Keeping Your Digital Assets Organized

trashcanGot a messy desktop? Can’t find a file you saved “a few months ago”…?

It can be a real problem if you are not digitally organized; you might ask why, since you probably figure you’re the only one who sees the stuff on your computer. But, if you are a professional, it can cost you a lot of time if you can’t find that ONE file from who knows when. SO, my goal is to become digitally organized and just stay in the habit.

THE PLAN

1. Have a folder on your desktop for temporary document storage. I’ll typically store images I’ve found on the internet in there. At least once a month go through that folder and either file the contents, or delete them.

2. Keep an “inspiration” Folder in your Documents. I tend to keep clippings from magazines and stuff that I like in a book, but stuff that I find on the internet typically doesn’t get printed off and put into my book. If you have a lot of files, you can keep the inspiration images sorted by subfolders like: colour schemes, print layouts, websites, packaging, posters, icons, photography, textures, etc.

3. Create folders based on the type of files you tend to work with on a regular basis such as: 3D, photography, vector art, assignments, and so on. FILE EVERYTHING RIGHT AWAY; do not wait to do it tomorrow or the next day. Save files straight to their designated spot, and save yourself the extra steps!

Create sub folders if you find there is a lot of electronic traffic going through a particular folder.

4. Periodically back up important files to a disc or external drive. Why? Well, because nothing sucks more that losing 5 years of family photos or personal work.

Sorting through your files can be a real chore if it isn’t done on a regular basis. So, keep it up, and make your “digital life” a little easier to go through.

You can find some extra tips at www.lifehacker.com and www.damienbenoit.com

Happy organizing!

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5 Responses so far »

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    jillashley said,

    and how’s this workin out for you??

    I’m trying, but my desktop still seems a bit cluttered. haha

    j*

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    allisonkm said,

    great entry on keeping your computer desktop organized. It reminds me that I need to organize mine xD

  3. 3

    jrfernhout said,

    I don’t know if you’ve ever seen my desktop, but this post seems like it was written for me.

  4. 4

    jasminr18 said,

    Works for me! I love this post because it’s about organization and I love being organzied! haha … I don’t know what I would do without my agenda or my computer … =D

    Jazz

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    marlenebakkelund said,

    I really like being organized, but unfortunately I have not found a good way to go about it. I think I will take your advice and save myself some time and effort!


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