A file folder for every day of the month sounded a bit overwhelming to me, and, as an I need to see it person, I was afraid that out of sight would be out of mind and I'd miss deadlines. Still, I liked the idea in principle, so I adapted it, creating a tickler file that had a file folder for each day of the week. That way, I'd have the opportunity to see things that were coming up every time I opened the file for that day of the week.
I used that tickler file every time I cleaned my desk, duly filing things that needed to be done into their appropriate folders. Then, I'd use it for a day or two -- maybe a week -- before I abandoned it for more visual systems.
When I rearranged my home office a couple of years ago, I once again tried the tickler file. This time, the results were...
Exactly the same.
Apparently, I'm not tickled by the tickler file.
So, last week, I once again adapted my tickler file. Gone are the files for each day of the week, replaced instead by file folders labeled by project. It may seem like a small difference, but that's how I think -- project first, time slot second.
Like so many adjustments we make when we organize by STYLE, the shift is small, but significant -- at least in theory. Time will tell whether or not this new and improved system is "the one," but, for now, I'm happy with it. It removes the files for my current projects from my desk and puts them all together in one place that I can still keep visible. Each day, I'll pull out the master folder with my project files in it and dig in.
At least that's the plan. I'll keep you posted.