Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Distinguishing the documents

Well, I do not think that the method that I am about to describe would come as anything new to most persons who are blind, but for the heck of it I'll tell the sighted world. I use this method whenever I travel.

Each time I go on a trip I need to take all kinds of various documents with me: a copy of my itinerary, a copy of my hotel details, and copies of other documents that I may need on my trip. So how do I keep track of everything?

Each document has a specific place in my carry-on and they are marked in a specific way. No, not with Braille labels because it would be a bit awkward to have them at the front of printed documents. I use staples to help me distinguish my documents and I also count the number of pages for each document. In addition, staples are placed in a specific way. Some are placed horizontally, others are placed vertically, and sometimes I may have two sets of staples on a single document depending on whether or not there are documents with the same amount of pages.

After reading this you may think that this is probably all a lot of work and memorizing and you would be correct. But if I expect to keep things straight in my mind I do not see a choice for myself. It takes a bit of memorizing but it is definitely worth the time for me. At least after I have gotten everything straight in my mind and after I have learned my own system, it is very easy.

I know where to find what I need to find, and I put the documents in order of importance to me. So far so good and fingers crossed that this method continues to work for me.

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