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Indirect Access Filing Systems

(X-post from Google group.)

I followed a link to the Paper Tiger software and it started me thinking about my filing system. Even without using their software, I like the idea of having an index that gets updated with your file information. The problem of course is that since this is indirect access you can't just locate your file without using the index, but at the same time you are able to put in more information about your file in your index so that it is easier to find it when you actually do.

Here's a good link on filing systems:


Does anybody use an indirect access filing system as opposed to the direct access alpha-system that David Allen suggests? Anyone have any experiences to tell regarding this?

I decided that if I do do this then instead of using a standard linear numeric index (1..2..3, etc.) I think I would like to use date stamps for the index. So, for instance, I could file my birth certificate under the actual date of my birth, as with other items. I think I'd still maintain a direct access alpha sorted file system for files I am frequently accessing.

Does anybody know if the cheaper Brother labellers support date/time stamping?




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