It has now been three weeks since I began my paperless quest! It is still going well!
I am continuing to use my new phone for many, many things I used to need paper to do. I am still using my phone for my to do list. I use the android app for remember the milk. I still use my phone for many of my notes using the android app for evernote. I am also using my phone frequently for specific genealogy tasks as well. I am still using Family Tree Maker 2012 for my main genealogy program. I have found that I like using the online tree to edit most of the time. I especially use it for adding the personal family tree information. I use my laptop with FTM2012 for adding photos and other images and then sync to the online tree.
I have made significant progress on my tree in the past few days. I now have 2347 people in my tree. I started with about 540 people a few weeks ago. I also have over 1990 records attached to those people. My tree also includes 1663 photos and 121 stories or notes attached to those people. I have over 8087 hints to process on my tree. Every time I clear off a few hints, I get more added as I add in my family, especially when adding the family tree hints that add new people to the tree!
I progressed over the weekend in becoming more organized! I went through my many thousands of files on my external drive that I use for backup. I eliminated many of those files. I had files that were almost 15 years old! I decided to just get rid of those old files! I am going to get organized. Tonight, I am going to work on getting rid of at least part of my old emails. I am using a program called imapsize to import my old emails into my gmail emails. This will allow me to have access my emails from wherever I am. Using the “cloud” for all my files is slowly becoming a reality for me.
With my new phone, I am slowly becoming much more paperless but also much more organized and much more productive because I can get things done wherever I am! In fact, I am once again writing this post on my phone because I can now write my posts faster with the swype keyboard and method of entry than I can type! Also, I seem to think better when I am writing on my phone than when I am typing on my computer.
More to come next week!