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How Valuable is Your Time?


How Valuable is Your Time

My dad has recently begun “archiving” our family photos. And by our family, I mean our extended family from way back when. I began the process about 10 years ago as a labor of love and got almost 400 images processed.

This process includes:

  • Scanning the image
  • Naming the image
  • Repairing/restoring the image
  • Updating a spreadsheet with all the details I know about the picture – who is in it, when it was taken, what they are doing, etc.

It was a long and tedious process, especially since I didn’t know very many people or places in the pictures so had to do a lot of research. The point is that it takes a very long time.

I did it as I had the time and was in no rush. My dad is a bit less technically inclined and wants the process, especially the scanning, repairing, and numbering to be easy…and quick. It’s not. And coaching him from a distance has been time-consuming and frustrating, for both of us, but mostly for him.

He’s got at least 1,000 images to go. And frankly, I don’t want to spend my week with them next month scanning and repairing images. And I want to spare him the frustration and time suck this can be.

Father’s Day – Give Him back His Time

As my sister and I were discussing Father’s Day presents, it came to me, I could give him back his time, without giving him mine. (As I read this, I realize this sounds bad. But with limited time with my parents, I know 1) I wouldn’t be able to complete the task and 2) economically it makes more sense that I work.)

So my plan is to gift my dad with at least getting some of the images scanned and repaired for him. Hopefully, if we can get some back before I get there, I can help him organize and process them.

There are all sorts of services out there that will scan and repair the images for you. Have you ever used one? I would love personal recommendations.



    • Reply Hope |

      Evidently, a friend of my sister does this so she is helping my dad pack up pictures to send out this week. I’m hoping we get at least some back next week so I can create a process for him to name and catalog them as easily as possible.

So, what do you think ?