I think it’s time for me to start dumping an old traditional way of organizing my files using folder structure. Instead of categorizing my files in to sub-folder with label name corresponded to the files, I’m now much happier with a new way of organizing, using ‘Tag’.
Tagging gains rapid popularity over the past few years, after several major applications now support tagging system. Take WordPress for example, the ‘Tags’ is making ‘Categories’ fading away.
Why tagging make my life easier?
I still remembered how painful it was to find a single file from heaps of folders categorized in another folder, even though the spotlight might reduce the time a bit. Putting tag in ‘spotlight comment’ is a good start. At the moment, I’m putting tag on everything on my Mac. If I want something, I just type keyword that come to my mind and spotlight will list everything that related to that keyword.
In addition, I can created ‘smart folder’, and tell my smart folder to put anything relevant to the specific tag. For example, I can create a smart folder called ‘@study’ and tell it to put every file that tagged with ‘study’ in spotlight comment field.
Right now, I’m so happy with my file system with benefit from third-party software named ‘Leap‘. The tagging system totally replaced my old way of hierarchy file and folder.
Happy tagging ^_^