2. Use as many folders as you need
It’s tempting to just shove all of your files into your documents folder, but try to avoid doing that – you’re only putting off the inevitable. Files of varying degrees of importance and differing subject matter should be organized into different folders respectively.
You don’t really need to worry about creating too many folders. It helps if you split your documents into a small number of main folders, then make subfolders within each main folder where applicable, and subfolders within those if needs be. Do this for all of your documents.
If you find a proper place for everything, your desktop search tool will find it too. Using folders and naming them properly is what will make your desktop search results become more accurate.
3. Name your files and folders properly
When creating folders to organize your files, make sure you name them properly. Naming a folder ‘Stuff’ and then shoving everything possible into it is not organization (though I can see the appeal, since it would take all of five minutes to do). Equally, don’t just leave files all over your desktop or have untitled folders lying about.
Try to name your folders with short and concise names. Work should be in a folder named ‘Work’, and if you have different types files to go in there, make sub-folders. For example, make a folder if for invoices, and another for reports. Within those you can also divide them into new folders by months. It is so simple to do; it will just take time. The time spent will be worth it though: When you need to search for something using a desktop search tool, your results pop up right away, and they will be more accurate than without the filing system.
Now that you have started the process of making a system, don’t let that hard work go to waste by not keeping up with it. File searches will be a simple process if you just stick with an organization system.