There’s been one exception to this orderliness—what’s saved on my computer's hard drive.
I recently realized that I could not procrastinate on this matter. I noticed I had been increasingly unable to find folders and files. I felt like I had to look at what I had accumulated.
So I’ve decided to spend some time a few days each week to look at documents I’ve saved. It’s been a painstaking and sometimes tedious process—but I continue to find it inspiring. Here are 8 things I’ve discovered so far.
- Ideas for new blog posts and other general interest articles (like this one);
- New ideas to explore and turn into peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and/or books;
- A reminder about the organizations and individuals I’ve worked with, and the impetus to reflect on what I learned from them;
- A reminder about the different kinds of projects I’ve completed, and the impetus to reflect on what I learned from them;
- A reminder about professional successes—and failures;
- A trigger to reach out to people in my network with whom I haven’t communicated in some time;
- Humility. I marketed my services to a long list of individuals and organizations who did not hire me; and
- Awareness of new connections between past reading, writing, speaking, teaching, client work and what interests me now.