Time for a computer clean-up? (Image: Flickr user garryknight.)
We're just easing ourselves back into the swing of things here at IT Donut, so normal service on the site will resume next week.
However, as is traditional at this time of year, we've been wondering how to start 2013 with a clean slate, ready and organised for whatever comes our way. As a result, we've identified some services that can make a real difference to how your year begins.
So, for this Donut tip of the week, here are three tools to help you declutter, get organised, reduce distractions and speed up your PC:
If you subscribe to a lot of email newsletters or receive lots of email notifications from services like Facebook and Twitter, Unroll.me can help you reduce the clutter in your email.
It works with Gmail, Google Apps and Yahoo Mail. Once you've signed up (it's free), Unroll.me analyses your inbox to find messages you receive regularly, then lists them for you.
You can unsubscribe from anything you no longer want in a single click, so there's no need to click lots of separate unsubscribe links. Unroll.me will then combine your remaining subscriptions into a 'rollup'.
This means instead of being distracted by messages throughout the day, you'll receive a single message containing everything in one go - at the time you select.
Also consider: clicking the unsubscribe link in every email newsletter you don't read over the next month.
It'll also help you identify software that's running but not needed (this can slow your computer) and fix problems with the Windows Registry, a database which holds the settings for lots of your software.
Any.DO is a simple, elegant to-do list app that reckons it can help you 'make things happen'. It's a cloud-based tool that works on your computer and smart phone, so you can see your to-do list from almost anywhere.
It's all about simplicity, so instead of a bewildering array of options, you just see what you need to do today, tomorrow, soon and 'someday'.
Also consider: Remember The Milk, another great task list app. Or go old skool with pen and paper.