Being organized was somewhat of a luxury until I became self-employed; now it's the bedrock of my life. Filmmaker Matti Haapoja walks you through how you can be organized with your work flow.
I remember I used to see productivity and organizational videos as borings and unnecessary back in another, less responsible life. Haapoja himself refers to these sort of videos he makes as boring too, but they're really not. They have the best ratio of most valuable information to minute watched of almost any video, and if the content is taken seriously, it can impact you in a meaningful way.
For me, cataloging is the holy grail of organization. At any time, from any place, I can pull up the final files, the raw files, and the relevant PSDs of any part of any project. You would be surprised just how many times that is necessary. Sometimes I'll need to show a prospect client something specific, sometimes a brand will contact me on Whatsapp to ask for an image from their client area, and sometimes I'll just want to look up some color grading or editing I did for a specific project so I can use it again. If your work is properly indexed in folders and ordered and named in a way you can understand, you can quickly navigate years and years of work effortlessly.
What's the crucial element of your organization?