Using 43 Folders as Catagories
When getting started with the 43 Folders system, it is best to get used to the idea of manually dealing with paperwork. That's right – normal everyday paperwork. With this system, there is no online calender to update, no mobile device to keep dealing with and no in-house note system to keep going. All you need to deal with is hand held paper, work related paper items and file folders.
To begin you will need to have 43 file folders. The 1 through 31 folders should be labeled just with their number. For example, when you look down at the file folders you should see "1, 2, 3, 4" and so on up to the number 31. The reason for this is because there are 31 days in each month with the exception of September, April, June, November, and February. Now, the extra folders are for the twelve months and should be labeled with each month's name.
The idea is to keep track of daily tasks, paper communications and notes by filing them in the folder marked with the day of the month that you are on. Notes and agendas can be filed away on the day that they need to be taken care of on, so when you start that day and pull that folder you will be ready for that day. The basic idea is to store up coming events by daily and monthly activities that can create categories for a filing system.
Each day's file folder is a category, as each month's file folder is a grouped category. The day starts with action items that are pulled from the day's file folder and then dealt with, while incoming items that will need action can be filed away in a file folder either marked as a day category or a month category.
The reasoning behind these daily and monthly categories for a filing system is to be proactive in dealing with action items. There are many times in which paperwork is filed away, lost in different file folders and not taken care of at all. With the 43 Folders system, each action item gets the attention it deserves on days that the paper work and other work related items need to be taken care of.
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