Weekly Work-planning

by Mike Clayton  - December 17, 2012

This autumn has been an extremely busy time for me, and early in the autumn, I started�trialing�a new work-planning and organising system.� It is very simple and, my conclusion is, it works magnificently.

It is based on an inexpensive stationery item, a simple multi-part folder.� In my case, I use a none-part file like this one: https://amzn.to/U2dqJh.

Elba 9-part Organiser File

What I did � initially with pencil and, now I have decided to stick with the system, with printed labels � is label the nine parts:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Next Week, Week + 2, Later, Reference

Weekly Organiser

I hope the first five are pretty self-explanatory.� At the end of each week, I move all of the papers, notes and other materials I have in the �Next Week� tab to the day on which I want to deal with them.� I move all of the �Week + 2� items into the �Next Week� tab, and review all of the items in the �Later� tab and move some of them into day tabs, �Next Week� or �Week + 2�.� I use the �Reference� tab to house any papers I want to have neatly stored on my desk: easy to find, but out of the way.

On the front, I have a small spring clip, holding a small pad of To Day sheets.

Each evening, I do my OATS Plan for tomorrow, looking in the relevant tab and making my list.� I keep my running To Do List in the �Week +1� tab and at the end of each week, I use Post It notes to transfer items into the day tabs.

That�s it.� This is the closest I have ever come to devising a �system� as I don�t really believe that they help most people.� Systems work if you are a system person and if the system is right for you.� This is more a way of storing and organising ideas and information to help you use your own process.� If it works for you, do let me know.


Nine-part folder on amazon: https://amzn.to/U2dqJh
Available in blue, red, yellow and green card

Twelve-part folder on Amazon: https://amzn.to/UpbYi1
Available in blue (this link), red, yellow and green card

Smarter Nine-part folder on Amazon: https://amzn.to/UpbOqN

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