Day By Day

Simple filing system
Magazine Contributor
2 min read

This story appears in the February 2000 . Subscribe »

While more and more high-tech organizing tools spring up every day, sometimes a low-tech method works just as well. "The simpler the system, the better," says Ray Silverstein, a small-business consultant in Chicago and president of Pro-President's Resource Organization. He recommends getting organized with Oxford Plus Reinforced Expanding Files, a 1-31 daily filing system available at large office supply stores like Office Depot. A set of numbered folders, it lets you file work according to the day you'll be working on it.

Here's how it works: If something is due on March 20, estimate the time you'll need to complete it--say, three days--and file it in folder number 15. That way, you have two extra days in case of unanticipated problems or time crunches.

Silverstein also suggests buying another folder that separates work by the month. If you have a project due in September that you want to work on for the next six months, drop it into the March slot. When you reach the beginning of each month, move the projects out of that month's folder, break them down into workable increments and put them in your 1-31 file. Before you know it, you'll have cut down on clutter and better-prepared yourself for meetings and sales calls.

More from Entrepreneur

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

Whether you are launching or growing a business, we have all the business tools you need to take your business to the next level, in one place.
Enroll Now

Related Books

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

It Started As a Joke and Turned Into a Startup That Raised $1 Million in Funding