A confession on why I find post-it notes so helpful and I can’t live without them anymore.
The first week of January I vowed to clean up the space that I’m working in. But over the past few weeks, my desk is warmed with tiny pieces of coloured paper. From written daily tasks, weekly expectations, to random ideas and reminders, these are thrown all over my desk.
Needless to say I have a problem with post-it notes in the sense that I love using them.
As a “Weekend Warrior” type of person, these are my beacons in the night. They are my salvation and rock.
I wouldn’t go as far as considering marrying these pieces of paper, but they have been my saviour in the past four weeks of this year.
Whether you think I am crazy or not, I’d like to move away from my obsession and focus on the sheer practicality of these post-it notes. Barring the mess, these slips of paper can help in many ways that you may not even realize.
They Give You The Next Step
I mentioned above that I’m a “Weekend Warrior” type of guy. Where I picked that up is actually from a test to determine how to unlock your potential for massive wealth. It’s been a long time since I took the test so I don’t recall where it was, but one of the biggest roadblocks my typefaces is figuring out the next step.
That’s a problem for a lot of people, but me specifically I stall when I’ve accomplished something. I’m left with asking “what’s next?” I’m sure others feel that way.
This is where post-it notes come in. Every day make a habit of writing down everything that you want to get done that day.
Yes it’s a to-do list, but a to-do list with purpose. Don’t cram it full of small tasks you do every day.
Post-it notes can serve as a good direction for your business as if you can do that when you first wake up, you don’t have to worry about “what’s next?” You need to look at the note for that day and do the next task on the list.
They Improve Your Handwriting
They may not improve your craft in particular as a writer, but it can improve your print and cursive writing. I don’t know about every person, but it has been years that I’ve written something extensive in handwriting.
We don’t really have much use for handwriting anymore outside of our signature on written documents, so it’s easy to lose that skill.
But post-it notes force you to write things down as you get to look at your own writing. Furthermore, you can use this as practice for your cursive as well. I’ve noticed a slight difference in my handwriting as a result.
Through writing on post-it notes I’ll be retaining my skills of writing and cursive and actually improving them.
Furthermore because writing things down is so underused you can put more commitment into it. Sure it’s easy to crumple up a piece of paper and throw it away, but you still have to look at what’s written.
Brighten Up Your Desk
Post-it notes can be challenging to avoid, especially if they come in a series of colours. Although mine are all pieces of paper, they all are bright colours. People over time will adapt to the usual colour of that darker yellow, but in an office where it’s grey, they can stand out.
The brightness of them can serve as a blessing or a curse depending on how you look at it. It can provide a distraction due to its brightness, but it can also serve as that bright notification for what to do next.
Furthermore, you can get creative with it and brighten up your space with different colours. A lot of offices use relatively dull colours and don’t tend to give variety. Post it notes can be a fix.
Post-it Notes Are Helpful
Naturally, there are other helpful things post-it notes can serve but I don’t want to be too overbearing. Instead I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments below!
To your growth!
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