Re: filing systems
Hushing-Kline Family (spinynrm@FIX.NET)
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 08:12:35 +0100
No guaranteeing that my system *really* works, but for my paper, I use the
binder system; takes a fair amount of space, but at least I can find my
subject at a glance.
I tend to organize my binders by project or area of Scouting; Wood Badge
(cub) , Wood Badge (Boy Scout), Exploring, Tigers, District Training,
District Rosters, Roundtable, Pow Wow,...etc. These binders usually
contain mostly reference materials, whether printed or collected, or notes
taken at a training.
I further have ONE drawer of a file cabinet; these files contain forms,
loose papers on transient subjects and multiple copies of reference
materials that are specific enough that I don't want to donate a whole
binder to them.
And then there's the pile method. Oh yea, my whole family lives by the
pile method. But we only allow 3 at a time. One by the phone ("But I
NEED those notes there for the phone calls I have to make"), one on the
counter ("They came in the last few days [in the mail, on the door step,
from the last meeting]") and most scary of all, the pile that collects the
other piles when I have to clean up for guests. THAT one has to be sorted
weekly for important stuff. Most often, the stuff in that pile goes to be
filed in the binders or the drawer.
I have *heard* there are families that don't live by the pile method. Just
don't know if I trust them or not ;-).
On the computer side of things, I have a Mac, so I can organize the stuff
however I want...it tends to mirror my paper system. Since the Mac allows
you to use whatever name you want, of a substantial length, I can be very
Good luck, Bob. One piece of advice when tackling any sort of organizing
project; start small, one bit at a time, and don't let it frustrate you.
Decide on a system, and start with the newest stuff first. As time allows,
do the older stuff.
W-CS-37 (I used to be a fox...)
WE4-53-97 (I used to be an antelope...)
Del Norte District Training Chairman
Los Padres Council, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City