Tips to clean up and prep your tech for 2014

Let’s get 2014 off to a good start. Here are a few things to prep your tech for the new year.

1. TECH: Manage your passwords.

I don’t know about you, but I’m forgetting a password daily. I vow to start using a password keeper app and have heard good things about 1Password. What do you use?

2. EMAIL: Get to InBox Zero

I have a confession to make: At the end of every year, I cheat my way to InBox Zero. I create a folder and name it InBox [Year], then move everything from my InBox into that year’s folder. Voila! Empty Inbox. I can still search to find something if I need it, but I get to start the new year with an empty InBox.

3. EMAIL: Filter your email newsletter subscriptions.

A handy app that bundles your email newsletters into fewer emails is Unroll.me. You can also easily unsubscribe from the ones you don’t want by clicking a button on their interface. Another email declutterer is Sanebox.

4. TWITTER: Disconnect old apps.

When logged into Twitter.com, click on the gear on the top right corner of your Twitter page and select Settings. Then click Apps on the left side, and you’ll see the apps that you’ve given permission to connect to your Twitter account. I bet there are some in there that are years old and some may no longer exist or not exist as the original app you connected. I had over 230 apps connected to my Twitter account before I cleaned it up, by the way, so don’t feel bad.

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5. TWITTER: Unfollow dead weight.

Deciding who to follow on Twitter (or if to follow back) is a personal choice, however, you can assess who you are following for criteria such as “not following back” or “fake” or “quiet” to unfollow accounts that aren’t adding value to your Twitter stream (you decide what is valuable). By unfollowing dead weight, you can also improve your following ratio (ideally, more people are following you than you are following). I use ManageFlitter to clean up Twitter.

6. FACEBOOK: Update your personal profile (About section).

You may be keeping your Facebook Page About section updated (you are, right?), but what about your personal profile? Click on the About section of your personal Facebook account profile (under your cover images and to the right of your profile photo). Update sections such as Work and Education, Professional Skills, Places Lived, Relationship, Family, Basic Information and Contact Information. If you manage any Pages, you can also click “Edit” and choose up to five Pages that will be featured on your personal About section. If you manage less than five, they will simply show up as a Page you’re either an admin for or you’ve created.

Ah, now doesn’t that feel so much better?

What are some of your tech tips to prep for the new year?

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