The Tickler File System is a proven concept used throughout the years and reintroduced every once in a while to help people manage their time without forgetting important tasks. A recent popular reinterpretation is by David Allen in his 2002 book Getting Things Done.
The Tickler File System in a nutshell:
- Obtain 43 file folders and label 31 of them for each day of the month. Label the additional 12 folders for each month of the year.
- Place a reminder of each task you need to complete within the current month in the appropriate daily folder. For example, if you need to follow-up on a phone bill on the 15th of the month place the bill in folder 15. You can use anything you like as the physical reminder, for example, note cards, bills, business cards, etc.
- Place items that require follow-up in the future in the corresponding month folder.
- Every day check the appropriate folder for tasks that you need to complete that day.
- At the start of a new month, take all the items from that month’s folder and distribute them among the appropriate daily folders.
The main ideas are to:
- keep track of things that you need to do each day and in the future.
- have a physical reminder that you can see every day.
- allow you to organize your day by looking at all the tasks that must be done that day.
Today you can use electronic tickler files if you don’t have the space for the physical file folder system or if you just prefer the electronic system and reminders. A great example is Google Calendar. Create a new calendar in Google and assign daily tasks to the appropriate day with reminders. Check the calendar every day for the tasks to complete and organize your time appropriately. Continue reading “The Tickler File System – Tickled to Find I Already Use It”