The worst way that your working day can be interrupted is with a slow computer. There’s nothing worse than being in your stride, ticking off tasks left right and centre, only to be ground to a halt when your Mac seems to just.........stop !!!!
We’ve all been there wishing it would just hurry up and fix itself, but unfortunately that’s just not how it works. Here are some ways you can keep a check on your Mac and make sure it’s performing everyday, so you experience these moments much less often.
Check the internet first:
Before you go to town figuring out what’s wrong with your Mac, sometimes it's not always down to the hardware. It can often be your internet connection or speed, especially if you’re browsing with multiple tabs open or downloading/uploading files.
Head to www.speedtest.net to check your connection speed - if it’s below what your provider has stated, then this could well be your problem. To fix this, you could restart your router, move it to a more open location or sit closer to it (if possible).
One way to check out why your Mac is running slow is checking what processes are running. If there are lots of apps, programs or pieces of software running at any one time, it could grind your Mac to a halt. This is where the activity monitor comes in.
If you go click “Go” in the top bar of your mac and scroll down to “Utilities” - in there you will find the activity monitor. This is where all of the programs and activities your Mac is running are managed.
There will be 5 windows at the top: CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk and Network. Each of these tabs manage a part of your Mac, showing details like what app is using the most % of that resource and how long it's been running.
You should browse through these windows and close tasks that are using lots of resources or ones you don't recognise. Obviously you should Google unfamiliar tasks to make sure they aren’t vital to your Mac’s operating before ending them.
Uninstall unused programs & clean up:
This one seems obvious, but it’s surprising how many people don’t do this. There are multiple pieces of software such as CCleaner, Restoro and Iolo System Mechanic, which scan your system for junk, unused or extra cache files that you don't need to free up some space.
In addition to this, look through your list of programs you have installed and remove the ones that aren’t getting used very often, or at all. These can sit on a Mac for a long time just clogging up precious space!
Manage Startup programs:
This is doable by going to “System preferences”, then “Users & Groups”, then Login Items. If there are any programs on the list that you don’t want to boot on startup, simply select it and click the minus.
This will speed up the time it takes for your Mac to start up, and mean that less applications are running from the moment you log in, giving you more space to begin your day with!
Check driver software and system updates:
Very similar to the “Uninstall unused programs”, it seems like common sense to check all of your software and system updates and make sure they all have the latest version installed...but not alot of people do it!
If specific programs or pieces of software are lagging behind, this is a surefire way to find out whether it’s your Mac going wrong or if the software is just out of date.
Reduce visual effects:
A lot of the newer Macs, and even a lot of the older ones, have fancy visual effects on the system that makes things pop, swerve or otherwise animate and have some life on the screen...but did you know they can zap power from your machine?
Even worse, some people sensitive to motion sickness can be heavily affected by them. Go to System Settings, Accessibility, and tick the reduce motion checkbox. Simple solution to help boost your performance.
If all else fails, it might be time for an upgrade. Whether this is a new machine entirely or an upgrade to your existing platform. Mac’s aren’t the easiest thing to upgrade however, as they were made to just...work, and look pretty doing it.
If you need help with this, you can get in contact with our team here, and we can help advise your next best move for your system and situation.
Hopefully this article has helped send your systems performance into the stratosphere, allowing you to get that big to-do list done each and every day.