It's not unusual for photographers to be attracted to old barns and buildings. There's something about the textures and the history that we want to capture before it's all gone.
I feel that way about life sometimes. I want it to stop and just give me the time to catch up. And so it was with my organization idea this week. For a few years I've collected speakers notes, e-course material and tips founds on the Internet. As you can see here, I just tossed them into a folder.
The idea was to have them in one place. The trouble was--they were a pile of notes with no organization. So yesterday I gathered my stuff.
1. Supplies: binder, tabs, 3-hole-punch, trash can (because you probably will throw out 1/3 of the notes you have.)
2. Divide and conquer the papers according to topics. Be brutal--if you can't understand the notes, throw them away.
Some of my tabs are:
- PhotoShop brushes
- Specific classes
- Specific software such as Lightroom
3. Create sub-tabs if necessary with small Post-It Notes. Under PhotoShop you may have "actions, eyes, backgrounds, etc."
YOU ARE DONE and you have a great place to add information in the future.
NOTE: It's always an easy way to toss recipes you realize you never will make or that your family didn't like.
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So that's it. Start and stay small. If you make the job too big, you may never get started. Organizing my notebook took about 30 minutes and I feel great that I can find my notes!
Please share how you keep your notes organized.