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.
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!