4 hacks to The Ultimate Digital Desktop

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It is that time of the year when we start to feel overwhelmed by the school year. It’s even more frustrating because we still aren’t consistent in teaching – some of us are remote, others are face to face, and some of us are hybrid. There is one thing we can control in all of this: our digital desktop. 

Organizing your digital workspace can be quite overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. I have 4 ways to keep your digital workspace organized so that you can be less overwhelmed when planning your lessons.

Hack #1: Keep General Buckets to a Minimum

I have 6 general folders that I call my “buckets”. They are pretty general and every file that I have fits in a bucket. 

Watch this video about the buckets I use to keep myself organized.

Hack #2: Delete what you don’t use.

Yes, you read that right. You have my permission to delete all the things that you haven’t used in a while. If you are really against deleting your stuff, buy a flash drive and upload all the stuff you haven’t used in the last 3 years to it. I promise it’ll be okay. 

Hack #3: Make time to organize your digital desktop regularly.

Set an alarm on your phone every week at the same time for you to organize. Take your downloads folder and drag and drop what you’ve downloaded into the folders they belong.

Hack #4: Create paperless systems to keep yourself organized.

Set up paperless systems to organize files that you have lying around your classroom. Use your favorite spreadsheet tool to keep yourself together. You’d be surprised at how much a spreadsheet like Google Sheets can do for you! Read about more ways to use Google Sheets here!

That’s it! Once you have a system in place, staying organized isn’t as much of a struggle. As long as you use these four hacks, you’ll be organized and sittin’ pretty on your digital desktop.



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Hi, I'm Alexandra!

I am a fourth-grade math teacher turned elementary tech teacher. I help upper elementary math teachers like YOU get organized digitally and engage students with digital tools. When I’m not teaching, you can find me taking long walks with my dog, Frannie, or travelling (especially to Disney World)!