I am putting together a newsletter, as happens four times a year. This is the editorial desk, with very little space for anything except the computer. The current issue is showing on the screen, greatly reduced size, to show which pages have space on them. That happens in InDesign file, and I also have an all-important Word file of what article is at what stage - which is conscientiously updated every time an email goes out, or an article and/or photos arrive and is saved in the issue folder. (The emails are given a label and can be tracked down, but it's so much easier to have an up to date record in one place. Record keeping is vital - it's so embarrassing to find that you've left something out!)
But you can confuse yourself unnecessarily by having things all over the place, and not being able to see all the screens at once. So I went back to paper, and made myself a flat plan. Not wanting to draw all those tedious boxes, and not finding a template online, I folded a sheet of paper, aiming for 48 pages ... er, 6 x 6 doesn't equal 48! Never mind, the bottom row will have to squish up a little, and we can forget the cover. Here it is, minimal drawing of boxes. Page numbers are vital though -
A rummage in the desk drawer turned up some post-it index tabs, bought in Canada 10 or 15 years ago - yellow for articles, red (cut in half) for fillers. Organisational bliss. See it at a glance -
The point isn't just that "the old ways are the best ways". We get used to the system we've built up for ourselves, and sometimes limp along with it and grumble at the bits that don't work so well. In a work environment either it's imposed from above or we don't have time to step back and think about how to make improvements. It's good to have a chance to step back and see a better way.