Alright. I confess. I lost an important piece of paper today.
I was taking my dog to a new veterinary office, because in my new quest for simplicity, I had finally acknowledged going to my regular office, which is about 20 minutes way, was sucking up way too much time. First, it was far away. And second, the waiting time there was often an hour or more — even when I had an appointment.
So I chose a new office, which is about 5 minutes away and has a good reputation. And when I made the appointment, the receptionist very nicely asked me to bring an updated vaccination record along with the very large, very drooly, very itchy, beloved dog.
No problem, right? I have an updated vaccination record. Of course, I do! Just a month ago, the old vet had faxed me an official vaccination record because I needed to show it to a boarding kennel we were using. As such, the vaccination record should have been right in the special file folder marked “Dog Records.”
Except it wasn’t. And I didn’t realize this until five minutes before I had to leave the house. And since it’s Friday — and I usually catch up on filing on the weekends — I was faced with several piles of paper that contained not only work papers, but bills, receipts, and magazine clippings, plus all the debris associated with my children — permission slips, photo order forms, book order forms, scouting field trip itineraries, soccer schedules, and, well, you get the picture.
Now luckily, I have another file marked “Vet Insurance,” in which I file all of our vet bills, along with copies of the insurance forms and records. And in there, I found a recent bill that listed our vaccination due dates. So I was able to submit that to our new vet, while trying to pretend that I didn’t know there was any other possible kind of record available. But it was a hassle. I experienced stress. And confusion. And a little panic, because I really needed to get my dog into the vet’s office today and I knew they wouldn’t see her without that record.
There has to be a better way, right?
Next up: A better way of managing paper.