man opening blue briefcase with documents

Photo by Anete Lusina on

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.

I seek to create order from the chaos of complex information. Join me at the Daily PlanIt to gain insights, inspiration, and information to increase skills for a better life. I unlock the power of teaching reading with phonics in the pursuit of literacy at In my spare time I explore books and movies, often choosing titles available on both screen and page.

Posted in information management, productivity
9 comments on “Follow-up
  1. Nice post. And thanks for the link!

  2. […] I prefer to consider filing under the Action heading, leaving F to stand for Follow-up. I don’t do much delegating or referring, so the R can be for Reading. […]

  3. […] see also Keep Goals Visual and Visible | Follow Up […]

  4. […] Remind yourself of tasks with timers, alarms, and/or a tickler system. […]

  5. […] Portable GTD mini system, Calendar & Tickler File […]

  6. […] with persistence. Focus. Have a follow-up system. Set a target […]

  7. […] for dealing with repeating tasks: Use checklists , have a system for handling them, use a tickler file, include them in your daily […]

Comments are closed.


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Sign up for the free 10 week productivity Challenge
Flipboard Review
Blog Stats
  • 679,559 hits
%d bloggers like this: