Confession time. I do not always follow my own advice.
I'm good at living by my principles, but when it comes to really specific things that I've recommended to others, (and have seen work for them) for some reason I think that I don't need to do the same things or that they won't work for me.
Case in point: People always ask me how to keep organized with all the little things, papers, invites, notices, misc. stuff with deadlines, etc. that don't really belong in a permanent file folder. They say that it gets really difficult to remember everything that's on a deadline or even the things they want to follow up with that don't have a deadline.
My advice is simple and it works. (The simple stuff usually works the best!) Create or purchase a 31-Day Organizing System and use it daily.
I haven't done this for myself because I haven't felt the need since I do fine remembering deadlines and I use my calendar for reminders and most of my work stuff has permanent file folders. But today I've been thinking, "okay, could I be even more efficient and organized if I used this system?" Well the only way to find out is to try it and see and I'm pretty excited about that!
You can find some pre-fab solutions out there or custom make your own with basic office supplies (and a little creativity.) Try it for one month and I think you'll be hooked.
This solution from Pottery Barn is nice. My only concern is that you have to keep bills in envelopes or fold up papers to fit.
This version from Container Store requires that you add your own labels and folders, but it allows you to put in any size paper and functions more like a standerd "tickler" file.
What system will you try? Let me know and Happy Organizing!