Digital scrappers, like our paper sisters (and former/other selves), share a unique challenge in managing all the supplies for our craft. You can find many strategies for this challenge in the archive of digital organization tips, answers that can help you customize the right solution for your needs.
However, I recently received two emails, specifically asking for even more help in tackling the endless stream of freebies and new purchases. This left me wondering if there is one universal approach I can share.
Regardless of the software or folder structure you employ, getting and staying organized requires a certain amount of repetition. The trick is making those tasks part of your routine and like second nature. To effectively manage your digital supplies, you only need one thing: consistency.
- Decide on the simplest solution that will work for you.
- Do it.
- Do it again.
You’ve heard of the baby steps approach and varying theorems on how many days it takes to make a habit. Start with one action that will help you stay more organized – like unzipping and labeling kits right away or downloading your memory card on the day photos were taken. Commit to that action and do it, always.
Keep the end goal in mind. You want to be able to find digital supplies with ease, in ways that you will use them. Begin at the level you are and build from there. Consistency will keep you from feeling buried by your digital stash.