Lately I’ve noticed with with some pleasure that friends and family who are not what I would call ‘online people’ or likely to be spending a lot of time blogging, are contacting me to draw my attention to blogging-related articles in newspapers and magazines. Seems they’ve “got” what I do.

For example, a neighbour, who is an accountant, dropped by a couple of days ago and lent me a professional magazine of his, INTHEBLACK, the Australian CPA’s magazine under its fancy new title. What had caught his eye, and which he thought would be of interest to me, was an item about a San Francisco blogger, Merlin Mann, editor and creator of, a blog about “personal productivity, life hacks and simple ways to make your life a little better”.

The blog’s title, “43 folders”, refers to the number of manila folders required to build a physical tickler file system.

Twelve monthly folders and 31 daily folders are used to build a rotating, one-year “look ahead” system. Maintained daily, it’s a powerful lofi hack for never forgetting to do something (and, consequently, not having to worry about forgetting to do something).

We use a ring binder with 31 dividers to manage when bills are due for payment, but I hadn’t thought of taking the principle a step further. Seems pretty practical – a ‘wish I’d thought of that’ solution to a common problem.

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