Only 2% of Filed Items Will Be Retrieved
Uncle John’s Bathroom Almanac always has little interesting facts and statistics.
I read that 98% of what is filed will never be looked at or read or again. 98%!!!
Then in that case filing is a lot of work for no apparent reason.
Doing family research and looking at history, in a detached way, I am always cutting things out of the paper and filing them…. Or, if I was on the ball, I would be filing them.
Instead, I pile them in a tray to be filed. And when the tray over flows I put them in a box to be filed. The last time I counted there were slightly over a dozen printer paper sized boxes containing things to be filed. That is also why God invented basements.
To make the job not seem so overwhelming I have decided to file three things a day. And since I decided that, I have not missed a single day. That was two weeks ago.
That is why God made computers and hard drives. If what I clipped was worth any thing at all I scanned it or found it on- line through a newspaper and copied and pasted it and electronically filed it.
And from time to time, if an electronic files is getting big I transfer it to a CD and delete it.
Then someday I might read two percent of it – if I live long enough.