If you read the title, then you may be asking yourself how starting over can be phase 4? Well, that’s not a misprint, it’s a fact.
I have been making great strides on my re-organization efforts lately but I have now been put in the position of starting over again! It is not something that was forced on me, at least not necessarily. Due to recent events, my son has moved back in with us temporarily. What that means is that he is now occupying the room I had set up to be my new “office”. I could have kept it that way and just let him use the bed when he slept but that would have been hard to do with me doing most of my work when he would normally be sleeping.
So, today I moved everything out of that room, rearranged it to be like it was when Julia was there and told my son to enjoy it!
With that being said, what is next for me and my re-organization? Well, I’m seriously rethinking this! After all, we are in the 21st century, aren’t we? I think that perhaps it is time for me to join the present and prepare for the future! In essence, what I am trying to say is I think I really just need to go paperless! Don’t get me wrong, there will always be paper involved, however, I have a lot of paper that I have created myself. There’s no reason for me to print out all the digital records I have found! Hanging on to the copies of original documents I have, such as marriage records, death records, funeral notices, obituaries and such is fine. I can also take those, scan them and make them part of my digital files.
The constant upheaval of my life is continuing, as evidenced by what happened at this attempt at establishing an office. In my opinion, the best solution is to redefine my definition of an “office”. My old way of thinking has to end. An office doesn’t have to be 4 walls, a desk, a bookshelf, and a file cabinet. All these things, with the exception of the four walls, are available on a computer. What’s more, I am not limited to just one computer! I can sync my files on my desktop computer with my laptop and, if needed, with my iPhone. This idea of a “mobile office” would probably fit my life a lot better. With my upcoming move to Texas (a post on that will follow) then this would be an even better idea!
So, what I will be doing the next few days is preparing my PC, Laptop and even my iPhone for this transition. After that, I will begin to make plans for the digitization of my paper files and go from there. This will not be an overnight task nor will it be an easy task but, in the long run, this task will make my research better. I’ll no longer have the excuse of having everything packed up and not knowing where to find everything. I won’t need to search through binders and indexes for what I am looking for. In the long run, this will make everything much, much easier!
I’ll update you as I make progress, including what software I am using, what filing system I am using and how I am handling my paper files. Until then, I wish you all a great week!