Organizing Notes -- What Do I Keep?
I spent the better half of yesterday trying to organize the notes and lecture materials I've accumulated since starting PT school. I'm amazed by a lot of things, mostly the amount of knowledge that has been imparted upon us in such a short period of time, but equally by how much I have managed to forget. I filled 13 three-inch binders to their maximum paper capacity. That's a lot of trees.
Now that the process is over, I can't help but wonder if it's worth it to keep all of this material. Will I actually ever reference it? I can realistically see myself referring to my musculoskeletal and neuro notes, but that's about it. There are other valuable units that I'm sure will one day come in handy -- things like amputations, prosthetics, various outcome measures and legal/professional documents. All in all, that might include four of the binders. I have a feeling that the only time I'll look at most of the material will be to study for the boards, after which the binders will collect dust in an office somewhere until I finally decide to throw them out in five to 10 years.
I remember I had a similar issue last year with the required textbooks when I couldn't decide if I should buy them, and later if I should keep them. I thought that I'd really be missing out if I didn't have the books, but in the end decided to get rid of mine. I don't think I'm missing anything. (Everything I need to find out is much easier to track down via Google, anyway). I think I'll come to a similar solution with all of these notes, but probably not before I take the boards.