Things We Hear and See: Plug Into Spring

Plug Into Spring by Marvin Thompson, Jr.

Thankfully, we are beginning to see remnants of sidewalks and driveways that had not been seen since mid-December.  A bit more cracked than we remembered, but nevertheless the pavement (and our faces), are receiving a few more rays of sun these days as Spring gets closer.

With 50 degree days just around the corner, now is the time for some Spring cleaning, but not the usual go-to tasks:  the garage, the basement, closets; these Spring cleaning jobs are a never-ending project, and most of us don’t get around to them until October (if we’re lucky), anyway.  But here are a few Spring cleaning projects that can be done in minimal time, yet will still prove useful in your daily routine.   While you work, take a listen to The Manhattan Transfer Sing Joy Spring.  This song is sure to get you in the mood for springtime: http://youtu.be/Q6t_FGjWR0A

  1. Backup your smartphone.  If your cell phone is performing slowly, it may be time to backup or delete those items you don’t regularly need.  Photos, voicemail messages, music and voice recordings can all be backed up to your personal computer via USB, iCloud or other means, depending on the make and model of your phone.  Once these items are saved to your computer remember to delete them from your phone.
  2. Clean your email inbox.  There is no need for you to have 3,000 new emails in your inbox!  If you haven’t read it by now, it probably wasn’t that important, anyway.  Since items such as coupons and gift certificates can be sent to your phone, you can safely delete those store ad and promotional emails.  For a faster goodbye to these emails, most email platforms allow you to select a “delete” box at the top of your email screen so you can delete 25 or more emails at once.
  3. Backup your hard drive.  Purge unused files on your laptop or personal computer.  Older tax files or documents from projects that are a few years old should all be backed up to an external hard drive.  This will free up needed space on your computer and allow for smoother program operations and fewer crashes.
  4. Cable check.  Check your charger and USB cables for your phone and computers.  A tear in the cable cover could result in a poor charge or an electrical mishap.  Make sure you keep extra cables on hand for the car and office.

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