In this article, Linda Cossel says she’s retired, however in her retirement, she is a Wedding Minister, a writer, a hostess, and a Computer Graphics Designer. Wow! That’s a lot to keep up with! How does she do it? Well, read on to see how Linda uses Paper Tiger Filing System software to stay organized in every area of her life! How many jobs do you juggle and have to keep track of things in your work and personal life?
I use Paper Tiger in several ways! First, I have a very busy retired life. I am a wedding minister, a grant writer, a writer, hostess and computer graphic designer for a restaurant. I also have an actual file cabinet that I store papers in and I have a virtual file cabinet where I store word processed documents.
As a wedding minister, I have to keep track of marriage licenses. I also have to store business cards for other wedding services so that I can refer my brides to them. In addition, I have to write numerous different ceremonies for my brides. I store the licenses and business cards in my file cabinet (tab no 27 and 6) and the ceremonies in my virtual file cabinet (tab 27 also).
As a grant writer, I need files for active, reference, and archived grant information. Under my active grants title, I have folders for all the grants that I am working on. Under the research title, I have information on local granting agencies, forms that I might use while working on grants, and any other information that I might need to write a grant. Under the archive area, I keep all past grants that have been accepted or denied. These are all virtual files on my computer set up with numbered folders just as if I were actually setting up a physical file cabinet.
I keep all my writing information and research in virtual files, as well as all my graphic design work. I simply set up a folder with a title, and then add 50 subfolders with numbers. In Paper Tiger’s database, I list all the subfolders so that I know exactly where I have stored all my work. This has greatly helped me to organize all the stuff on my computer and make it so easy to find!
In my actual file cabinet, I keep all the stuff that comes in the mail or that I collect in my Paper Tiger folders. I also keep a current print out of my File Index report from Paper Tiger in the top drawer for easy access. As I add to the folders, I write on the lines of my printout the new files and when I have time, I add them to the Paper Tiger program on my computer.
Before I started using Paper Tiger, I had so many piles and never could find anything. Just keeping all my business cards together was horribly challenging. Now, I have a place to put them so that they are available at a moment’s notice.
Recently, when my husband passed away, I had so many items that had to be dealt with from his estate. I filed all the papers and notices in the Paper Tiger filing system and when the different deadlines came up, I had all the death certificates, cards, and other paperwork I needed at my fingertips.
Paper Tiger has organized my unorganized house! I can find anything I need instantly and add new files just as quick. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate being able to finally find the papers that used to be in piles everywhere in my house!
Linda C. Cossel
Wedding Minister/Writer/Hostess/Computer Graphics Designer
Sarek: Spock, you are fully capable of deciding your own destiny. The question you face is: which path will you choose? This is something only you can decide.
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