In response to Ask Lifehack.Community “How do I organize a large and growing collection of Electronic documents?”, Matthew Cornell had a detail look into the issue on organizing electronic documents. Recently he adopted GTD’s filing system, which designed for paper organization, for his email organization. In his post, he wondered if this can apply to electronic files as well:
A simple alpha filing system for electronic documents?
The other idea this question stimulated is applying David Allen’s GTD filing system to the digital realm. I’m currently testing this for email, and it has worked pretty well so far. Briefly, in addition to @action and @waiting-for, I have a top-level email directory for each letter of the alphabet, each of which contains email archive files (mbox files on my unix machine) for each project (e.g., n/nsf-site-visit-2005, p/personal-information-web). Finally, each of those latter files contains the relevant messages. Here’s the conceptual map (vertical dimension is ‘containment’, with the outer-most container at the top)…
Organizing Electronic Documents GTD-Syle? – [Matt's Idea Blog]
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