Categories | Best Practices of GTD | David Allen | Getting Started | Getting Things Done | Implementation
The Tickler File is one of the “incubation” systems David recommends in Getting Things Done (p. 173). It’s also where the phrase “43 folders” comes from, as it refers to the 12 monthly and 31 daily folders that make up a Tickler File system. What is a Tickler File? It’s a three-dimensional version of a Calendar that allows you to hold physical reminders of things that you want to see or remember–not now, but in the future.
A GTDer wrote to David to ask if there’s a “lite” version of a Tickler File system:
Q: I have set up a tickler file of the 43 described folders, but I find that I am not accessing the folders except every 7-10 days. Most of my folders sit empty because things do not cross my desk in the way a typical person might expect. I am a dentist, but take care of the majority of the administrative/ business type paperwork myself. [Read more →]