I did a search on my computer the other day just because I was curious. I typed in *.pdf to see how many PDF files I have languishing on my hard drive.
Turns out it’s 1,077.
Upon closer inspection of some of them (who has time to go through all of them?), I discovered some are add-ons to programs I’ve purchased and aren’t really standalone PDFs and some are things I’ve created. However, the majority of them are from other sources and in no particular order.
It’s hard for me to admit it – I’m a PDF Hoarder.
Yes, I’m the perfect person for you if you give away free things to entice someone to sign up for your newsletter, get into our webinar, get access to your RSS feed, etc.
Hmm. Let me rephrase that. I used to be.
I’ve gotten much more adept at evaluating what’s going to be useful for me, my clients or you, Dear Blog Reader. So I no longer download everything. But I do admit to being tempted at times.
Upon reflection, I think I’ll revise what I said earlier. I’m a recovering PDF Hoarder.
But if you’re like me, what do you do with all the STUFF now taking up space?
I suggest you consider what my good friend, Debbie O’Grady of Revenue Recharge did. She actually took the time to go through her entire hard drive to pull out all the training information and programs she’d either purchased, downloaded or been sent – and put them into relevant folders so she could actually find them easily. To make them easy to see, she labeled the folders with an underscore first (example: _TRNG [topic]. Now when she looks on her “C”drive, these folders are front and center.
A novel concept. OK, not really, but when your hard drive is crammed full like mine is, it seems novel.
Lucky for Debbie, she didn’t find any duplicate products. I say lucky because if you don’t know what you have available on your drive already, and you were wooed by an earlier pitch for a product you purchased, it’s not a stretch to think you could be enticed by the same product pitch again. So – organizing can also save you money.
Now that’s she’s organized, Debbie’s in a much better position to actually utilize the trainings she has available and less likely to buy anything new for a particular category until she’s exhausted her current resources. This is just smart business sense. When I asked her if there were any other upsides to organizing her training files she laughingly said, “Now I have the incentive to get my physical environment as organized as my electronic environment. It just felt so good to get that done!”
Yes, a daunting task. For me, knowing that I have 1,077 PDFs waiting for me, and heaven knows how many other documents, getting my head around it will be the hardest thing. I asked Debbie how she did it. “Baby steps. I set aside 5 minutes each day to do a little bit. Otherwise, it felt overwhelming. Then the hardest thing you have to do is remember where you stopped,” she stated.
What about you? What shape is your computer hard drive in? Are you up to the challenge of organizing it?