Here’s a simple little tip to keep things operating smoothly: restart your Mac now and then. Many users go weeks without ever restarting their Macs, and while for the most part that’s a perfectly trouble-free was to live, it’s worth doing a restart once a week to “start fresh” to keep your Mac and apps running as smoothly as possible.

Restarting frees up system memory, and puts a stop to any random processes running in the background from apps you quit days ago. There are also some shutdown and startup systems routines that are enacted by the restart process, and are worth running on occasion. Lastly, depending on your individual setup, restarting may also trigger a system backup to occur, and that’s never a bad thing.

Read. Restart. Resume.