Ending the Problem of Disorganized Personal Information

As you might guess, I’m generally a pretty organized person. There is a job chart on the fridge outlining what we expect of our older kids each week, complete with standards and consequences for failing to comply. The family gift exchange chart we circulate each December is of my making, as well as the address spreadsheet we use around that time to send holiday greetings. I’ve put together a variety of meal plans, food logs, To Do list forms and other tools over the years.  And of course, the Memory Logbook is my creation as well.

Buried alive in disorganized personal paperworkBut recently I became quite aware of an area of my life that I have NOT organized as well … in fact, I have found it to be incredibly time-consuming and tedious to pull together the information needed to accomplish a basic task that millions of people around the globe do every day.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve been there too.

That task was completing a job application … or more specifically, a handful of applications. I’ve been exploring opportunities to get outside the house, earn a more reliable paycheck and maybe even nab a few benefits in the process, which of course requires going through the process of updating resumes, filling out forms, writing cover letters, taking typing & other standardized tests… you know the routine. (No worries… I intend to continue LYM indefinitely. Just looking to replace my current “real” job.)

However, since it’s been several years since I’ve needed to access this information, it’s been a bit of a headache trying to find all those dates, phone numbers, addresses, etc. needed for the forms, not to mention wracking my brain to remember just what past job duties entailed, what accomplishments might best highlight my skills, and all the other fun stuff potential employers are interested in seeing.

Yes, some of that information was easy to find, like the phone numbers of the people I chose to use as references. But much of the rest required digging around for past resumes, old job descriptions, school transcripts … and trying to piece together information from my spotty memory for the rest. And of course, these records were not all in one neat & tidy location, but instead buried in various file folders, drawers, boxes or binders, depending on when I last used each of them.

Come to think of it, I’ve run into the same problem when trying to fill out insurance forms, health histories, service applications… you name it. The thought has also crossed my mind more than once (usually about 3 a.m.) that my family would have a tough time figuring out how to access all my accounts, contacts and other information in the event something were to happen to me.

You can probably guess where I’m going with this.

As I’ve struggled through this process (and become increasingly annoyed at myself for not being more organized with this in the past), I decided it was time to get this area of my life under control. And so, I’ve been working lately on organizing all of this information for myself. Being someone who enjoys creating forms and systems … and having a platform like LYM where I can share the results of my efforts with others … I have been tackling this project with the intention of adding a new line of products to help you do the same.

Stay tuned if you could use help gathering, organizing and storing all of that personal info that comes with being alive … the employment records, the health histories, the educational data, achievements and awards. Even if you have no plans to apply for a job, switch doctors, request insurance or fill out any kind of form in the near future, I’m sure you can imagine how comforting it would be to know you have all of that information in one place, ready and waiting for you whenever you need it for whatever opportunity presents itself.

I know it’s already helping me sleep better at night. 🙂

 

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