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Let us now praise Post-it notes

Taking Notes
Originally uploaded by philgyford.

Phil Gyford has a neat trick, by which he adds a few large Post-it notes to the inside cover of a book he’s starting to read. Handy way to make notes on the go.

I’m also a big fan of these removable/re-placeable Avery Write-On tabs, which you can stick in the front cover of your Moleskine or similar notebook. Makes it easy to do the Jerry Brito trick—creating ad hoc sections and shifting the location of your current TODO page, etc.

In other news, Amazon should be delivering my copy of Rapid Problem Solving with Post-it Notes tomorrow. Dunno if it’ll be any good, but it does look intriguing and got good reviews.

Got a good sticky-note trick to share? Planning? Brainstorming? Contextual notes?

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I prefer to stick a...

I prefer to stick a stack of post-it notes in the back, and when I come across a section I want to take notes on I take a post-it and slap on the page. I prefer to use the really small post-its as they tend to be sufficient for a single page of a book.

I also use the orientation of the post-it for extra bits of information. If I want to mark an interesting quote, I "underline" the quote horizontally with the sticky part of the note. If I want to mark an interesting section, I align the sticky part of the post-it vertically in the margin.

This makes it pretty easy later on to find quotes that I liked, as I just have to look at pages with post-its on them, and the location+orientation of the note tells me what I found interesting.




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