Search vs. categorization, tagging and adv. sorting

I have spent many years on working with optimization of life and work. Have read/practiced most of the techniques from the old time-management stuff for 15 years ago until the most modern philosophies and tools. Dependent on where you are in your development, let me give you a quick advice!

Search beats categorization 100% of the time

Most of the people reading GTD books or similar effectivity books very quickly pick a tool and start coming up with categories, tags, folders, projects etc etc. Misunderstand me correctly! I have done all that as well. Many years after I have found that it is all for nothing. STOP doing all that.

All you need is 2-dimensional order in time, space and a damn good search tool

Using EverNote, you have few notebooks (order in Space), you have the attributes (order in time) and you have a strong search tool that OCRs your pictures for you. I have learned that most of the categorization is in vain. As you evolve and get better, you will change and your categories will get smarter and more meaningful. This is a fact that took me many tools and much hassle to understand.
This is why having a tool that will let you do quick and complex searches better than having many features, projects, categories & bells and whistles. Look out for a blog on how to search in EverNote and using attributes.

A hint, you can get your EverNote searched by google. When you search on google, you will get your evernote search results on top of the rest. If you have a plug-in for your browser, this would be part of the settings for that. I use Chrome for Mac and it works just fine!

Even if you don’t use EverNote, get to know how to search your note-taking tool. If you don’t have one!!! GET ONE NOW.

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11 Responses to Search vs. categorization, tagging and adv. sorting

  1. Wimpy June 11, 2011 at 19:54 #

    There’s a sceret about your post. ICTYBTIHTKY

  2. Cammie June 10, 2011 at 23:21 #

    No more s***. All posts of this qaultiy from now on

    • Shahram June 11, 2011 at 07:47 #

      Thank you for your comment. Hope to provide more content that you like in the future.

  3. Wiseman June 10, 2011 at 02:47 #

    Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve crheeed me up!

    • Shahram June 10, 2011 at 09:34 #

      Well, you just made my day, I am a positive feedback junky.
      Have a great day,

  4. Shahram May 5, 2011 at 07:55 #

    Thank you for your feedback.
    Will make sure to read your blogs as well.
    Have a great day,

    • Youngy June 10, 2011 at 13:29 #

      What a joy to find such clear thinking. Tanhks for posting!

  5. Shahram April 23, 2011 at 22:01 #

    Thank you for your comment, I hope to be provide more content that you like.
    I use Evernote for all my note taking and saving of information in general. Take a look at for more info. The free version is enough to begin with. there is several ways of adding content that yo will discover.

    • Patsy June 10, 2011 at 04:31 #

      Wow! That’s a raelly neat answer!

  6. Shahram April 21, 2011 at 20:38 #

    Thank you for your comment. Hope to be able to provide more.

    • Idalee June 10, 2011 at 08:02 #

      Sunods great to me BWTHDIK

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