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How To Organize Your Google Drive

I don’t know about you, but when I first started my business, I wish someone had taught me how to organize your google drive. Sometimes being an entrepreneur can be overwhelming if you are the unorganized type.  I am not perfect in this area, but I am striving to get better and I want to share with you today some tricks I’ve learned that have helped me stay more organized in my business, which in the long run leads to more productivity and hopefully more sales for you! 

If we’ve never met before, my name is Brooke Amber and I teach burnt-out healthcare professionals how to launch, grow, and automate a business online so you can ditch the stress and create a life of freedom doing what you love!  

How To Organize Your Google Drive

Before I share with you how to organize google drive, let me just say that if you are not familiar with google drive, it is a file storage system by google.  In order to use google drive, you do have to have a free google account.  

When you sign up, you get 15 GB of free storage right off the bat which is awesome!  Now that is shared between your google drive, email and photos but its still a great amount to get you started for free. 

Another thing I love about organizing Google Drive is that it is cloud based storage which means they are stored on the internet as opposed to using a flash drive  or external hard drive. This allows you to access your files anywhere anytime just by logging into your google account.

Step #1: Create Your Files With Broad Category Name

Obviously this will be different for everyone depending on what you have going on but for the purpose of today, I’m going to assume you are an entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur. 

Begin this process by adding folders to your drive. Simply click the +NEW button and then click Folder.   You will be prompted to to create a name for your folder which is going to be your first category name. You may want to consider typing the main category in all caps.  

An example of a file you could create is FINANCES.   Then hit the ‘create’ button. 

Other main folder categories could be:

How To Organize Your Google Drive





You get the picture!

Step #2: Order Your Folders

As you start to create these main folders, they will appear in alphabetical order. 

If you want to reorder them, you can number them sequentially so they appear in your preferred order. To do this, simply right click on the folder and hit the ‘Rename” option.

Now type a 1 in front of the name so it appears first. Repeat for all the folders.

How To Organize Your Google Drive

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Step #3: Color Your Folders

How To Organize Your Google Drive

If you want to get fancy shmancy and color code your folders, all you need to do is right click on the folder and choose ‘organize’, then choose your color.  There is a shortcut to this so you don’t have to click on each individual folder. 

Simply right click on an empty space above a folder and drag the arrow to highlight  all your folders. Once you highlight all the folders, choose one to right click, then choose ‘change color’.

Step #4: Create Your Sub-Categories

This would include different aspects or areas in your business. 

In order to create a subcategory under a main folder, we need to create a folder inside the main folder you just created. 

Double click on the folder you want to create a sub category in and this will open that folder.   Repeat the exact same steps from earlier that you used to create the original main folder.   (click New Folder, name it).  You don’t have to put these in any special order but I do suggest changing the color of the sub categories to the same color as the main folder.   

How To Organize Your Google Drive

To return to your main drive, just click on the button on the left that says main drive. 

Basically you just need to repeat these steps for every category.  The key to staying organized is to have a place for everything.

Step #5: Shared File Storage

How To Organize Your Google Drive

As you use your google drive, you may have people share files with you or perhaps you want to share files with a team member or virtual assistant.

These would be found in the Shared With Me Section on the left. You can leave them here or move them into your personal drive.

To do this, right click on the file within Share with Me, choose ‘Add to My Drive’.

Step #6: The Starred and Shortcut Section

There two sections of Google Drive I’d like to bring to you attention.  One is the Starred Section and the other is the Shortcut Section. 

Storing folders in drive is great til you have to click on 10 folders just to get to the one you need.  That’s where these options come in handy. Its almost like a bookmark section. These would be the files that you use the most often. 

To set this up, click on the file you want to star, right click it and choose ‘organize’, then choose ‘add to starred’.  You can not only put files in the starred section but folders as well.  Putting a file or folder in a starred section does not take them out of your regular drive.

How To Organize Your Google Drive

To use the Shortcut option, simply right click on the file or folder and chose ‘organize’ then  ‘add to shortcut’.   You can also put links to your most frequently used files inside your management tool if you use one.  I personally use Trello for this.

Step #7: Move Existing Folders and Files

How To Organize Your Google Drive

You might be saying, “Well Brooke, this is great if you are starting fresh! I’d love to organize my google drive but my drive is full and its a mess. 

My friend, I have good news for you.  All you need to do is create the folder category  then right click on the file you want moved, and choose ‘organize’ then ‘move to’  option.  This will give you a drop down list of options. Choose the folder you just created and wa-la!. 

I really hope that this blog about how to organize your google drive really inspired you to spend some time organizing your OWN google drive.  If I did, leave a comment telling me how well your google drive is organized?

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