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Surprise: David Allen's folders look just like the rest of ours

Earlier this month I attended David Allen's GTD | RoadMap seminar (in Boston) and I wanted to pass on a minor observation that was surprisingly pleasing. As Allen was talking about filing, he waved around some of his own folders, and I have to say I got a small thrill when I noticed that mine look just like his. Same generic manila folders, a few somewhat worn (I was sitting in the front), and the same black-on-white labeler-produced labels. I don't know, but I guess I had thought he was using something like gold-embossed labels on custom silk folders. In addition, it looked like he uses colored ones for "special" (non-project) folders, such as Read/Review. (I had identified a similar need, but was highlighting the labels to identify them.)

These are minor points, but it really was nice to get some reinforcement, esp. for those of us tackling the methodology on our own. Ha!

Reader Comments (4)

Would be nice to see a picture of your manila folder. Regards !

October 31, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've had a couple of requests for this from clients, so I'll try to put something up soon. Thanks for the suggestion.

November 3, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Cornell

David uses the colored ironhide folders for his traveling folders. They are plastic, never rip, and take the abuse on the road. A set will get you a traveling folder for inbox, take home/take to office, project support, read/review, and trash. They will last forever.


Scott Moehring

June 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks for the tip, Scott. I was mostly referring to the plain folders used for projects. I also carry some heavy duty folders for my portable office: Inbox, Read/Review, and Action Support.

June 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Cornell

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