backup drive” is not a backup unless it is also somewhere else!
#2 Organise digital photos
You’re not alone if your digital photo collection is in a state of chaos. Photos on multiple devices, photo libraries full of duplicate photos or lack of order or labelling are the most common issues. If this sounds like you, it’s time to start bringing order. Set aside time each month to import and sort phone photos and add labels to them, to make finding them quick and easy. Why not create annual photobooks so you can share your memories with family and friends? If you need help with developing a good photo management strategy and a secure backup, you can join one of the Tekkie Help workshops to learn how!
#3 Put down your phone!
Be conscious of the time you spend on your phone – whether it’s standing in line, in the back of a cab, at the dinner table or in bed. Phones are incredible tools, sure, but they can suck up all our spare time and reduce quality time spent with family and friends. Cutting back on screen time may be the hardest of these resolutions to keep, but it will be one of the most rewarding! One tool that may help is “Moment”, an iOS app that tracks overall phone usage and teaches you how to reduce it. (Android users should check out QualityTime.)
#4 Detox your inbox
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This article first appeared in the January 2020 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!