If you’re reading this post, then most probably you’re a literate computer (or tablet) user, unless somebody intentionally printed this post for you to read, then you might find these tips (somewhat) useful.
- Save your work often.
If you’re a student or a person who uses a computer at work, then, saving often is a must. You never know when there might be a power outage, or there may be moments when you unintentionally restarted your computer (it happens). Also, if you’re software has an auto-save feature, enable it.
- Backup your important files regularly.
Although having a backup on a different folder location is somewhat helpful; there are times when a whole drive can malfunction — so it is preferable to backup your files in a different location, like in a USB thumb drive or a file storage service such as Dropbox.
- Bookmark important sites.
Sometimes, we might stumble-upon useful sites by just clicking random links. Since the URL, which stands for Uniform Resource Locator (the thing in the address bar that starts with http:// …), can be hard to remember, it is advisable to bookmark any site you may want to revisit in the future.
Also, it can be helpful to organize your favorite sites into categories (e.g., Blogging, Health, Fun, etc.)
- Write down online accounts that you use.
Since there are lots of online sites that needs login information (e.g., facebook, gmail, twitter, etc.), it would be wise to write the accounts that you use somewhere. It can be on an index card or on a simple text document if you prefer.
Tip: If you’re going to write down your password as well, a trick I use is to put an asterisk (*) on some or most of the characters — in able to make them hard to decipher — if ever your written accounts is seen by someone else.
For example, ‘Happy20Flower’ can be changed to ‘H*p**2*F****r’; still, you must remember what characters stand for the asterisks.
- Google it.
“Seriously? Are you kidding me?” In my experience, there are several times when people ask another person a question — which can be easily answered by google.
For instance, somebody asks someone, “Do you know what the capital of Iceland is?” (Answer: Reykjavik.) When a simple google search can resolve his query.
But who knows, they might be asking that person just to be social, which is good — but probably that person will “google” the answer too, and just relay it to them like a messenger.
There you have it folks. You may have already been practicing most of these tips, if that’s the case, then good for you. As we use modern devices — like computers, cellphones, or tablets — we’re building habits — every time we use them. So, might as well build good habits that brings good results.