This month, I’m providing a career management tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own career management activities.
Today’s tip: Have a digital reference system.
If a pundit were to come up to you and tell you that there is more information out there than we can effectively handle, you’d shake your head, walk away, and wonder why they are paying money to an idiot to report this obvious stuff.
It’s not so much that there’s a lot of information out there — that’s a given; what we need to do is have an effective system for managing our tasks as well has have a digital library for storing the critical documents we need to support our work.
How many times have you been asked for information that you know you’ve seen but can’t remember where it is located? How many times have you had paper copies of something that your manager asks to send electronically? How much time have you wasted asking for people for information that they said they would keep and they can’t find?
In this case, the best defense is a good offense. Design a system of storing data digitally that makes it easy for you to find.
It will save you endless time, lots of grief, and frustration.