While one might naturally assume otherwise, the ways of organizing information are finite.

No matter what kind of information you’re dealing with it can only be organized by location, alpha-numeric, time, category, or hierarchy.

According to Richard Saul Wurman in his book Information Anxiety 2, the L.A.T.C.H. framework can be used to organize any kind of data or information (e.g. annual reports, books, conversations, exhibitions, directories, conventions, or warehouses).

There are nuances, no doubt. But if you’re ever wondering how to organize any kind of data or information, start by considering the five L.A.T.C.H. categories.