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colorful sticky notes?????
My first step was the venerable sticky note method. I would put sticky notes on the articles with a few quick key words on the part that flapped outside the magazine. Even in the dreaded stack, I could see the keywords on the sticky notes and pull out the appropriate article. Worked okay, but I still wasted time looking through the stack and getting sidetracked by the other articles!
|Ideas "ripped" from the headlines!|
Step three harked back to my college days: random access file allocation. On a computer, files are stored in pieces and non-sequentially and an index (called a File Allocation Table or FAT) is maintained of their locations. In non-computer practice, this involved three-hole punching the pulled-out articles and sticking them in a binder in the order in which they were found. My brain was the FAT. Not surprisingly, the FAT forgot pretty quickly and I still had to fumble through the keywords, although the articles were no longer in danger of flying off the table. Thunking off the table, perhaps.
|The snap of the binder rings makes me feel so organized!|
What's next? I suppose I could alphabetize or subdivide the tabs. If I really wanted to get fancy, I could scan the articles into the computer and create an index or use an online indexing tool. Until then, I'll continue being destructive; it really stirs up my creativity!
How do you organize your idea files?