This article was inspired by David Sparks’ recent article on Macworld.com, which is a great read. His article focuses mostly on the files we collect and archive, and I wanted to focus more on how we should name the files we create from scratch. David is a productivity and automation guru. Check out his MacSparky website and Mac Power Users podcast for more great tips.
When I taught at Cal Poly in the Architecture Department, I had a few annually recurring lectures on subjects like setting up good folder structures, how often to save your files, and even how to name your files. Yes, I know these are BORING but they are completely necessary if you’re going to be a power user because we have to be organized. It’s time to come to grips with just how many files we create and what we are going to do when we need to find them later. Do a little house keeping now, set up some good habits, and you’ll never have to worry about it again.
I’ll be delving into the other subjects of folder structures and saving file versions at a later time (score!), but for now let’s take a look at how to name your files and why you would even consider reading this article. I know, you probably already know how to do this because you’ve been doing it for sooo long Ms. Smarty Pants… but chances are you could be doing things better. And that’s the point of this article