I'm in the same boat, Mac based, paper filing working, digital files a bit of a mess. What I am doing is creating an A-Z folder structure on my machine in a single folder called General Filing. I am also trying to flatten out my folder structure. My goal is no more than 2 levels deep in the folders.
Originally Posted by Goldmund
Whenever I am really bored I move and sort a few of the electronic files. I also have started re-naming files so the contents are more easily known from looking at the name. For some archive data I've been scanning I have a good naming scheme that is working. Scanned files are in a separate set of folders.
My data structure looks like this: the ... represent a folder and ....... a nested folder :to represent a file name
...Equip. - Canon 940is
:Powershot User Guide
...Equip. - iPod Touch
:iPod Touch User Guide
...Equip - Loom 8 Harness Leclerc
...Food - Recipes
...Genetics Papers from Harvey Blackburn
:Molecular Analysis of Sheep
:History of Sheep Domestication
: Dragon Scales Shawl
:1817 School Socks
: DW Sheep Inspection 2008
:P Sprint Bill 2010 01
and so on.
I keep out in a top level finder window the individual files I reference all the time, my sheep inventory, my list of books owned on paper and on kindle, my Quicken data files for personal and both businesses and so on. Sort of like my working project files next to my tickler file.
And I am exploring evernote for some files as well.
Last edited by Oogiem; 04-19-2010 at 06:43 AM.
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