It's an inbox for me
I use my tickler file as an inbox - I'm just deciding ahead of time when I want to see some things.
Every morning, the first thing I do is empty today's folder (and any others up to the next day I plan to be in the office) and put it on my desk for processing. The types of things in there:
- directions to and agendas/support material for meetings for the day or next day if I will be leaving straight from home
- things I want to be reminded of (e.g., I have a weekly list I move from Monday to Monday: a quick review determines if I need to put anything on my action lists or not)
- things I haven't yet decided about and I'm deferring to later (e.g., seminar info)
Note that there is nothing in my tickler to which I have a commitment that is not already elsewhere in my system (either in the calendar or on a NA list). Since I review my waiting_for list at least weekly, I don't have any tickler reminders for waiting_fors.
I'll admit that I sometimes clear my desk into tomorrow's folder if I'm running out the door (like right now - gotta catch a bus). I like arriving to a clear desk and I know it will get processed first thing in the morning.