Hello GTD Fans,
I’m in the UK and as others have mentioned here before, it’s not that easy to get an A4 tabbed manila folder over here!
There are loads of document wallets, folders without tabs, slip files, file pockets and so on to choose from, but the classic GTD manila tabbed folder seems a rarity here!
Avery do a version, but it works out a lot more expensive than its US counterpart. I’ve tried a straight cut version, but it’s harder to read the labels when the files are close together.
So imagine my delight when browsing through my local “The Works” (High street cut price books and stationery supplier) when I found several boxes of Pendaflex Clearview A4 Tabbed Plastic/Poly File Folders.
With 30 folders to a box for only £2 GBP (around $3.50 USD) I just had to buy all they had there! I walked away with 7 boxes, total cost was £14 or $24.5 for 210, A4 tabbed clear poly file folders!
The US version (letter size) is over at:
The one’s I picked up today are effectively the same, only differing in being A4 sized and being in packs of red or yellow tabs.
They’re hard wearing, can be labelled over and over again with no tearing, creasing or getting dog-eared – in short they’re great! Wish I’d seen them about 2 years ago when I first got into GTD.
I like the feel of manila but these plastic folders will be far more practical for me. Most of my work filing is current work/projects in progress – once completed the hard copies are usually shredded and the details stored on PC instead. The labels come off and the folder goes back in the blank pile. I don’t need to do a lot of long-term reference filing. Either way, these 210 files are going to last me a very long time! (Longer than their manila counterparts too and the labels come of easily and don’t tear as the manila ones did.)
This has now lead me to wonder – what are most GTD’ers in the UK and Europe using for the classic GTD file folder?
At home I’m using manila document wallets and they’re working fine.
At work I’ve never found an ideal, until now that is, I tried document wallets but by their very nature you can’t simply open them and read the contents like a book (as you can with the open on 3 sides style folders) - instead I’d have to remove the contents first to read them.
Tried straight cut A4 manila file folders but as some only had one or two sheets in them, the labels were not easy to see.
Just wondering what most of us are using out there? Tabbed v Straight Cut? Manila v Plastic? And to think I used to think a folder was just a folder!!