Everyone does there working files differently and that is good because everyone thinks, organizes and plans differently. I am still trying to find the best system for me. Last year I had separate manila file folders in alphabetical order in a file drawer in my desk. It worked but it wasn't the most efficient to have to pull out the file every time the kids came and then refile it every time they left. It just took time. and time I did not have. This year I decided to try to rework my working file system to be more efficient. I am putting working files in the order that I service each child and separating them by service days.
Now I can just pull out the binder I need for that day. A colleague of mine showed me these wonderful binder inserts with tabs and pockets on both sides that I now use as my working files.
One of the things I love best about our profession is the flexibility of how to structure and set up your own therapy. There is not set way to do things. You are free to do what you feel is best according to your professional judgment. The tricky part is figuring out what works best for you and your clients/students.
How do you do your working files? What have you found to be the best and most efficient ways?