Not too long ago, I wrote a post on how to file miscellaneous items.
I thought it only natural to address that black sheep of filing, you know, it’s something called…[cue ominous music]…the miscellaneous folder!
It sure is tempting to create a folder, stuff various things inside of it, and call it a day.
Yes, this is a quick fix when it comes to filing things.
However, in reality, you’ll actually be doing more harm than good.
Here are ten great reasons why a miscellaneous folder is a really, really, really, bad idea.
You’ll forget what was filed inside the folder in three months’ time. No, seriously, you will.
You’ll have to define your definition of miscellaneous in order to file items in the folder.
You’ll have to update your list of items contained in the folder on a regular basis.
You’ll waste time sorting through all the items to find what you think you might have filed in the folder.
Asking someone else to pull out a particular piece of information from the file will prove to be that much more difficult.
Asking someone else to re-file a particular piece of information from the file will prove to be that much more difficult.
A paper and/or digital file can only hold so much information!
You’ll feel more unorganized with a vast quantity of miscellany.
You’ll become lax in filing information in your other files.
You’ll soon start to file everything in the folder…it is labelled miscellaneous…right?
How about you? Have you ever created a miscellaneous folder? Did it help or hurt your ability to file or find items? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!