Filing system

  wildrover 15:09 09 Feb 2008

I've got to admit that my computer and physical filing systems leave a lot to be desired and I desperately need to get them into shape.

My current 'system' is that I give each new contract a number, and a new folder is made in My Docs\My Company Name\Contract name. So far so good. But within those files there are all sorts of stuff. Plus there are other files like insurance info, tax info, accounts, banking, etc. etc. Plus all the emails (outlook).

I could do with rationalising everything into a much more simple system. Is there anybody out there that has a good filing system?

  Forum Editor 15:28 09 Feb 2008

is to first draw it on a sheet of paper. Put yourself at the top, and then construct a tree diagram. In my office we use this method to design complex website navigation systems, although we use software to do the drawings.

The idea is obvioulsy to be able to drill down to a document in the shortest number of mouse clicks, and that often means splitting document types into sections of their own, rather than keeping all client files together in one directory. For instance, it may be better to create a folder called 'quotations', and have sub-directories within it, one for each client name (or number), rather than put each client's quoation documents in with other doc types in one client folder.

When you search for a document for a client called 'Jones manufacturing' you already know what it is you're looking for, and if it's a quotation it's probably quicker to go to 'Quotations' and click on 'Jones' than it is to go to 'Clients/Jones/docs/quotation

I hope I've made that understandable - I assure you it works very well. Inside each sub-folder you can have others: 2007 say, and 2008, so everything is filed under a year, or even a month.

To sum up - it can be easier to keep each client's documents by content type, rather than lumping them all under one roof.

  wildrover 15:48 09 Feb 2008

It does beg the question, what about other business files such as excel account files, letters to accountant, insurers, etc. I guess that they can be given files such 'accounts', letters, etc.

I will do the tree diagram as you suggest and see what comes up.


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