What better way to keep track of things in your life than to document them. Whether it be a journal, a log book, or simply just taking pictures of the important things you do during your day will definitely help to keep you organized and may end up being a lifesaver.
I hate to say it but in this society you can’t trust most people that you don’t know. People will throw out paperwork, accuse you of things, or even lie for their own benefit or even just for some self satisfaction. Keeping your documents and evidence will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
Since I’ve had some legal problems and other things. I’ve decided I’m going to try to keep a log book of everything I do. Well, everything important I do that I think needs logging. Just today, I copied a legal letter I was sending and put it in a manilla folder and logged it in my book exactly what I did, dated it, and signed it as well.
Here are some of my own tips if you’re going to start documenting:
1. Get a notebook/log book – Digital documenting isn’t always safe and secure. Documents can get erased, viruses can possibly steal information, or your computer could crash and there goes all your hard work. Keeping everything written on paper insures that it’s going to be there even if something happens to your computer.
2. Get a pen just for your log book – Store a designated pen with your log book so when the time comes to write something, your pen is already there. Also, it looks more professional if you’re using the same color ink when documenting.
3. Get a (manilla) folder for your log book – You’ll need to have some kind of folder to keep any loose pictures, receipts, documents, etc. Store it near your log book so it’s easy to access.
4. Copy everything – Copy everything you think you may need for later whether it be for your own record, evidence, or just and extra copy of a document. For example, if you’re sending out a letter that you’ve dated and signed, you’ll probably want to get a copy of the document you’re sending out for your records and/or if the receiving end says they never got your letter…you’ll have a copy to say you did so.
5. Take pictures – You can’t carry a copier in your back pocket so a camera is the next best thing. If you can’t get a copy of a document for whatever reason then try to take a picture. I most advise this tip if you’re at the post office and you want proof that you sent a document, take a picture of the letter after it’s postmarked, if they’ll let you. Also, it’s great if you get into a car accident and you want evidence.
6. Get delivery confirmation – If you’re paranoid and want solid documentation of your letters and such, always get delivery confirmation and/or tracking numbers. Having these will give you evidence that your letter was received and/or also a signature to back it up.
7. Keep all your receipts – Keeping your receipts from major purchases or even just from sending a letter will be back up evidence that you paid for or sent something(s).
If you’re wanting to start documenting, these tips should help you out. It’s never a bad time to start documenting your life.