This article is a summary of a YouTube video "The PARA Method: Your Key To Organising Your Digital Life" by Jonny Boyd
TLDR Use the PARA method to organize digital information based on projects, areas, resources, and archives, rather than using separate folders for each subject.
Organizing information based on separate folders for each subject is not beneficial, instead, we should organize information according to our commitments.
Organize your digital life using the PARA method, which categorizes information into projects, areas, resources, and archives, with the first step being to create an archive folder for all documents and cloud storage.
Create project folders for each defined project and use an inbox as a temporary folder for organizing items in the power system.
The PARA method helps organize your digital life by accurately describing and prioritizing files in the inbox and projects folder.
Your projects have goals and deadlines, while areas are ongoing and indefinite, such as finances, where you can organize bills, receipts, and budgets.
Areas are things that need long-term management, while resources are things we have an interest in and can be shared, but we should keep a privacy boundary between the two.
Implement the power system consistently across all platforms and apps to avoid confusion and save time when managing information.
The PARA Method is a flexible and adaptable productivity system for organizing information, recommended for beginners and experienced users, with additional resources available.