Organizing Your Resources

How do you know what to keep and what to throw out? If you are like me, you are probably inundated with files both in paper and electronic form.

  • Put one hour on your calendar each week to go through journals, papers, or newsletters you just received.
  • Keep a FYI folder for each journal and write a short summary on different articles, author, and your reflections.
  • Create a database where you keep your reflections or summaries, quotes you find, summaries of books with bibliographies, helpful hints or tips, and useful contacts.
  • Take an hour each month to sort through material into four piles: read, file, share, or throw out.
  • Filter your email to automatically delete unwanted files or irrelevant information.
  • Create folders for your email and have filters or rules automatically sort incoming mail so you can read it later.
  • Keep examples of brochures, advertisements, or flyers that you can use as models.
  • Organize your favorites or bookmarks by topics or create a website with links to these sites.
  • Digitize as much as you can and throw away or recycle paper files.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

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