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So once in awhile I open up this book on crafting titled Hey Day! Super-Amazing, Funk-Da-Crazing, Ultra-Glazing Things To Do, Make, and Ponder Every Day of the Year. The book is divided into 356 projects -- one for each day of the year.

A few minutes ago I opened up the page for January 2, and the authors (Super Clea and Keva Marie) are suggesting that today would be a good day to create what they're calling a Future File system. That is, a filebox to save the items that grab your attention and which you want to remember for the future. You know, for that rainy day when you're ready to work on whatever idea came to mind out. (Should. That. Day. Ever. Come. But I digress...)

This year I intend to finally begin looking at story (novel, play, screenwriting) idea-capturing and sorting applications, beginning with StoryMill (Mac) and Scrivener (both Mac and now Windows). These are both examples of Future File systems (in this case, for filing ideas for stories).

What is your favorite Future File system? Think outside the (digital) box. I mean, Evernote's great, I use it -- but is it really the go-to for all purposes? What about stuff you discover in the physical world -- is Evernote still the best application to use for documenting those items? What other application or methods do you find work for you?

asked Jan 02 '13 at 18:11

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edited Jan 02 '13 at 18:14

I like manually applying variations of the outline system with accommodating nomenclature. Not very inventive I guess but it tends to work for me. Brute force FTW.

answered Jan 02 '13 at 19:39

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In a physical box?

(Jan 02 '13 at 19:59) Harold Harold's gravatar image
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