Breaking Free from Nested Folders

Hey guys,

Hope you’re well.

Love the system but can’t quite seem to get my head around implementing it for my use case.

In particular, I’ve currently got this rather nested structure:

  • Master
    • Personal
    • Work
      • Company A
        • Assets
          • Content
            • Content Type A
              • In Production
              • Live
                • Published Content 1
                  • Supported Resource A
                    • Sub resource 1
                    • Sub resource 2
                    • Sub resource 3
                  • Supported Resource B
                    • Sub resource Type 1
                      • Resource %
                      • Resource £
                    • Sub resource Type 2
                      • Resource *
                      • Resource (
                  • Supported resource C
                    • Sub resource !
                    • Sub resource %
                • Published Content 2
                • Published Content 3
            • Content Type B
            • Content Type C
        • Operations
        • Marketing

The nesting format is similar across other primary folders, too. But the biggest painpoint is no doubt the one within “Content”.

This is what I’ve come up with:

300-399 Company A
	300-309 Finances
	310-349 Courses
		311 Course 1
			01 Planning and Outline
			02 Scripts
			03 Slides
				03-01 PPT Versions
				03-02 PDF Versions
			04 Videos
				04-01 Camtasia Projects
				04-02 Published MP4 Versions
			05 Captions Subtitles
			06 Quizzes
			07 Excel Spreadsheets
			08 Code
			09 Data
			10 Proofs
			11 Additional Resources
			12 Landing Page
		312 Course 2
			01 Planning and Outline
			02 Scripts
			03 Slides
			04 Videos
			05 Captions Subtitles
			06 Quizzes
			07 Excel Spreadsheets
			08 Code
			09 Data
			10 Proofs
			11 Additional Resources
			12 Landing Page

400-499 Company B
	400-409 Finances
		401 Banking
			401-01 Bank 1 Statements
			401-02 Bank 2 Statements
		402 Sales Revenues
		403 Invoices (Payments)
		404 Payroll
		405 Pension
		406 Official Comms
		407 Legal Compliance Forms
		408 Management Accounts
		409 Financial Accounts
	410-419 Consulting Services
		410 Clients
		411 Templates

I’m pretty sure this is diverging from the correct form of the Johnny Decimal system but so far this is the “best” I’ve come up with.

Any pointers on how to get closer to the original form of the system would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks!

Vash

Hey Vash. You’re in the class of people who stretch this system to its limits: I think of you as ‘freelancers’. Lots of projects, lots of clients.

I don’t have an ideal solution for this yet, and I think what you’ve got there is pretty good. Remember, the system is a tool to help you do one thing: find your stuff again. As long as it takes you towards that goal, don’t worry about how ‘correct’ it is.

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