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by: Maria Gracia
ne of the most basic ways to find papers when
  you need 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:

For example, a main category might be FINANCIAL. Some sub-categories within Financial, may be:

Savings Account

Checking Account

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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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.


For the most part, people choose to use one,
or a combination of, these basic filing systems:

Alphabetical (A, B, C, D, etc.)

Numerical (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.)

Chronological (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, etc.)


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.

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