Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I became aware of the tickler file with office work and find that it has use with managing every day chores at home as well. For those unaware of a tickler file, it is basically a leter size file with 43 folders, 31 numbered from 1-31 for the days and 12 more for the months. If May 15, 2014 is the current date, The first folder is May then folders 15-31 follow, then June, then folders 1-14. So in general the folder for the current day and month is up front then folders appropriate for the next 30 or so days. So if I have a doctors appointment coming up on June 10 and there is an important document regarding that appointment it would be filed in folder number 10. As each day passes, the items in that folder for that day would be processed and the folder would be moved to follow the folder(s) for the next month.
Right now I have papers for an important meeting on February 11 in folder # 11, and papers for an doctors visit filed in the June folder. As you can see a tickler file is a handy tool for keeping papers that are needed at a future date.
A tickler file can also be used to put items that you are unsure of the necessity thereof aside to be considered in the future. For instance an event flyer for a 5k race in May could be placed in the April or May folder depending on when you feel would be a good time to reconsider it. And if you are in the process of tossing out unnecessary items and are unsure of a need for a certain item, you can put a note re that item in the tickler file for consideration again at a later time. Some times a tickler file is needed to remind you of a project that is waiting for the optimum conditions to do. Like plans for a rainy day family weekend event at the indoor park would be placed in a date for one Friday but moved to the next Fridays date if rain was not forecast for that week. Also, information from relatives could be collected and placed a week prior to an important day for which you may want to write them so you could be up to date when you do.
Many of you will find other uses of a tickler file that I have not mentioned.