People have a habit of logging their thoughts and ideas into “note entries” throughout the day, whether on paper or on their computer. It’s not uncommon for people to make note entries in a scattered, disorganized way, which can make it hard to find what you’re looking for or highlight important information. Here are ways to organize and categorize your private note entries:
One way you can organize your note entries is to make separate folders for different categories of your life. This method is better if you have a lot of note entries, or if you don’t want to spend too much time organizing. At the end of each day, sort your note entries from that day into their corresponding folders.
A less time-consuming way is to use tags to categorize your note entries. You can use multiple tags if you have a lot of note entries on a certain topic. Tags are especially useful if you don’t want to sort your note entries into folders, but still want to see the different categories separately.
Use a private wiki or blog
The best way to organize and categorize your private note entries is to use a private wiki or blog. With a wiki or blog, you can make the entries as long as you like (you don’t have to worry about fitting everything into a single text box), and you can draw custom boxes for each entry if you like.
Write helpful summaries
While making your note entries, try to summarize the main points of each one. This will be useful if you ever want to find information in your entries that are unrelated to their titles or tags.
Use a Smartphone
If you have a smartphone, you can use it to organize your note entries wherever you are. This is convenient if you have small amounts of time to log note entries while commuting or waiting in line somewhere. You may also be able to access internet note-entry programs on your phone depending on the make and model.