I am not a natural filer. I hate files, in fact. I don't do outlines, either. So it was a strange sensation that came over me when I realized that my life would be much simpler if I filed and organized by papers and books. Since I'm in the middle of grad school, I've accumulated stacks of printed journal articles that are duplicated on my computer, mountains of course outlines (very detailed, basically the notes that the prof works from) for every class, as well as miscellaneous handouts. These resources are so good for reference that I haven't thrown them out, but rummaging through them sounds too daunting for me to think about actually utilizing them. So today, to celebrate a turn in the weather (overnight lows expected to be about 15 degrees cooler than they were 2 nights ago) and to celebrate my upcoming final (why, I believe this calls for an essay on the Q Hypothesis! I'll drink to that!) I'm filing away.
I'm attaching the papers to the folders with the little two-hole bracket thingies and labeling each with abbreviations for the class, class #, whether it's an outline or reading, and NT, OT, theology, history, author, as relevant.
At some point I'll identify all of these on my computer and match file names. Another toast: Here's to my perservering in my quest.
By the way, this is the best bookholder ever.