How to Keep Track of Your Drafts

Get-It-Done Guy's quick tip on keeping your electronic progress organized

Stever Robbins
1-minute read

When you're working on a document that’s likely to have several revisions, add a version number to the end of the file name. When you open the file to make changes, immediately save it as the next version.

For example, when writing my book, I named the file “Work Less and Do More v1.” The second I started revising it, I saved it as “Work Less and Do More v2.”  Keeping separate versions lets you see how a document evolves and makes it easy to recover earlier material that may have gotten changed in later rounds of edits.

For a more thorough look at file naming, see How to Name Files.

About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.