Sly Marketing : Jens-Petter Berget

Tickler File

I usually don’t have any problems finding topics to write about. But, something has happened to me recently. You can read more about the reason why.

It’s not that I have some sort of writer’s block. It more feels like I’m stuck between writing about something that’s interesting to me (because of what I’m currently experiencing in life) and finding a new niche for my blog. I’m somewhere inbetween.

I still write short paragraphs every morning (I don’t call it a journal, but it’s similar). This is the time when I reflect on what’s been going on in my life and try to answer questions like:

– How do I want to be remembered?
– How can I help someone today?
– Who can benefit from the effects of my life if I live it well?

Now that I’m stuck. I believe it’s important to just keep going instead of waiting to see what’ll happen next.

I don’t know who said it, and I don’t remember the quote exactly, but it’s related to what’s going on in my writing:

“A powerful person is someone who knows the decisions that they make today will create the tomorrow they will live in.”

I don’t know what will happen next. But, what you can expect is this:

– I’ll be connecting events, actual and imaginary.
– I will be a good listener.
– I will be curious.

The tickler file

I am curious. Now more than ever. One thing I discovered just a few days ago is the tickler file (it’s also called 43 folders system). I am now using it along with GTD (the gettings things done method) and Todoist. I use a digital tickler file inside Dropbox. It feels a bit back to the basics. But, at the same time, it feels right.

I have created 43 folders inside Dropbox (I use Dropbox because it can sync to all my devices). I have labeled all the folders based on (future) dates. 12 folders labeled with the months of the year, and 31 folders with numbers for each day of the month. Anything I need to remember for a future date will go into one of the folders.

The only numbers available in this month’s folder are the remaining dates/numbers. When a new day is here, I’ll move the empty folder to the next month. And, if I haven’t finished everything inside, I’ll move the content to a different folder.

At the end of the month, the next month’s folder is opened and the contents will be placed into the appropriate numbered days, and the empty folder (the past month) is placed at the back of the months.

This article was inside today’s folder, but as soon as I published it, I moved it from today’s folder and into my archives (inside Dropbox).


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