The value of a good filing system

I find I can’t find things that are filed alphabetically. Maybe it’s my creative mind, maybe it’s the generic nature of the ABCs, I’m not sure. I do find that the reason I can’t find things is I just can’t remember what I was thinking at the time I first filed something. For instance, insurance for my car—is it under C for car, A for Auto, I for Insurance or some more obscure idea that I thought made sense at the time?

Using broad categories helps

Instead, I tried to come up with broad categories like money, insurance, car insurance as an alternative. It has a logic that may make finding things easier (I hope)!

But while revising my system I did find interesting artifacts from the past like the time when, as a young teen, I took it upon myself to create a rock garden out of a weedy patch in our backyard. I found my detailed notes on the plants and the sun and shade. It’s in the file too, now in the folder for Hobbies.

gardening notes

From the ancient archives: now filed under Hobbies, Gardening

How does this apply now? When digging through old files I realize my creative passions always needed an outlet, whether through gardening, painting or graphic design. I also know that I can use some creativity to improve my filing systems so that finding what I need will be a snap and not a brain teaser!

Art makes a wonderful gift!

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