This past summer, when I first read GTD, I got all hyped up to find a labeler. Then I saw that my son had a Dymo LetraTag (www.dymo.com) at home. I tried it and it worked fine. I work in a family business. The next day I mentioned to my father that I need a labeler. He said that he gave my son the Dymo and that he had one at work that he never used.Originally Posted by Scott in GA
Now I started to get very nervous. I knew that DA stressed the importance of being able to plug the labeler in so that you never run out of electricity. I've been using mine since July and I have been very happy. It needs 6 AA batteries and I always have plenty of batteries in the office. I am glad I don't have another gadget on my desk that needs wires. My phone and Palm, and PC and printer cables are in enough of a tangle already.
I keep my Dymo in my draw and use it all the time.
From a broader perspective, DA's advice was spot on. I used to studiously avoid ever making new folders. Now, with my handy-dandy labeler in my desk drawer, I make new labels daily.
(Off-topic fyi: I also follow the advice of many here and keep an Excel spreadsheet of all my folder names in column A, and anything important I want to say in column B. So, if I add a new document to a folder, and I think there's any chance that I might not remember that it's there, I'll add to column B a description of that document. Six months later I might ask myself, "Where did I put the health insurance plan analysis?" So I'll hit Ctrl-F to search "health insurance". Someday/maybe Ill add worksheets for the contents of my other cabinets in my office.)