Discussion Thread

  • 1.  So Organized that it's Disorganized

    Posted 16 days ago
    I had a professor that would create a new folder each year for the current class and copy all the updated lectures, books, and references each year. This took up so much space
    having copies of the same lectures over and over and over... that more online storage was needed.
    Sometimes when someone is too organized it becomes disorganized!

    Does anyone have any examples of how they avoid this organized disorganzation?

    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY

  • 2.  RE: So Organized that it's Disorganized

    Posted 13 days ago
    Personally I do not, but this issue resonates with me as well. I've yet to find a single ideal form of organization that works for all types of work (and life) documents. The best I've gotten to so far is to create logical folder structures, use understandable file names, and date things in the YYYYMMDD format (so that your PC can sort them chronologically). Sometimes I will create a tracking sheet with more info about each file. When I started my job, I began a Word doc that I continually added to as well. I can control-find different names of tasks and see where the files are saved on the server for a lot of them now.   For me, this is "close enough" and gets me to within 80% of where I want to be. The last 20% can sometimes require old fashioned digging.

    Windows will also force you to stop at a certain level of organization - file paths can only reach 260 characters if I recall correctly.

    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer