Follow-up systems can handle:

  • deferred actions
  • task start and due dates
  • meeting materials
  • phone call-backs
  • bill paying
  • tickets
  • tracking projects
  • delegated tasks


Simplest: Mark a calendar and hold papers in a “Pending” file-idea from Stephanie Winston.

Simple: Tickler file with two folders “this month” “next month” plus two folders “this week” and “next week.”

Less simple: A complete tickler file system with folders for each month plus 1-31 for the days of the month. Hence the name 43 Folders, an integral element of GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology.

Note: follow-up systems only work if you make a habit of checking them daily.