I have label makers for my work office and my home office (Brother P-Touch 1750) and am using them for lebeling my general reference files as recommended in the GTD book. It makes very nice, neat tabs that are easy to read, but it clearly takes extra time to make and attach a label compared to just writing on the tab with a pen. The benefits of neat labels are clear, but I am starting to seriously doubt whether the benefits are really worth the cost of the extra time it takes, (not to mention the financial cost, which is mostly sunk now for me anyway).
It is hard for me to quantify the difference in time and convenience, but the inconvenience of using the label maker and affixing the label is, I think, leaving me a little reluctant to really stay on top if my filing like I should. It seems to me that in the true spirit of "getting things done" in an expedient and efficient manner, we should just be writing on the tabs and being done with it so we can get on to something more valuable to do.
Of course, I think it is fine for those who like making the labels to do so, but for those who fail to grasp the fun of it, should we eliminate this step?
What do you think? Any opinions?