Over the past week I have been hearing from family members, friends and, ADD Coaching clients about computer horror stories. Sometimes computers just crash and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. More often than not there are things that can be done to prevent a lot of the stress associated with computer problems!
It’s very important especially to those of us to with ADD the we have a regular system in place to maintain our computers. I admit that while I know the steps needed to maintain my computer it wasn’t until very recently that I began doing them on a regular basis. Like so many people with ADD, I had to learn the hard way before I developed a system to make sure my computer is being maintained.
Here are 4 very important things every computer user should be doing:
- Back up – Make sure that you back up at the very least your important documents and files. You may want to save them to a disk, an external hard drive, or an online storage system. Also make sure you back up regularly. How often to back depends on how you use your own computer.
- Defrag – If your computer is running very slow there’s a good chance it needs to be defragmented. You should probably be defragmenting your hard drive at least once or twice per month.
- Clear your Temporary Internet Files and Cookies – If you are having trouble viewing some sites and the internet seems slow you probably need to delete your temporary internet files (cache) and cookies. Heavy users should probably be doing this weekly and light users monthly.
- Anti-virus Software – Not only should you have anti-virus software on your computer you also need to make sure the definitions are up to date. If your anti-virus software isn’t being updated on a weekly basis it’s pretty much useless. Most anti-virus software programs automatically update each week but it’s a good idea to double check and make sure the program is working correctly.
If some of these terms scare you and you have no idea what I am talking about that’s okay. Part of developing your system may involve delegating these tasks to somebody else or educating yourself about your computer.
Have you found a system to maintain your computer that works for you?