I realized earlier this year that I have a lot of files in my Google Drive named untitled. When I thought about why I have so many untitled documents I realized it’s because most of them were temporary files that I created in order to quickly type something or quickly create a table. I never named these documents because they were throw away documents that I only needed for a temporary moment.
While having numerous untitled documents is not a bad thing, I recently have been using a Workspace Google Doc and a Workspace Google Sheet to help me organize my thoughts. There is nothing fancy about my workspace documents. I literally just click create a new document and made a blank document. When I need a quick space to type out an email, create a schedule, or crunch some numbers I open up my workspace, erase what was previously there, and start working.
In addition to limiting the number of documents in my Drive, this workflow has been super helpful in organizing my work. Instead of searching several different untitled documents trying to find what I’m looking for, I instead open up my workspace doc revision history and start looking at previous versions of my document until I find what I need.
I won’t lie, it was hard to break my habit of creating a new document every time I needed one. To help break this habit I created bookmark links on my bookmarks bar to both documents. These links serve as a quick way to access the documents. Having the links in front of me has also helped with reminding me that the documents exists and that I should be using them.
If you are like me and you have a ton of documents in your Google Drive titled untitled I suggest giving the workspace document a shot. The only thing you have to lose is another random document or sheet in your Google Drive!