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In film days, I cut 35mm negs in strips of six and put each roll into a Negafile glassine, AFTER first making a contact sheet on 8x10 paper. I labeled the contact sheet the same as the negatives, so I could file them separately. Year/Month/Subject/Roll # of #
Now, I first load my originals into a file folder structure I can access with any application.
Year folder (contains the .lrcat Lightroom catalog file)
Month folders (in the year folder)
Event/Job/Subject Name (in the month folders)
In the Event folder, I'll have some of these:
Camera JPEGs (if captured)
Then I "import" them "in place" into Lightroom, evaluate in full screen, give them star ratings, add metadata where warranted, and delete the no-stars. Then I process the five star images. Next, I process four star images, three star images, and take a longer look at the one and two star images. By that time, I usually have what I need. I export to one or more of the folders created earlier, depending on the need.
At the end of the year, I just back up the year folder to an external drive, and start a new structure and a new Lightroom Catalog! If I need to go back to an old event, I just plug in the right drive, switch catalogs, do what I need to do (often just work on a single image or two), then switch back to my current catalog and drive.
Yes, of course I back up everything in several places...