How do you stay organized? Do you have a great planner that keeps you in line? Or something more detailed? Me? I'm organizationally challenged and I believe that Post-it® notes are the only thing between me and complete organizational doom.
Post-it ® notes are a personal favorite of mine. I have so much respect for the Post it ® that I'm even putting the little trademark r beside it. I'm also doing this because I don't want a letter from the 3M people telling me to take down my Post it ® blog. Companies with trademarks get really persnickety when you mention there product in a generic fashion and without the trademark thingie and since the Post-it® is truly an original unlike the Kleenex ® tissue (which is the way it must be written according to the brand police, but that's another post for another day).
First, let me lead off by stating – I do not like the imitation sticky notes, like I said the Post-it® is an original. Those sticky notes are just not the the same. Now, I have quite a few and I do enjoy them on ocassion, but I can't depend on them the way I depend on a Post-it ® note.
Here's a sampling of my current stock – I also have the full-size magnetic list which is a personal favorite, but not in the picture..
These little notes are my answer to keeping order in my life. I keep notes to myself stuck to my computer, to do list stuck to my desk, nail appointment info stuck in my calendar, addresses stuck in my purse, and just general things stuck around the office (home and work).
The official 3M history of the Post-it® notes attributes the idea of using sticky glue on strips of paper to Art Fry – Art was singing in the church choir when the idea came to him. I love that this is the official 3M story and they use the words ‘church choir.' Not something you hear much in this politically correct world we live in. Go 3M!
These little notes help me out in so many ways. The color and the shapes bring a little fun into my life and onto my desk. It makes my to-do list more fun to write, not that I'm going to actually do all the stuff on the list, but it's much more fun to not do the stuff on a hot pink note.
Post-it® notes end up on my steering wheel with cryptic messages like:
cof crm (buy coffee creamer)
tx! (pay taxes)
dntl appt (make a dentist appointment)
These little notes are a dream comes true for the organizationally challenged. There's so much you can do with them:
- Identify desk piles by color coded Post-it® notes. Pink – file. Orange – read later. Yellow – pass it on. Purple – working on.
- Keep important phone numbers handy – Post-it® note on the computer screen.
- Reminders to yourself – Post it® stuck on your collar and you'll notice it when you look in the mirror or someone in the grocery line asks “what's that for?” Either way works.
Post-it® notes are also a part of my spiritual life — yes, you read that right — my spiritual life. I use them in my Bible and I write verses on Post-it® notes and I stick them where I need them. Some are stuck inside my desk drawer – open it and find:
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)
Look above my keyboard:
So then neither he who plants anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. (1 Corinth. 3:7)
Look on the desk:
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinth 4:7)
Here's a favorite that is posted by my monitor:
Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)
Post-it® notes keep me organized and God-focused – that's a whole lot of work for some little scraps of paper with a bit of sticky.
So, I want to hear your ideas for staying organized and God – focused – how do you do it? What works for you?
Click that comment button and start sharing!
Love me some Post-it® notes too! And I love to color coordinate! Orange for the verses I’m trying (or wanted) to memorize, the original yellow for my to-do’s of course. And pink for the little love notes I leave hubby. Recently tried a inferior brand, thought they looked cute… but don’t be fooled, the stickiness stays on the next sheet and it’s a ugly frustrating mess trying to get just one not off the pad!
I am a post it, sticky note….any kind of notey looking thing kind of gal! All kinds of messages and verses too!!!:) GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!!;)
I need to see it in writing…to remember it! I love mini, jumbo and every size in between….what’s NOT to love…the only thing better is a pen in every color to go with them….
I wanted to stop by and tell you that your post at the Cafe the other day was wonderful too….:) You are a blessing to us over there!!
AND before I go….I have to tell you I love this site…the colors and the fonts…LOVE it!!!
Organized? We can get there, for real? Oh, I have more books, articles, plans, hopes, “guaranteed programs….yeah, you folks know that I’m a clutter messy and I will never locate the original invoice to get my $ back…guaranteed you have my $,” and I am still up and down with this.
I have to say according files are great. I also have a rolling file cabinet/workstation that is helping.
I will keep checking out the comments.
Writers and artists really need your help on this one!!!
Hi! Not probably the best place to post this, but I came over from LPM’s blog. I see you’re from Alabama (that’s what you said in your post) and I was wondering where in Alabama. I’m in Birmingham! Are you going to the Siesta Fiesta THIS MONTH?
I look forward to hearing back from you. I’m trying to find other folks to meet with :-).
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