"I have so much to gather together and get organized it just seems overwhelming! I know I need to do it, not just for my own sake, but for my family's. I just can't bring myself to get started."
Does this sound like you? Have you ever said this to yourself or to someone else? I have. I've said it many times over the past decades. Yes, decades. That's how long it has weighed on my mind that I needed to be responsible and get my records and important documents in some semblance of order but always found excuses.
A few years ago I overcame the excuses. Maybe because I hit a certain birthday milestone which is when many of us realize we are mortal after all. Or maybe it was because my own Mother reached a milestone and I'm the executor of her estate. If something happens to Mom who lives 800 miles away from me, and I'm responsible for taking care of her estate, where would I start?
I talk to many people about SafelyFiled and why it exists. Between the medical and prescription tracking feature and the ability to have all of your records and final wishes in your wallet, yet secure, they really understand the need for it. However, the excuse I hear most often as to why they don't follow through is the same excuses I made above. "I don't know where to start and it's overwhelming".
Why Haven't You Started?
As the new year rolls in, consider making this the year that you take action and start somewhere with the important task of getting your important records gathered, secured and shared with those who may need them suddenly. It doesn't matter how you start. JUST START. That's the best way to get something accomplished. This is called the Zeigarnik effect. Check out more about the Zeigarnik effect in the article here.
To help you get started, we have free checklists that you can download and use to start gathering documents together. Don't feel like you have to do everything at one time. That's the beauty of SafelyFiled. You can get your membership started, then upload documents as you gather them. Then organize and share them later a little later if need be.
Here is a short list of important documents you could get started with. Again, you can do this in stages so it's not overwhelming to you.
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate (If applicable)
- Insurance policies (Life & Home)
- Will and living will (if you have them)
- List of Online Accounts you have
If you download our free checklists, you can use them to gather records and mark off the ones that you get uploaded. You can also upload the checklist itself and keep it as a record of the documents you have gotten done.
Once you get started with this small list, you might find it's not so hard and you actually love having your important files organized and easily accessible when needed. It might just bring out the organizational monster in you! It did me.
I now have over 700 documents, important photos, and videos in my SafelyFiled vault. If something happens to me unexpectedly, my husband and my daughter will know exactly what to do and where everything is. That gives me great peace too because I know that if something tragic happens, they won't have the added stress of trying to locate everything to take care of legal matters in the midst of their grief. My sisters can also be granted access to Mom's stuff so they can take over as the executor if necessary.
So just start! If you enroll today and upload at least one document, you may be very surprised at how empowered that makes you feel and motivated to keep going. No more excuses---start now!
Now brag a bit and tweet your success!!!
"I did it! I am no longer making excuses and started this for my loved ones!"