Organization Tip: Use Consistent Labeling

Here's a tip that has served me well for a while now: label folders consistently across different organizing platforms, such as hand-held devices, bookmarks, computer folders, paper manila folders, email folders, etc. The benefit is that you always know where to find things, regardless of their format. For example, if I'm looking for something related to this website, I know immediately what folder to look for whether it's a Bookmark, a Word Doc, or a paper printout. The consistent labeling allows your brain to relax when looking for something rather than having to guess at where that thing might live. Another great tool for this is Google Desktop, which will index and quickly search files on your computer, emails, and even websites you've visited.