After I recently posted an updated set up video for my beloved Malden, a lovely reader named Gina Burnett reached out and asked if I could do an additional video detailing what type of information I keep in the A-Z "filing cabinet" system that I've recently adopted.
Since I've been trying to do more videos, I happily obliged! So instead of overwhelming you with words, here's a bit of me blabbing on about what I keep in the system and how it works for me:
In case you can't watch the video, here are a few tips on how I've made it work:
Do any of you use the A-Z system? How does it work for you?
- Let it grow organically. While a nice full section might seem nice, it is much better to only file away things you really need.
- Which leads me into reviews. With this system, it is important to go through weekly, monthly, or whatever works for you to "clean out" things you no longer need to be carrying with you. Whether that means throwing them away or archiving them appropriately is up to you! But the system won't be efficient if you are hauling around a bunch of outdated or unnecessary info.
- A big concern I've heard about this system is that people are worried they won't remember where they filed certain info. I haven't found this to be a big problem for me, but if I do ever forget which letter I used to file info, I simply think about where I would put it if I was about to file it now. That typically jogs my memory. At the end of the day, there aren't all that many tabs, so you should be able to find anything in under a few minutes!
Labels: Filofax, Malden, Organization