Even as an “organized person” I have my own challenges when it comes to keeping everything neat and tidy and in its place. One of the biggest challenges I have is that if it’s out-of-sight, it’s also out of my mind. I tend to keep projects that need worked on out where they’re I can see them so that I have the visual reminder to do them. Because I have so many projects, that tends to mean there’s a lot of stuff OUT…and it also means that list-making can only go so far. I still use lists and recommend them, especially for daily and weekly to-do’s and for prioritizing tasks. I also have a “master list” for things I want to accomplish with my business. But if everything I needed to do was on a list…or multiple lists…I would be overwhelmed with the number of lists and what was on them.
When I read about the idea of creating a “tickler file” in this book, I was excited at the prospect of another option for managing at least some of my work and projects in a way that would keep them where I wouldn’t forget about them, but would also would allow me to keep them tucked away and not out where they would create more clutter and chaos in my home and my mind.
Here’s how to manage those action items by creating a tickler file!
You need the following items:
- 43 file folders
- label maker (or pen/marker)
- room in your filing cabinet or a separate file box
- optional: large capacity hanging file folders (I used 2), washi tape for added color if you like, binder clips if you’d like to make day-of-the-week labels as well