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    Question regarding filling. Once I've removed all hanging file folders, and set up a A-Z system (Acme Water-correspondence , Bell Canada-Statements, etc) how do I know where each letter begins? Should I have some type of divider to so I know where C ends and D begins ?

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    I would suggest do whatever works for you.

    In my filing, I do not use any lettered dividers. The folders will naturally arrange themselves (with a little help from you). My biggest tip would be label everything clearly so it is very easy to see.

    BUT, resist the temptation to buy a label printer. I feel they fall into the category of "cool gizmos that make you feel like you organized but really just suck time from your schedule" (sorry) Also, they are not "chick-magnets" the way the commercials claim. Mr. Microphone, on the other hand, is definitely a chick magnet.

    One last tip: Label printers are actually mind-control devices controlled by the NSA in cooperation with the CIA. For you folks out there using them on a regular basis, haven't you always wondered why you get hungry in the middle of the day for no reason, and the way you start to feel tired at night? Enough said...

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    • #3
      Dissenting opinion: if you have the labelmaker and blank folders out, it takes all of 30 sec to make a new folder. Given the relatively small cost, and the increased legibility of labels (I like black text on white labels for manilla folders) it is well worth it to me.

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      • #4
        Reference Filing

        I've created a simple Access database - that I keep open and minimized on my desktop - to create file folder labels. I almost always make two or more at a time and there's a way to use Avery sheet labels - starting where you left off. As a bonus - I can format a quick alpha report of what files already exist for quick reference at my desk. HTH. I use the A-Z file dividers you can get in any stationery store

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        • #5
          Dayne, I encountered that issue during GTD coaching, and Megg told me about the Manilla A-Z file dividers. They're thick enough to not bend and a little taller than a Pendaflex. I use one manilla folder per pendaflex, with my labels on the Pendaflex. When you drop those A-Z cards in between the letter transitions in your files, it works wonders because you can then quickly zip into the right letter with just a glance. I ordered mine online from OfficeMax.com, they were delivered the next day. A bit pricey but well worth it.

          -Steve

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          • #6
            Labelers

            Before reading GTD, I would have never have even considered buying a label printer. I tried it, and finding things among my neatly labeled folders is just quicker and easier than before. And for me it's just quicker than trying to print them from the computer.

            There is also a psychological benefit to the neatness that makes you feel in control (and that's a chick magnet).

            Originally posted by JohnParlabane
            BUT, resist the temptation to buy a label printer. I feel they fall into the category of "cool gizmos that make you feel like you organized but really just suck time from your schedule" (sorry) Also, they are not "chick-magnets" the way the commercials claim. Mr. Microphone, on the other hand, is definitely a chick magnet.

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            • #7
              File Dividers

              Thanks Steve. That's exactly what I was looking for. I was able to stop and get some on the way home. I was worried I would have to go back to hanging files.

              Also, I did initially resist getting a labeler, but the more I got into the GTD approach I realized it's value.

              Thanks again for all the helpful responses

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              • #8
                Could have fooled us!

                It's true, labelers are a "gadget."

                (Raise your hands tecno-geeks!)

                It continues to surprise me the feedback we get on the labeling system! When we've coached clients with desks piled high with last year's Christmas Cards and this year's quarterly reports, we've found the labeler the fastest way to get them current.

                Do I file because I have a labeler? Or, do I label so I file? Whatever that "fine" line is, I know that I have a Gen Ref system that is current, that I trust, and that I enjoy using!

                Again, each person will take and use what works for them. The feedback we have gotten over the years has been positive... people who use a labeler file more!

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                • #9
                  Re: Could have fooled us!

                  Originally posted by Jason Womack
                  Do I file because I have a labeler? Or, do I label so I file? Whatever that "fine" line is, I know that I have a Gen Ref system that is current, that I trust, and that I enjoy using!
                  Like David Allen says, "sometimes all you need is a good trick." Well, for many of us (myself included) using the labeler is our trick to get us in the habit and mode of filing things properly in our general reference files. It is that simple.

                  --- JRJ

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                  • #10
                    Re: The Labelling Controversy

                    Originally posted by CosmoGTD
                    So Avery labels for MS Word work perfectly for me from my Win98 laptop.
                    Cheaper, and Faster, and Easier for me!
                    Are you honestly saying that your Windows 98 laptop, (at least a thousand dollars) plus your printer, (at least a couple hundred dollars) plus a sheet of label paper is cheaper then a $29.99 labeler?

                    Sorry... I couldn't resist.

                    --- JRJ

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                    • #11
                      Re: The Labelling Controversy

                      [quote="CosmoGTD"]i can do one label at a time [quote]

                      Hello, I haven't posted here before so I hope this quote thing works.

                      I've read DA's book twice and did the Barnes & Noble Class and have been reading the posts here. I get a lot of useful information here and it has helped me to get started with a system that I am actually doing.

                      I've always been told that you can not run a label sheet through a printer twice. Because the printer melts the glue on the labels. So, I've never done one label at a time. How do you do it?

                      BTW, I do use a brother labeler and i love it!

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                      • #12
                        Hello

                        Ok, so I didn't add the quote correctly, will work on that one later.

                        I had to sign in as a guest because I thought I had registered, but I couldn't find my username or ID...but now I don't think I ever registered because I would have remembered that the time zone was wierd. I am in California. Would that be GMT -1 or GMT -2?

                        I promise not to send any more posts before I have had my first cup of coffee for the day!

                        Now it's off to my weekly review. Sunday is a good day to do my review as I get no interruptions. I am not at work and on Sunday, my family thinks if they stay away from me I won't make them go to church! So I have a few hours of blessed quitness on sunday mornings.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Could have fooled us!

                          Like David Allen says, "sometimes all you need is a good trick." Well, for many of us (myself included) using the labeler is our trick to get us in the habit and mode of filing things properly in our general reference files. It is that simple.

                          --- JRJ[/quote]

                          I don't have anything to add, but I thought this statement was so powerfully true to my own experience that I wanted to record my endorsement of it.

                          Andrew

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                          • #14
                            Hanging Files

                            I've never been able to figure out what kind of files David Allen is talking about. He doesnt like hanging files - whats the alternative he recommends.

                            I'd prefer an image instead of an explanation if someone knows of a link to a website...

                            Thanks
                            DM

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                            • #15
                              I believe DA recommends just using plain manilla file folders placed one after antoher in a file drawer with a moveable backplate to shorten the drawer to keep the folders from falling over.

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