Maintaining and actually using an organizational system can be even harder than getting organized. However, you can use a variety of techniques to stay deliberate in actions.
Here are six more to keep you on track:
1. Keep a Living System
Though you should not be continuously refining your system, your plan should be a living entity that you revisit as your needs and perspectives change.
2. Let Go of Perfection
No system is perfect. Organization is a process, not an endpoint. Accept that keeping order is ongoing and that good enough will likely lead to more pages than perfect.
3. Be Specific when Labeling
The easiest way to cause disorder is labeling a folder or box “miscellaneous.” Try to be as specific as possible when dividing items into sub-groupings. This doesn’t necessarily require additional complexity, however.
4. Accept that Organization is Memory Keeping
While the routines that help you stay organized don’t result directly in new scrapbooking pages, they are part of the entire process. Learn to embrace the whole journey as part of your memory keeping experience.
5. Consider the Future
As you evaluate your approach for organizing, consider not only how to scrapbook now but how you forsee your habits changing in the short and long term. This line of thinking offers additional perspective for shaping a system that works and will continue to do so.
6. Make Backup a Priority
You cannot be organized if you no longer have any photos or supplies. Anyone with digital files for memory keeping should keep at least one backup copy of files, including the organizational structure (e.g. folders, software profiles). Use these additional six strategies to help you make further progress towards being a mindful, organized memory keeper.
Tell us in the comments, which strategy you will work on first?