|A sample of one of my scans|
While on the topic of technology and productivity I thought I would issue a productivity challenge for a little bit of fun.
This challenge involves sharing one productivity tip or solution that has worked for you. It doesn't have to be earth shattering or the best tip, just a change that impacted the way you do genealogical research for the better.
Here's my challenge to bloggers - write a blog post and include one productivity tip. It doesn't have to be technology related but it does have to show how you improved the way you research. Then come back here and put the url to your post in the comments.
If you are not a blogger you can leave your tip or solution in the comments. Then after a week I'll write a summary of all the posts and tips.
I can't wait to hear what you guys come up with! Remember, keep it simple, short and sweet because the idea is to have fun.
Marian's Productivity Tip
This tip is really specific so it might not make sense for everyone but I still love it anyway.
There is a local probate court that I go to that hands me the original probate file packets when I visit for research. The files contain anywhere from 1 to 100 pages. The photocopies at the probate court are 25 cents each. Sometimes I pull 5-10 files at a time. In order to conserve money I would often skip photocopying the outside of the documents (with their helpful descriptions) or what seem to be less important pages (famous last words).
|My Canon LiDE210|
When it arrived I took it for a test run at the probate court. The probate clerk handed me the same original file packets but this time I was able to sit down at a table and more quickly scan all the documents. And not only did I get better quality scans but I was able to scan *every* page.
The first day out I scanned 300 pages. At a rate of 25 centers per page that's a total of $75 in savings. I went back later in the week and scanned another 300 pages. Already I had saved the cost of the scanner.
While not every court or archive is going to let you bring in a portable flatbed scanner, if you have the option you will save money, streamline your work, reduce overall time by not having to scan photocopies later and have better quality documents which you can zoom in on your computer. This is my favorite productivity tip for the last 6 months.
What's your favorite tip?