Desk Tour

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This is the first post in a mini-series about my desk! The next post will be on Monday šŸ™‚ Today, I’m going to be giving you all a tour of my desk! This was requested when I asked for post ideas- if you have any more, please let me know on this post.

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An overview of my desk

Note: the table to the left (which you can just barely see in the picture, oops!) is part of my desk too, but it doesn’t have anything on it and it’s really just a place to spread out when doing homework or taking notes.

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Closer shot of my desk šŸ™‚

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This is the wall above my whiteboard- I generally keep encouraging quotes, calendars, and tools up here. (I also just realized that I still have my January calendar up- I cropped some of it out of the photo but it’s up there. oops!

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My current Verso de Memoria (Memory Verse) for Spanish class: Proverbios 3:1-8 (Proverbs)

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An adorable bible verse that a lady in our church made my mom- you bet I snatched it right up! (Actually my mom gave it to me, don’t worry)

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I honestly don’t need this anymore, but it’s a chart to remember the regular verb conjugations in Spanish. I made it toward the beginning of the school year when I was having a lot of trouble with them..

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Wow this is… not so cute? I made this a while ago, maybe I’ll make a new one to put up there.

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Now we’re onto the whiteboard! I copied this art (can you tell I’m not an artist at all?) from something I found that I liked. Great verse, but I didn’t do it very well šŸ˜¦

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I’m trying to earn ~300 dollars for a Christian camp I want to go to this summer, and this is a super simple tracker I made for it šŸ™‚

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I’m tracking the amount of practice time for piano in February, so I just printed out a cute calendar šŸ™‚

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My handy dandy expo markers (which are totally crooked, oops)

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My little… storage tray? I normally keep books on it. Right now I have a notepad, birthday card (actually my birthday was not recent, I have no idea why that’s there…) The Scarlet Pimpernel, and a math book I got from the library.

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My planner!

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An ugly shot of my computer. Pretty self-explanatory, I guess.

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My random little storage thingys. The pencil pouch holds my brush pens, pens, pencils, and highlighters.

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The cute but falling apart folder holder my brothers made me. It holds all my school folders and stuff, haha.

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My random box of papers + craft supplies… it’s a mess but organized if that makes sense? I’ve had the box/drawer since age 5 which explains the stickers on the front… lol.

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This is the top drawer of that cube thingy. I put my bigger binders + books I’m reading for school in here.

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Currently reading for school:

The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderĀ by C.S. Lewis (actually we just finished this, on toĀ The Silver Chair)

The History of the Kings of Britian by Geoffrey

Richard lllĀ by Shakespeare (we just finished this one too, Ephesians from the Bible next)

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And this horribly blurry picture of my dictionary šŸ™‚

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My Spanish and Science binders

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Below the drawer in the cube is where I put my textbooks/manuals.

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And ending with this awful self-timer picture of me writing in my planner šŸ™‚

 

 

Thanks for reading šŸ™‚ Happy (Belated) Valentine’s Day! Did you all read the story behind it in school? We did, every single class and then later at dinner, hahaha.

 

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The complete guide to clearing your inbox

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Guess what I did on Sunday afternoon? I cleaned out my inbox!! And guess what it looks like now? There is NO new mail at all, and it really is very refreshing. Also, if you look at the image above, in the bottom left corner, it only has used 5% of the availableĀ space. That is cutting in half what it was before.

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Why

Why should you clean out your email?

1. You don’t actually need a lot of the emails that you have in your inbox.

2. It’s really refreshing to have a clear inbox.

3. You can download old images and actually use them instead of just keeping them in your archives.

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The process

This isn’t specifically how you do it, but it is how I did it.

  1. Clear out old folders.

I used to store all of the blog posts from blogs I was subscribed to in folders. That wasn’t really the best idea. I never went back to look at them, and if I did, then it wasn’t by going to the folder- it was by going to the blog! I started by deleting these. If I did find something that was important to me (something that another person didn’t have a backup of, that I had gone back to look at multiple times in the last 6 weeks, or something that I knew I would needĀ  in the future, I moved it into a new set of folders titledĀ ImportantĀ and divided into a subset of 5 folders:Ā Blog, Family, Passwords, Photos, School.Ā 

2. Clear Spam, Trash, and Promotions.

Unless it is actually something that shouldn’t be in these categories, most of the items in these folders can be completelyĀ deleted.

3.Ā  Start throwing away unimportant items from your main inbox.

In this step, don’t begin to deal with sentimental items, items you’re not sure about, or items you know you want to keep. This step is for deleting stuff you know you don’t want, so it should be pretty easy. I actually cut the number of emails in my inbox in half by doing this (from 1000 to 500).

4. Items you’re not sure about.

This is when you can start thinking. If you haven’t looked at it in the last 6 weeks and don’t plan to in the next 6 weeks, then youĀ probably don’t need it. However, this method isn’t right all the time, so you do decide to keep it, then categorize it into folders you’ve created. (If you haven’t done that yet, then do that now.)

5. Sentimental.

You can go through and read those old emails now. I had a bunch of totally embarrassingĀ emails from when I was 7 that I thought would be really hard to delete. I ended up deleting them all; when would I need emails telling random people that Grandma was going to buy marshmallows? However, this may be harder for you, so if it’s really that hard, you can make a folder (I do stress, though, don’t put them in your important folders. Instead, make a folder titled ‘Sentimental’ so that you don’t mix them up with other, important, emails.

6. Review.

Is your inbox empty yet? If it’s not, complete the other steps again (Step 4 is probably most helpful), and when you are done, then it should be empty.

When my main inbox was empty, I went through my folders and narrowed them down even more. I downloaded all the pictures from the ‘photos’ category and deleted the original emails. I made sure I didn’t need old school emails and checked to make sure I had the backup of each thing. I checked old passwords to make sure they worked and made sure to delete those emails fully.

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By now, your inbox is probably empty, and you are probably feeling really refreshed. For me, this only took probably an hour and 15 minutes total (45 minutes for steps 1-5 on Sunday and 30 minutes for step 6 on Monday), so it actually doesn’t take as long as you expect.

 

I know this was short, but I hope you enjoyed and that this was helpful!

Bye till next Friday,

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Did you clean out your inbox? Talk to me in the comments šŸ‘‡šŸ‘‡