I've thought a bit of how to arrange for all my little projects, with a mixed success with every method. My main task is that of remembering every part of some task, while remembering other tasks and tangents as well. Sometimes I lose the sight on what's interesting to me.
- Self-made how-to guides: I follow my own advice just ok, so it works But a guide is just on one topic, so there's still problems.
- To-do lists: these tend to skip the motivation phase, so I tend not to be motivated to follow my own to-do lists. I tend to lose these lists if there's a lot of time between making the list and doing the tasks.
- Mind maps: These seem to work a lot like my mind does, but I'd have to make them huge to account for everything that comes into my mind. I don't know how I could tie individual mind maps together.
- Schedules: Ok for keeping track of time spent to some task, and remembering some absolute times. Bad when the schedules change, makes me abandon them alltogether. Moreover, schedules have to be kept track of, physically.
- Interlinked www documents: I did these for a while, and it worked absolutely great! I was able to make tables of contents, different lists, prose, multimedia, all linked together. I found it a tiring task to maintain the links tho.
- Wiki software running on my own computer: Never tried, I'll want to! Editing the individually created documents is very easy with MediaWiki software, and the interlinking works great, too. I don't remember what's everything that needs to be set up for Wiki to work.
- Self-written papers stored in file cabinets: These are fun to do. It's easy to write drawings, texts, pictures.. and connect them all. It's in easily accessible form. But it's hard to maintain an index of the topics, with the different topics varying immensely in length, sometimes needing just 1 page, sometimes 80 pages.
- Individual documents spread out on the hard drive: This is what I've done so far, too, and I hardly ever find my old documents again. The names I write aren't descriptive enough.. good name would be like 80 characters. The directories become easily cluttered.
- Notes on a bulletin board: they work for a while until I run out of space. I also don't like for some of the stuff being visible to others. Perhaps I could make a big bulleting board, like 6'x4', and make a curtain over it
So, what's worked out for you the best?
edit: on the amount of information I produce, it's about 2-6 pages of text on a word processor each day for about 10 years, and 2-4 pages of drawings, text and such on paper.