Ever used a Tickler File? A “what”? If you’re prone to organization and time management techniques and tools, a Tickler File is a wonderful way to keep you on task. I first tried it several years ago and personally lacked the discipline to go into the file each day. Instead, I found myself quickly jotting down a handwritten To-Do list and then jumping right into work.
However, some I know use the Tickler File and find it very effective. Some use it for meeting notes, reminders, lists, articles, creative source material for brainstorming, or training and learning tips. If that happens to be you, see the article that LifeHack posted recently.
A common practice with tickler files is throwing everything required for a particular day in one file, without any distinguishing labels or notes to differentiate what action is required for each item.
Usually it’s enough to see a bill and know you have to pay it; but what if the actions aren’t so clear?
When using a tickler file, you want to be able to quickly, for instance at the beginning of the day, open it up, action what’s in there and then get on with your day.
If you’re like me and tried it, but couldn’t keep it up, let me know what works for you. Comment here.