November 14, 2003, Newsletter Issue #108: Create a File Index

Tip of the Week

A quick way to find what you´re looking for within a category of files is to number and label your files and make a corresponding index. As an example, you may have a section in your files for important documents. Number each file in the category and then create an index listing each document and in which number file it´s kept. (example: Social Security Cards - File 1, Birth Certificates - File 2, etc.) When I recently had to dig out paperwork on an old mortgage for a class action lawsuit, I simply went to my Important Documents Index, saw that I did indeed have a file on the previous mortgage, and quickly located the document I needed.

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