If you recognise the wisdom of using a tickler file but you’ve never gotten on board with having a bulky box or a section of your file cabinet devoted just to the purpose, check out this tickler file in a binder.
Unfamiliar with tickler files? A tickler file is a collection of 43 folders, 31 for the days of the month and 12 for the months of the year, that you use to “mail” yourself documents to be dealt with in the future. If you have concert tickets for December, for example, that were purchased in July, put the tickets in the December folder and at the start of the month when you open the December folder they’ll be right there for you.
What if you don’t need full size folders and you don’t want to devote space to keeping 43 manila folders on your desk? At WhiteHatBlackBox they cleverly made a miniature tickler file by scaling down the full size folders to pockets on a page in a 3-ring binder.
I recently started using a 3-ring binder to hold my daily re-focus form. I have also been using it to keep my master list of action items. Using the 3-ring binder to hold my long-term productivity forms has been helpful because it provides a convenient place to view an outlook of my life. Since I’m using the 3-ring binder for items that last longer than a day, I thought it would be a good place to store my tickler file. I have 7 pages of 6 pockets per page (3 per side). There are 31 numbered pockets for the days in the month and 11 blank pockets for the months.
If you’re craving his folder setup it’s definitely a DIY job, you won’t find a 3×5 binder-based tickler file on the shelves at your local office-supply store. Alternatively, you could repurpose a recipe box to serve as a small desktop tickler that’s just the perfect size for 3×5 cards.
If you’ve tried alternative methods for maintaining a tickler file we’d love to hear about it in the comments, bonus points if you have a picture or two to share.
New Tickler File [WhiteHatBlackBox]