Kodak Gallery photo site closed in the summer of 2012. My Kodak photos were transferred to Shutterfly, the site I used for photo books. To access the transferred photos, all I had to do was either enter my Kodak Gallery login credentials or the access code Shutterfly emailed me.
This was two and a half years ago. I took the screenshot above today.
For two-and-a-half years, every time I have logged into Shutterfly, this screen has popped up.
And every single time, I've clicked "Skip for now" (see red circle I've added)
I could have picked "Do not remind me again." But then I would have forgotten about it, and I couldn't remember if I had any important Kodak photos.
I should have just entered the access code. But I would have had to open my email and search for it. And it was just easier not to. I could have even asked the code to be resent! But again, there's the obstacle of switching over to email to find it. I had vague hesitations that it would be complicated, and wouldn't work. I've always been in the middle of some other photo mission and couldn't deal with it then. I didn't really stop to think about it.
It's just easier to click the skip button. I've clicked it a hundred times, maybe more.
Today I dealt with it. I tracked down my access code. It took maybe twenty seconds of searching my email for the word "Kodak," and the July 2012 email popped up. I entered it, my photos showed up.
It turns out I only had about 20 photos, all duplicates of ones I already have in my Shutterfly account.
I'm telling this story because it matters to hoarding. It matters if you're someone like me, who has trouble dealing and would rather go to the small effort of ignoring, skipping, working around a problem a million times, instead of taking the time to conquer the obstacles and solve it once.
What's an "access code" that you're going to stop skipping and find today? Instead of being digital, it very well might be an item sitting in the way somewhere that it doesn't belong.
The first step is noticing that you're skipping. You are probably so used to doing it that you hardly pay attention any more. Then figure out why you started. What obstacles is your brain throwing out that seem tough enough to make avoidance preferable? Saying them out loud (at least in your head) makes them sometimes not as intimidating as leaving them vague.
Then just do it. Chances are it won't take long and you won't face the possible problems anticipated. And real problems are always more solvable than imaginary ones!