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Chapter 10. A Crash Course in Getting Or... > The Wonderful World of Filing - Pg. 100

A Crash Course in Getting Organized 100 Finally, you have to use the trays. Don't just look at them and admire your organizational prowess. Put things in them. But make sure you put things in the right place rather than randomly sticking papers wherever they fit. And be sure you only put what belongs there. The trays are not storage spaces for any odds and ends you need to stick somewhere. Then, of course, you have to go through the trays from time to time before they start overflowing. How to do that is covered later under "The Gentle Art of Scheduling." The Wonderful World of Filing Prepare yourself for a whirlwind tour of filing. Okay, so it doesn't exactly sound like a romp in the park or a stroll through the Louvre, but what you'll discover will be infinitely useful--I promise! Call me crazy, but I happen to enjoy filing. I know I'm in the minority here, so I'll make this tour quick and painless for those of you who don't enjoy filing in your spare time. Because I do get a kick out of setting up filing systems and using them, I've had lots of practice doing it and have managed to come up with a simple system that works. You may need to vary my method slightly depending on what you need to file and how you need to use it, but you can use my system as a starting point for getting yourself organized. Even the smartest people can feel like complete idiots when it comes to setting up a filing system that is complex enough to keep your papers in order but is at least a notch down in complexity from rocket science. Having struggled with this problem myself, I've come up with a simple system. First, you need two types of file folders: regular manila file folders (or colored ones if you want to spice things up a bit or color-code your files) and hanging file folders. The regular ones should be "one-third cut," which means they have a raised tab at one of three locations across the top: left, center, or right. Most office supply stores sell them in boxes of 100 for just a few dollars. The hanging