I did a search on my computer the other day just because I was curious. I typed in *.pdf to see how many PDF files I have languishing on my hard drive.
Turns out it’s 2,276.
Upon closer inspection, some of them are program add-ons I’ve purchased and aren’t really standalone PDFs and some are things I’ve created. However, the majority of them are from other sources and in no particular order.
It’s hard for me to admit it – I’m a PDF Hoarder. It's an addiction.
Yes, I’m the perfect person for you if you give away free things to entice someone to sign up for your newsletter, get into your webinar, get access to your RSS feed, etc. Why? Because I'm innately curious. I love reading what other people write. I am always looking for inspiration, new ways of doing things and big ideas. I am a word junkie, which is how I became a PDF Hoarder.
Let me rephrase that. A recovering PDF Hoarder.
I’ve gotten much better at evaluating what’s going to be useful for me or my clients. Now I no longer download everything. But I am frequently tempted. (Cue the white knuckles.)
If you’re like me, you're probably wondering what to do with all the STUFF now taking up space on your hard drive. And, if you figure out what to do, how do you do it joyfully (without resorting to mind altering substances)?
Here are some simple steps to begin the organizing process. I promise it's not too painful.
What about you? Are you a PDF Hoarder? (Please say yes. It will be painful to learn I’m the only one with this issue.) What shape is your computer hard drive in? How do you tackle the PDF beast? Are you up to the challenge of organizing it?