I know there’s two things I tweet about that everyone can name: pixie stix, and post-its. Below is some stats and photos from fellow post-it note users. The Great Post-It Wall approves.
Sarah Troedson – GIS Analyst (I make maps and databases with computers)
Post-its keep me sane. They’re my to-do lists, my reference look-up items, my daily inspiration, my logistics tracking and my reminders. On the bottom of my primary monitor are 4 (and of course, all in different colors!). One is a reminder that Latitude and Northings are both the “Y” coordinate and Longitude and Eastings are both the “X” coordinate (useful when you make maps!) another is our IT-support number, another is a Chinese proverb I use for meditation “If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom and courage of ten tigers.” and the last is statistics for last year’s annual hits on my Etsy shop (yes, I track my personal small-business at my day-job). On my desk around my keyboard are notes on project billing numbers, to-do lists for the projects, and reminders (like how to join tables in a particular database and how many pages in each PDF for a large map set) as well as more reference look-up items. When I finish the to-do lists and am done with the project numbers, those notes get recycled and eventually replaced with new ones. The other post-its are fading with age but still useful. I have pink, green, teal, original yellow, lavender, purple, blue and salmon-orange. I’m all about my “useful” notes being colorful!
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Jaym Gates – publicist, editor
Post-Its: proof that if the Devil is in the details, then the Devil had a really bad publicist. I went from working part time freelance, part time retail, to full-time freelance. Going from a week that was scheduled for me, to relying entirely on my own scheduling, was a bit slippery, especially with taking on multiple clients with multiple projects.
System: I got a package of those canvas-covered boards at Michael’s, and spray-painted the backs: pretty, unique, sturdy, and stickies STICK. Post-Its are updated monthly: Projects/Maintenance in green, Writing (anthologies, blogging, what have you) in orange, Multi-Project clients
in pink, Individual Client Projects in yellow. Everything I need to do that month is written on the notes. Then, every 3 days, I update the daily projects: Post-It Flags: yellow for Day 1, red for Day 2, green for Day 3, purple for letters/emails. These are affixed to the side of my laptop. This lets me set a manageable goal for myself, and leaves a sense of completion at the end of the day, when I toss the last flag.
Thank the Devil for details.
Logan Bonner – freelance game designer, writer, and editor
My work area is cluttered with a haphazard stack of Post-Its, each with a different project’s deadline and word count. For larger projects, I add checkboxes to the note so I can tick them off and get a sense of incremental progress. Unfortunately, most of my notes are for super-secret projects. Here’s one for a personal project, including a particularly byzantine system of checkboxes that mean nothing to anyone but me.
I use Post-its for jotting down notes to myself, making lists, gathering tidbits of information that I’m going to need to take with me or do something with later, earmarking passages in books, leaving myself editing notes, writing down addresses or phone numbers, and doodling.
I like the mildly adhesive nature of post-its because I can temporarily stick them to a book/project/paper to make notes without hurting the thing I’m sticking them on. I also love that I can stick them to my wall/bulletin board/desk/computer/cat/child to keep them out of the way, but not out of sight. That helps me remember to actually follow up on whatever it was I was taking notes on (and to not lose my lists!)
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