Are all the notes you’ve kept from personal and professional development classes, workshops, and meetings worth the space they take up?
As I mentioned the other day when talking about going through magazine and Internet articles that you’ve saved, do you refer to this information or do you hold onto it “just in case?”
I’ve gone through handouts that I’ve kept for years only to realize that some were bare bones outlines that didn’t make any sense years later. And, nowadays, my instinct is to look for information online … I’d forget that I had a file folder stuffed full of useful info.
Again, be mindful of well-organized files of reference materials, their orderliness makes them seem more useful than they may be. If you refer to these files, then they are useful and doing their job.
If you never look at a piece of paper after you file it, question the usefulness of keeping these things.