Paper: it’s the bane of our digital existence.
Most of it you can scan and keep in 1Password. But some of it you just can’t digitize away. Think of those handwritten postcards from your best friend. Your glossy, autographed Star Trek prints. Your passport. Your college diploma. Your tax returns (‘tis the season).
All that stuff has to be kept somewhere safe, somewhere not-on-a-computer. And for people like me, that’s a virtual guarantee it will end up lost.
If you’re nodding your head empathetically right now, I encourage you to read on. Because I’d like to let you in on a secret:
With a bit of encouragement, 1Password can actually give you the answer to an all-too-familiar question: Where did I put that thing?
How I trained 1Password to find my stuff
The first time I misplaced my passport on the morning of an international flight, I cursed my bad luck. The second time, I resolved to teach 1Password how to keep track of my most important possessions. That way, I wouldn’t have to.
I created entries for anything and everything I was afraid to lose: the lease for my apartment, my health card, even my winter gloves.1 In each entry, I added a section—“Where is it?”—and a custom field labelled “location”. I filled in each “location” field with the object’s last known hiding place.
Once I had catalogued enough stuff, all I had to do was create a new smart folder and configure it to match any items with a “location” field.
Now I could look up my physical possessions just as easily as my digital ones. And because “Find my stuff” was a smart folder, it would stay up-to-date as I added new items. (Picture a hyper-intelligent take out drawer—it always has the dim sum menu you’re looking for.)
I still can’t remember what I did with last year’s tax return. But whenever I do need to look up something that I’ve filed away in meatspace, the answer is now just a click away. “Hey 1Password! Where’s my stuff?”
How do you use 1Password to make your life a little more manageable? We’d love to find out. Share your creative ideas in the comments!
- Don’t knock it! On that first cold morning in October you’ll be glad you told 1Password where your gloves were back in April.↩