A lot of good advice in that post!
These are great:
Tip #3. Choose the Root Folder of Your Structure Carefully ...
â€śMy Documentsâ€ť is the worst offender. Every second piece of software you install, it seems, likes to create its own folder in the â€śMy Documentsâ€ť folder. These folders usually donâ€™t fit within your organizational structure, so donâ€™t use them! In fact, donâ€™t even use the â€śMy Documentsâ€ť folder at all. Allow it to fill up with junk, and then simply ignore it.
Tip #13. Create an â€śInboxâ€ť Folder
Tip #23. Move Permanent Items on Your Desktop Away from the Top-Left Corner
My addition: keep at least the four leftmost desktop columns blank for temp inbox use.
Tip #37. Use the Quick Launch Bar as a Application and File Launcher
My tip: I try to limit the number applications I have installed (discounting AHK scripts and the like) to as many icons fit into one column in the quick launch bar popup menu. When the column is full and I install something new then I try to prune an old one. Very often there's one there that I don't use anymore.
These I disagree with:
Tip #25. Hide Files You Never Need to See
My objection: hiding files is not worth the time. They may also take longer to find when you do need them.
â€śOnly ever have one copy of a file â€“ never have two copies of the same file. Use a shortcut insteadâ€ť
For files you work on/manipulate it can make sense with many copies. You have a fallback if you accidentally delete or mess up the file. Make a habit of adding dates to the filename to quickly keep them apart.
Some additional tips:
a) keep in mind from the start that you will change and improve your sorting system over time. Do NOT stick to a system that does not fit your needs. If you get a new job or a new hobby that permanently involves new types of (sets of) files or new computer use patterns then your sorting system likely needs to evolve.
b) schedule cleanups/checkup for your file system.
c) write notes to yourself (in plain textfiles). For example, if you do manual backups for some part of the file system, write a txt file with your actionable backup plan and place it somewhere obvious. If you make a habit of such notes you will come to trust them and no longer feel the need to keep the actual details in memory (just don't forget the note!
d) design the system both in a well planned Hierarchy AND optimized for search.
For good search, first add tags to filenames. Try to tag consistently (consider using an application) but know that your tagset will evolve over time. Second, use good search tools. I recommend the combination of Find And Run Robot (very customizeable, lots of plugins) and Everything (blazing speed).
e) like in real life, throw away a lot of more stuff! Hoarding temptations can be strong on the computer too. Large files are especially useful prune as they take up space and slows down backups. For example, I kept old linux iso files from different versions of different distros, well over 30GB of data. I didn't use them, I just kept them. Then it struck me: they are forever archived online already, just clicks away. I deleted them and kept only a txt list of distros I've tried. It is 30kB in size.