Seriously, I have an obsession… with small colorful pieces of paper. They are called Post It Notes and they come in every size, shape, variety and style you could possibly want. I’m obsessed.
My friend and fellow author, Kathi Lipp, recently wrote about her five favorite ways to use Post Its and admitted to having over 45 little stacks in her desk drawer. She’s got me beat on sheer numbers, but I definitely like her ideas for how to use them.
- Menu Planning
- Love Notes
- Reminders (particularly at midnight)
Here’s one of my favorite ways to use them:
At work I use them for each task and project, color coding to make it clear, and then they all go on the wall on a large poster paper. When I can see everything in one place, it is so much easier for me to establish priority and I love the feeling of taking them off the wall when they’re done!
What’s your favorite use for Post-It’s… favorite size… favorite color??? I wanna hear!
Just for fun… did you know?
Silver Spencer, an American chemist, was trying to create a very strong adhesive in 1970. He was able to create an adhesive, but it was very weak. It could stick to things, but would lift off easily.
About four years later, Arthur Fry, a scientist, was having difficulty keeping his markers in place in his hymnal as he sang in the choir at church. To solve this problem, he applied some of Silver’s adhesive to the markers. The adhesive was strong enough to keep the markers in place but weak enough for the markers to lift without damaging the pages; necessity is certainly the mother of invention.
Post-it notes were distributed 10 years later in 1980 and today it is one of the most popular office products available.