hi may. what an enthusiastic rejoinder you have given us! thank you
I see your point, i.e. just organize everything by date and how often it is used... Except you do a lot more than that yourself...
Here is a description of the system:
"The gist of the Noguchi scheme is this: every single incoming document, no matter what it is, is placed in a large envelope, which is then placed on its edge on a shelf, so that all the envelopes line up in a horizontal row like books. New envelopes are inserted on the left side of the row, and any envelope that's taken out is put back on the left. After a while, those envelopes that contain the most recent and most often accessed documents will end up on the left side of the row, while the oldest and least used documents will be on the right. In theory, this makes documents easier to access, since they are automatically prioritized by frequency of use."
Why add another concepts like keywords and random codes and note links and etc. at all then?
Well, maybe this is why - a comment about this system:
"I have a lot of experience with the Noguchi method in the form of common desk piles and I can tell you that while it is efficient on the front end, it is very lacking in the retrieval of information. In my opinion, it is not a filing system. However, I could see it being workable if the number of documents in it is kept to a dozen or less and it is backed up by a real filing system"
Kind of makes sense... So your "real filing system" is basically the same as probably a lot of Evernote users, except you type the dates manually and use keywords which are also harder to add and manage instead of tags.
My point was really to demonstrate that we all end up doing the same thing, albeit in different ways. Maybe I failed? Does this make sense?
We all still organize things and also we do it the same technically (pretty much). There is no free lunch.
perhaps may, if you give it a try, you might also end up sloughing off notebooks and tags
I'm not going to give up tags because:
Keywords take more effort to type
That's pretty much it! Why would I want to spend additional effort for no real reason?
there is certainly some overlap between the concept of tags and the one of keywords in a title, they seem quite different to me
trust me, they're the same thing. Yes there's difference but it's only technical and not conceptual. You can treat and use them in exactly the same way. Tags are just easier to use and keywords have no advantage so sticking to keywords only is absolutely pointless. (I use both keywords and tags as I mentioned in previous post in this thread)
you can't really go wrong with tags, they're the most efficient way to organize notes in Evernote (considering its current design) and yes, I've looked at all of the imaginably possible ways to organize notes in Evernote.
Tags have no real disadvantages, they're just keywords and a way to group notes.
Your manual approach basically just adds complexity because keywords are harder to manage compared to tags and provide no benefits in return for additional effort... That's not true simplicity nor true minimalism. That's pretty much the only criticism from me about your system.
Tags are actually more minimalistic since you re-use each tag for multiple notes instead of re-typing the same keyword manually. In other words you actually input LESS data if you use tags. Tags are much tidier if that matters to you. But it certainly doesn't matter to me personally! Lol
Don't get me wrong though, I like your approach in general, i.e. to organize as little as possible and also rely on search and so on, I've mentioned it in my previous posts in this thread.