I have again some questions about filing and setting up a filing system. As David Allen criticises, most people try to organize their filing system like a personal organizer ordered by areas of their life (e.g. files for work related stuff in an other place than files that are related to personal topics). I know that David Allen recommends a simple A-Z filing system with plain manila folders.
I have previously tried to set up simple filing system, which has not really worked for me. Now I am thinking about restructuring my filing system. But as I thought about it some questions arose:
I have different bank accounts; would you file them under "bank name" or "financial - bank name" (e.g. "Bank of America","Chase" vs "Financial - Bank of America", "Financial - Chase")
If you buy electric appliances, an TV set for example, you get manuals, warranty information and a bill. Would you file them as "TV set" or "Manuals - TV", "Warranty - TV" or would you recommend to have a "Warranty - 2007" because when you purge your files in most cases you could trash the "Warranty 2007" folder in the year 2010.
If I make to many "topic - subtopic" files, do I order my files in a to complicated way? Do I make the same mistake as many trying to organize instead of file instantly? How deep should I go with my "topic - subtopic - sub subtopic - ..." files?
What are your best tricks for filing? Do you have some insight you want to share? Are there other things where it is better to have a "general topic - year" for knowing when to trash files?
3rd-cut or straight-cut manila folders?
I would be great to hear some good tips, tricks and insights that I finally have a working filing system for me, which I can handle easily.