I know a couple expecting their second child. They have a nice crib they want to use, but they cannot remember where the special screws are for assembling part of the crib. What I am about to demonstrate in this Instructable would have allowed them to find the missing screws in a few seconds with almost no effort.
Step 1: The Force IS With You--Use the Force!
In the graphic you see a simple text document. I made the font extra large so you can read it easily. Normally, it would be the much smaller size I usually use for documents I compose. I could title this text document "My Stuff" or "Locater."
Where I store things I will need later is not important. But, it is important that I make an entry in this text document for each item or idea or piece of information I may want to find quickly later. I used a right angle bracket or chevron (>) to separate the item from its location. I used a simple dash (-) to separate entries. These things are entirely arbitrary and your decision.
Sometimes an entry could have several key words associated with it. Include as many key words as you can conceive. You never know which one will come to your mind when you want to find something. You will not run out of space in this document, so increase your likelihood for finding the entry you need by using plenty of key words. For example, if the item you will try to find later is Coca-Cola, include key words like coke, Coca-Cola, carbonated beverage, drink, and soda pop.
Step 2: A New Use for an Old Feature
Step 3: Search
Step 4: Away From Your Computer?
I always carry a pen and a small piece of paper or two in my pocket. Scribble a note and enter the information into your computer text file the next time you are at your computer.
Step 5: Away From Home
This is a simple idea that uses a familiar computer function in a new way to manage any type of personal information you might need later. The ways that you use this to retrieve any kind of information related to your life are limited only by your imagination. As you begin to use it, you will think of even more powerful ways to manage more and more information quickly and effortlessly. One beauty of this idea is that you do not need to buy special equipment beyond the computer you already use to read this Instructable.
(The photo is from Bing images.)