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Blog: Paper Organizing Made Easy
Finding Important Papers When You Need Them

Event tickets, conference registration forms, airline e-tickets.  These are examples of paper that needs to be used on a specific day.  So, how do you keep track of it all, and have it when you need it?  A "Tickler File" can be your friend!

Some call it a "43 Folders" System and some call it a "Tickler File".  I call it a "I-Know-Where-That-Piece-Of-Paper-Is-When-I-Need-It" System.  Here's what you'll need to set it up:
  1. 43 manila 3 tab folders: 12 center cut and 31 right cut
  2. 43 hanging files (if you want to hang them, which is your option, and not necessary)
  3. 1/2 a file drawer
  4. Something to write with

Here's what you do:

  1. Label each center cut folder with one of the names of the month: January - December.
  2. Label each right cut folder with the days of the month: 1-31. 
  3. Put the 1-31 folders behind this month.  (Adjust the day if needed.)

Here's how you use it:

  1. Each day, empty the contents of your "date" folder (the 1-31 folders).  Once it's empty, file it behind the next month.
  2. For future events, drop your paper in the correct month.
  3. At the beginning of each month, empty that month's folder, and redistribute the papers to the correct date. 

Need a picture?  Here's one (click to view).

Now you'll know where your papers are and not feel that cold sweat because you have no idea where you put them (much better than a pile somewhere, I promise you).  This system is also great for bills or notes to yourself to research a vacation.  The possibilities are endless!  What will you use it for? 
Have a question?  I'm as close as an email.

posted on: 10/31/2007 10:30:00 AM by Brandie Kajino
category: Paper

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