Whether you’re a college student, a design professional, or a book author, you have experienced the clutter of notes, reminders, memos, drawings, and documents scattered across the surface of your desk. There comes a point in this chaotic, unorganized display when your “tidy instinct” begs for some order.
If you’re lucky, you quickly find materials you can use: a binder, file folders with colored tabs, paper clips, even a stapler. You grab the content, and sort and filter it as a means for organizing and creating order. As you organize, you may classify the data by such lateral relationships as:
Using labels and names to categorize data
Using numbers to order things in sequence
Using the order of the alphabet to organize nominal data
Using location, such as city, state, and country, to organize data
Organizing data by topic or subject
Organizing data based on processes, tasks, functions, and goals
Having now integrated your organizational skills with those office supplies, you can marvel at your clean desk. On its surface lay a faceted arrangement of folders. Each folder, containing related content, is clearly labeled with colored tabs to allow for quick and easy access.