3 Simple Filing Guidelines
by Maria Gracia
One of the most basic ways to find papers when you
them is to retrieve them from an effective filing system. A good filing system will allow you to find what you're
looking for in 10 seconds or less.
Here are 3 simple filing guidelines that can help:
A filing system is only effective, if you can find
everything you need, when you need it--without a struggle.
And all good filing systems have different categories of
papers. Your papers are either going to fall into a MAIN
category, or a SUB-category.
For example, a main category might be FINANCIAL. Some
sub-categories within Financial, may be:
--Money Market Account
In your filing cabinet, your main categories should always
be hanging file folders with a labeled tab. Your
sub-categories should be labeled manila file folders inside
the appropriate main category hanging folder.
2. BASIC FILING SYSTEMS.
For the most part, people choose to use one, or a
combination of, these basic filing systems:
A. Alphabetical (A, B, C, D, etc.)
B. Numerical (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.)
C. Chronological (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, etc.)
The one you use, depends on what you're using it for. For
example, if you need to keep files for all of your
customers (or associates, friends, etc.), alphabetical by
last name usually will work best.
For sequential case numbers or projects that are numbered,
a numerical system would probably work best.
If it is necessary for you to find things by date, then
chronological may be your choice.
Some people get really creative and use a combination of
these systems. For example, you may want your main
categories to be chronological, but the sub-categories
inside to be alphabetical.
If a file isn't labeled properly, it's not going to be quick and easy to find:
* Always write your subject on the tab of the file folder,
close to the top of the tab, so you can easily see it when
you're looking through your files.
* Use a medium point, black marker to label your files. Print; don't use script.
* Use as few words as possible on the tab.
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