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The Benefits of Spring Cleaning Your Computer

Posted by Celeste Rininger, RN RAC-CT on May 13, 2016 12:59:04 PM

Topics: Clinical Consulting

ar.jpgSpring is here (finally!) which for many of us brings thoughts of spring-cleaning.  I grew up with spring-cleaning chores; in the house, outside in the yard, garden, flowerbeds, etc.  As an adult, the spring-cleaning chores seemed to have multiplied; we didn’t realize all of the duties our parents were completing while we complained that we had to help with the few they could partially delegate to us.  

Spring-Cleaning for Your Computer

While beginning my spring cleaning chores this cold rainy day (April showers and all that), I realized I needed to add “cleaning” my computer to my to do list.  I needed to review files, organize my photos, clear out my temporary Internet and cache files, empty trash, etc.  I began by completing cleanup chores on the computer in my office, which led to cleaning out desk drawers while waiting on the various computer processes to finish.  Before long, it looked like a bomb exploded in my office as I emptied drawers, cleaned them and began the reorganization. I stopped only when either I heard the “ding” sound indicating a task has finished in a program or the screensaver comes on because the computer sat idle too long.  I moved through the tasks on the computer and the desk; filing, shredding, reorganizing  - basically multi-tasking (as a woman I take full advantage of this ability).  Hours into my spring-cleaning I start to see the top of the desk, the computer is clean for now, but I have added to my “to do“ list to send/share photos electronically with family and friends which will have to wait for another day.  

Finishing the spring-cleaning of my computer and subsequently my desk and office evokes a sense of accomplishment. With that great feeling comes the release of dopamine (a neurotransmitter that is responsible for the feel good effect) that is leading me to want to tackle another item on my spring-cleaning chores to do list.  Who knew tackling the spring-cleaning chores could make you feel so good?