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  • I need a tickler file

    Can I just go to an office store and buy a tickler file, or I make it myself?
    All I know is that it consists of 43 folders. 12 for months, and 31 for days.

    Aren't there supposed to be more like 365 folders, one for every day of the year?

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    Hi Yonyz

    You can buy one pre-made from our store: https://secure.davidco.com/store/pro...7&cat=0&page=1

    or simply make your own by getting 43 folders of your choice and labeling them (12 for the months and 31 for the days.)

    This free article will walk you through what to do: https://secure.davidco.com/store/pro...3&cat=0&page=1

    Hope this helps!

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    • #3
      Tickler

      Originally posted by yonyz View Post
      Can I just go to an office store and buy a tickler file, or I make it myself?
      All I know is that it consists of 43 folders. 12 for months, and 31 for days.

      Aren't there supposed to be more like 365 folders, one for every day of the year?
      there are only 31 folders (for the days of the month), 12 month folders. That adds up to 43. You keep the monthly folders in back of the daily folders and then change out the monthly when the month changes.

      Hope that makes sense. In short, you move the folders around.

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      • #4
        But what if I need to put something in the tickler for a specific day in the next month?
        I'd like to take the daily folder with me to school.
        Last edited by yonyz; 08-12-2009, 05:50 PM.

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        • #5
          what I do

          Originally posted by yonyz View Post
          But what if I need to put something in the tickler for a specific day in the next month?
          I'd like to take the daily folder with me to school.
          Let's assume it's August
          If I have something in the September file, for example, and it's date specific, I put a sticky on there with the Sept. date on it. I most likely will also put a reference on my calendar.

          About the 3rd week of August, I'll pull out that Sept. file and start putting items under the appropriate date. The reason I'm waiting until toward the end of the month is that I don't want things confused with the August materials.

          So on Sept. 1 the only things in your daily-numbered files are those things related to Sept.

          Just as an aside: In January I was unexpectedly stuck out of town for almost a month. I asked my husband to go through each date in the tickler file in my desk and tell me what was in there. Then I told him what to do with each item. Two of my friends got birthday cards almost a month too early. :-}

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          • #6
            Seems a bit complicatedת but I guess I'll get used to it.

            Two of my friends got birthday cards almost a month too early. :-}
            Hehe.

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            • #7
              Not complicated

              Originally posted by yonyz View Post
              Seems a bit complicatedת but I guess I'll get used to it.

              Hehe.
              It's very easy, really. By the way, the tickler file was one of the last things I implemented GTD-wise. I kept resisting it. Now I wonder how I ever lived without it. It's a nice place to park things where you know you can find them when you need them. One word of caution: You MUST look at it every single day!!

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              • #8
                What about next year?

                Originally posted by yonyz View Post
                Aren't there supposed to be more like 365 folders, one for every day of the year?
                What about next year? To be safe you need folder for each day of your life - at least 36525 folders!

                43 folders is a scalable solution with reliable dispatch algorithm. Nobody invented anything better.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by yonyz View Post
                  Can I just go to an office store and buy a tickler file, or I make it myself?
                  All I know is that it consists of 43 folders. 12 for months, and 31 for days.

                  I use the Staples Desk Apprentice Organizer (the way my mind works, out of sight, the more easier it is to forget all about it).

                  You can get it at:

                  http://www.staples.com/The-Desk-Appr...?cmArea=SEARCH

                  I use 12 hanging folders that I labeled with months, and 31 hanging folders for the days. These hanging files have 7 notches for the plastic tabs. For the months, I put the plastic tabs into the last 2 notches, and for the days, I staggered the plastic tabs, halting right before the last two notches and then starting again at the beginning until I reached Day 31.

                  Still working on remembering to change the folder for the day everyday (since right now I have no job and not too many responsibilities, much of my folders are empty).

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                  • #10
                    lolajl: The website's products are not available internationally. I'm not from the US or Canada.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by yonyz View Post
                      Can I just go to an office store and buy a tickler file, or I make it myself?
                      All I know is that it consists of 43 folders. 12 for months, and 31 for days.

                      Aren't there supposed to be more like 365 folders, one for every day of the year?
                      Mine is a purchased thing but you can easily make it from folders.

                      The reason you don't bother with a file for every day is that much of the time a single months worth of stuff is not too big. The way I do mine is that on the last day or 2 of a month when I check the folder in the morning I also grab the next month's stuff out and spend the 5 minutes or so it takes to put it in the day it belongs. It goes a lot faster if as you put stuff into the future months you put a quick note on it with the date you plan to re-visit it.

                      Mine tickler file actually has several section. I have 2 sets of monthly folders and the 1-31 day folders. The current year is in the main working file and works like a normal tickler. The other set of monthly stuff is actually a history file. Through the month as I find notes, cards or things that I may want too put in my scrapbooks I toss them into that months folder. When I get to doing my scrapbook page layouts (I usually do chronological books) I grab the folder with my memorabilia and sort through it as I lay out the pages. Some gets tossed but some makes it into my family books for that year.

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                      • #12
                        Tickler file photo

                        Here's a photo of my tickler file setup
                        http://picasaweb.google.com/phillipw...14253650512402

                        Phil

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                        • #13
                          This is HUGE, Phil.

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                          • #14
                            My tickler is simpler and smaller, but it works. Included

                            -12 monthly tabs
                            -12 monthly folders, one behind each monthly tab
                            -31 folders labelled 1, 2..., one folder that I move daily from one month to the next.

                            The tabs are thick cardboard and store-bought, but the folders are all self-labelled.

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                            • #15
                              My tickler

                              Here's mine
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