Welcome to episode 1 of the Nitty-Gritty
This is the first episode of a new occasional series within the Life Story Coach podcast. In the Nitty-Gritty, we’ll talk about the practical aspects of our work. Today, we’re going look at file naming conventions.
Yep, it’s dry and boring. But you won’t think it’s boring if things go haywire with your files because you never bothered to adopt a naming convention.
Why do we need a file naming convention?
So that we can put our hands on our files quickly and easily, and so they don’t go missing. Or if they do, we know how they’re named so we can go look for them.
Let your naming convention evolve; then make sure to stick with it consistently!
HINT: Start your client folders with a # (this will bump them to the top of your folder list in Dropbox’s finder window)
Standard folders within each client’s folder:
- interviews and transcripts
- drafts delivered
- scans (including a separate folder for online scans)
Want to see what my naming convention looks like? Download the PDF here.
Links and tools mentioned:
Pat McNees’ Writers and Editors
Adobe Bridge (available by subscription only; try looking for an older version to buy)
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