Let’s start with some simple rules for managing your files and folders.
Your desktop is supposed to be clean and display that gorgeous high-resolution wallpaper you’ve got going on.
Now let’s chunk down (move down one hierarchy level).
Now we have multiple categories: portable computers, desktop computers, mobile devices, music devices, software.
If you’re interested, at Asian Efficiency we share a Dropbox folder for most of our files, so we each have: Now how you actually divide up your personal documents is largely a matter of how you mentally divide up your life.
A very basic split would be: health, finances, relationships.
One of the simplest and most overlooked aspects of being organized is getting your computer files organized.
It’s something that’s easy to take for granted, especially when you forget that most people don’t use their computers like us crazy systems-people do.It should contain your trash/recycle bin, and that’s about it.On very rare exceptions you’re allowed to put a text file or two on your desktop if you’re referring to it regularly and don’t need to file it just yet. Most files and documents can fit somewhere in your hierarchy if you’ve done a good job of initially mapping it out. If you want to manage your files and documents effectively, you’ll have to learn it.It is an absolutely amazing tool for backing up your documents and using them between different devices and computers. If you use Dropbox and have a paid account with storage (highly recommended), whatever directory structures we mention below can sit directly in your /Dropbox folder rather than your /Documents folder. If you happen to do both work and personal tasks on your computer (like most online marketers or solo entrepreneurs I know), then you should really create two folders to separate out your personal and business items.If you’re using Dropbox, it looks like this: With both folders sitting directly under /username – as long as you pick one method and stick to it, any will work.Let’s look at some good practices for keeping your files and documents neat, in folders and easy searchable and accessible.