One common reason for a failed filing system is poor labeling. I’ve seen lots of scraggly folder labels in my years as a professional organizer. Many times the file names are scribbled in pencil directly on the folder. Labels written in pencil and ball point ink fade and smear over time.
There are several great alternatives that will enable you to create an eye-catching filing system that allows you to find your information quickly. Isn’t that the whole point of filing?
Good labeling will make your filing system pop. Easy to read labels are essential to creating a sustainable system too. I use Viewables labeling software from Smead. You can download your free version from Smead.com. For alphabetical files I love the optional large indexing letter that the software places on the label.
Note to Mac users: This software is currently only available for the Windows operating system. However, Smead has released a free online version of Viewables.