You spent four years (maybe more) earning a degree. Do you even know where you keep it? Unless it’s on a wall in your office or home, it’s probably in a drawer or box somewhere collecting dust.
In a world that’s becoming increasingly digital, we forget that the most important and official things are still printed on paper or require some sort of physical ID. While some are ornamental certificates meant to be displayed, others are boring on the surface but extremely crucial when you need them.
Our challenge to you: How long would it take you to locate the following list of things below?
- If you don’t have or need a document, skip to the next item on the list.
- You must physically find the official doc or ID; if you can’t search for this stuff right now but still want to play, you must know with absolute certainty where it is. We’re operating on the honor system, so play fair.
- You’ve got a 10 minute time limit.
Set the timer on your watch or phone right now. Ready...set...GO!
Let’s See Some ID
- Birth Certificate
- Citizenship Documentation
- Driver’s License / Non-Driver’s ID
- Military ID
- Social Security Card
- Work ID
VIPs: Very Important Papers
- Advance Directive
- Power Of Attorney
- Property Deed(s)
- Vehicle Title(s)
Decrees & Degrees
- High School Diploma
- College/University Diploma
- Certifications (technical degree, doctorate, masters, etc.)
- Marriage Certificate
- Divorce Decree
- Military Discharge Papers
It’s A Matter Of Policy
- Car Insurance
- Primary Health Insurance Card(s)
- Supplemental Health Insurance Card(s) (example: Dental, Vision)
- Home Insurance / Renters Insurance
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Other policies you may have: Disability Insurance | Disaster Insurance | Funeral Insurance
Money, Money, Money, Money
- Banking / Debit Card(s)
- Credit Cards
- Investment-related Papers (example: prospectus; recent reports regarding 401K, IRAs, etc.)
- Loan Agreements (auto, mortgage, student loans)
- Tax Returns (last 7 years)
How’d you do? Could you find all the things you needed? It sorta makes you realize how many forms of ID and official documents we accumulate throughout our lives. While some are ceremonial and reminders of accomplishments (graduating college, being born), others are vital in day to day life (driver’s license), providing benefits to your family if they need them (Life Insurance), or settling your estate (Will).
If you had a difficult time locating any of the things listed above, imagine if someone close to you had to do it because you weren’t around? Could they find all these things or would they have to spend days, weeks, or months searching?
Take some time and scan the list again. You might even want to make some notes of things you need to do that you haven’t done yet (for example: fill out your state's Advance Directive form).
Oh, and once you have all these things, put the info in an Everplan. It’s what we do, ya know.