One thing I did in 2007 was to ditch my PDA. Instead, I carry a pocket notebook. Almost daily, the best ideas I have jotted down, get organized in document drafts. You must clearly differentiate data and thought gathering from data and thought organization.
|Organization||Purpose||Entry||Retrieval||Type of support|
|None (chaos)||Gathering||Fast||Recent past||Paper, email, wiki|
|Good (clean)||Organization||Slow||Reliable||Word processors, LaTeX, HTML|
This may sound naïve. Nevertheless, I have struggled for years trying to keep organized data that should be ephemeral. More importantly, I felt guilty for how messy my notes were. No longer! Just accept chaos once and for all, just not everywhere.