Quite frankly, these are gifts from wise sages known as trees. They donate their bodies to the cause so I try to use them wisely and as sparingly as possible. From the little tabs you can get to help you navigate or proof/edit an document, right up to the larger ‘don’t forget’ and ‘in ya face’, monitor perfect creations – I just can’t be done with them. Paired perfect with the trusty sharpie pen and some neat hand writing – I dare say that they can even be a thing of beauty, that is if you don’t go overboard and plaster them everywhere!
That is why I have must trusty A4 notepad on my desk at all times for my weekly ‘To Do List’ which has a line drawn down the right hand -creating a space dedicated to list any quick ‘Don’t forgets’ This ensures I don’t drown in a sea of post-it notes nor become single handled responsible for the destroying of the homes of several unamused Sloths in the Amazon Rainforest. Much to the pleasure of my boss who hates them, I cap the number of Post-its allowed on my desk to a max of 5 at any one time. Most often they are use to provide me with prompts or help me to install some useful working habits. I may also have a thing for colour and get joy from working at a tidy and beautiful desk (more on this at a later date and a book I have read called “Joy”) – so my post-its stash live on my desk at all times as a set of four colours – which happen to match the brands accent colours at work. Matchy match eat your heart out!
Obviously post-it notes have other uses, I for one would be lost without them when mapping out the navigation of a website, processing mapping or doing UX work, but my all time favourite has to be the below – they even now sell them made with left glued, right glued alternating leafs. Obviously use them once you have gone slinky crazy with them!
Did you know?
The idea for the Post-it note was conceived in 1974 by Arthur Fry. He was aware of an adhesive accidentally developed in 1968 by fellow 3M employee Spencer Silver. No application for the lightly sticky stuff was apparent until Fry’s idea. A classic example of one person’s failure turning into another’s success.