If you’re a bit like me, maybe you’ll smile while reading this. If you’ve never gone through the first phase, then well done!!!
I’m sad to admit that this was my very first approach (now abandoned!) to freelance assignments. I would create a project folder inside a too generic ‘Translation’ folder. After a while the name ‘Translation’ could have easily been replaced by ‘Jungle Explorer’…
An agency I worked with for a while assigned a number to each project (e.g. 24869). They also had a specific folder for ongoing projects. A very clean method, although one of the downsides is that numbers don’t usually help you recalling deadlines, customers, etc. So you had to write down what project number you were working on.
The Client/Month Approach (a.k.a. my favourite so far and no, I haven’t found a satisfactory picture for this one :))
Where I currently work, we use a folder for every client. That folder includes sub-folders for each month we receive work. And the ‘month folder’ contains all individual projects for that month. Each project folder is named according to:
– day when the project was received
– key word(s)
– contact person
So, if on 5th December Jane Doe sends me a project about surface irrigation with delivery 2 days later, the name of the project folder might be: 5 12 Surface irrigation Jane 7 12
And you, dear readers? What kind of systems do you use to avoid a jungle of folders?