There are several ways to file your notes:A note may have several attributes: domain, type, function, ... (see below). You may pick one or a combination for your primary organizer, although there are metadata features in some systems (e.g. tags in Evernote) that allow you to sort by a secondary category.
An alias function on computer filing systems allows you to put a link to a file in one folder in another folder. This function has been requested for evernote, but as of Spring 2013 it didn't exist.
In any system a good search function is necessary because there will always be ambiguity as to which category you used.
A search function should list matches by title and tag before matches in content.
A synonym algorithm is important also. e.g. "CA" = "California" = "Calif."
An encryption function is also a good feature.
Digital Media: You can use a filing system like Evernote for media, but media specific programs, e.g. iTunes, iPhoto, Kindle app are more appropriate for this.
My system in Evernote:
I Contacts Personal, Family, Organizations, [services-see below] II Stores-Products-Services stores, products, services, travel (bus/train/air schedules) III Info-Ref Arts (Books, Music, Movies, ...), Politics, Religion, Environment, Science, IV Help Computer support/notes, How to/DIY (Home, car, ...) V Information about my stuff Purchases (dates, ...), Home (floor plan, garden records, ..), Electronics (computers, AV) VI Personal Info Medical, Correspondence, Travel log, cards-permits,
Personal Business Family Travel Info or Reference Help (product/ service notes) Products Services Orgs Hobbies Sports Food Drinks Health Meeting Notes Presentations Jokes Books Movies Music Contacts
Source: How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency | Michael Hyatt
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