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File, paper, and project management for a freelancer without a desk.

I have recently switched from an office job to working freelance. I belong to a coworking space but I don't have my own desk. Any advice for organizing paperwork without an everyday desk space? [more inside]
posted by kdern on May 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Organize all the things!!!

I finally went through my mountains of paperwork this weekend and got a nice little filing system up and running. I have an ungodly amount of old paycheck stubs. Do I need to save these? Do you save medical bills? What about old tax returns? Arghshshs! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Apr 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Quickest way to alphebatize and combine paperwork from unsorted piles?

Quickest way to alphebatize and combine paperwork from unsorted piles? [more inside]
posted by tzb on Aug 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Finding scraps of good data in a sea of irrelevancy

I was recently placed in charge of a large database which is probably 90% irrelevant information. What should my plan of action be for cleaning it up? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Dec 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Looking for a program to reorganize my hard drive.

Google fail because I'm not sure what to call the sort of program I'm looking for. I want to move all files of a certain type on a drive into particular folders. I'm sure there must be a name for this but my brain is full of the dumb today. Recommendations for this for Windows also welcome. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Jun 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Getting Things Filed

Professors, researchers, teachers: How do you organize your files on hard disks and with physical folders? [more inside]
posted by meijusa on Aug 13, 2010 - 13 answers

file folders & fluffers

Searchin for a 2-pocket presentation folder...with a filing tab on top. This must exist, right? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

How to organize scientific article pdfs?

Scientists: What's the best and simplest way to organize, annotate, and take notes from scientific journal articles on a PC? I'm starting a new project and ready for a new system that doesn't require four programs or being unable to find something when I can't remember the title or author. How do you organize your references, pdfs, and notes? [more inside]
posted by JustWandering on Jan 18, 2008 - 18 answers

Academics: What's your filing system?

Academics: What's your filing system for academic papers? As I finish up my undergrad degree and enter grad school, I'm reading a lot of papers. Currently, they're just in a tall stack on my desk and in a folder in my Mac. I'm interested in hearing filing solutions -- both hard copy and electronic -- for academic papers.
posted by pealco on Dec 14, 2006 - 28 answers

Receipts: to keep or not to keep?

I have been keeping all of my receipts for some time now. Every day, I enter them into my money tracking system (presently just a text file where I capture date, payee and amount). Then I file the receipts away in folders by month. My question: does it do me any good to save the receipts, or is having the data good enough? [more inside]
posted by ivarley on Aug 2, 2006 - 11 answers

How to most efficiently reorganize a filing system?

I am looking for a resource or advice on organizing files and folders on a shared hard drive. I am faced with 12 GB of files that need to be reorganized - many files and folders are out-of-date, irrelevant, or obsolete, and many were created by people who no longer work at my company for projects that are no longer active. I'm hoping to hear about a strategy that helps me methodically organize all of this data, archiving what's no longer needed and coming up with an intuitive filing system for what is. [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Organization Strategies for the Office

I've got new responsibilities at work, and now I have to [shudder] actually file paper. I'm a visual person, and once I stick stuff in files, I forget about it. But the alternative seems to be piling paper and then watching coworkers gasp in horror when they poke their head in the door. Any tips that work for you? Should I just throw it all away and pretend it got lost? Do I really have to file each piece of paper in 10 seconds or less?
posted by mecran01 on Mar 4, 2004 - 9 answers

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