Custom Application Development

Nov 29 2008   3:22PM GMT

Buried in Paper

SJC SJC Profile: SJC

I seem to go through this on a regular basis — feeling as though I am buried in paper.  Even though I am an independent software development consultant by trade, in trying to keep up with various requirements for accounting, tech articles which apply to my professional needs or personal items such as health records — it seems that a mountain of paper piles up each month.  Then, as I go through the months accumulation, invariably at least some of that monthly accumulation ends up being added to the stack of “save for future reference” that may be an accumulation of selected monthly paper.  The cycle never seems to end.

It is then that I realize once again that I have choices!  (Choices are a MARVELOUS thing!).   One of those choices is that I can throw away most everything, and then either access on-line as needed, or just do without — or hope that I can remember enough about something that came across my desk to be able to search it out and come up with it.  I’ve been working on this method over the last couple of days!

Recently I have been incorporating scanning functionality into many of my customers applications.  The functionality has proven very productive for my customers, and they love it!  Therefore I certainly have another choice — i.e. buy some kind of “document management” software and scan.   What a novel concept — using the very technology I use every day!  Hey — I could also create my own custom “document management” system and have just what I need available at all times – once scanned that is. 

Bottom line is this however, by the time my day is through there is neither interest or energy left to dig into either a project to learn some new software, or, to actually create something for myself.  I continually wonder what’s wrong with this picture!  Here I am, a reasonably technically savvy application developer, and yet I continue to work at least somewhat in the dark ages!  The fact is that I can either choose to work 24/7 and at best inefficiently produce, learn or otherwise develop what I need — or — I can choose to create some kind of work-life balance.  I choose to balance thank you!

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