Hey guys. I just thought Iíd start purging my A-Z general reference filing system for the new year. What the best way to do it? Any guidelines and tips?
I tried browsing the folders earlier, and I was surprised to find some of the things that I filed. I might still look at them in the future, so I couldnít get myself to throw them away. I donít mind keeping them, but I hate that Iím starting forget what are in my reference files.
My reference files are mostly *might need, might look, probably in the future*. But I realized that the only ones I constantly looked at are project support materials, which are inserted alphabetically along with amorphous reference files, which I realized are poorly titled. Whatís the guideline for titling? Should I separate project support from reference?
I also file away deferred project support files, even abandoned ones, thinking I would be able to use it for brainstorming similar projects in the future.
I even filed my car manual and service warranty into a folder labeled car (which is a little too big so itís sticking out, and too thick so itís creasing the folder), since I donít have any other manuals I could place it along with.
I also recently started using keynote as reference file for some notes. Though I like using keynote, I afraid maintaining soft and hard files at the same time would be confusing in the future.
Overall it looks bad. I have a feeling Iím doing it all wrong. Any suggestions?