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Let us now praise Post-it notes

Taking Notes
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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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Peter Davidson's comment reminded me...

Peter Davidson's comment reminded me of my last move. I used sheets of Avery permanent labels, the kind that go through a laser printer. I printed my name and contact info on the labels, in case the box got lost (or in case the moving company mixed it up with someone else's stuff). The labels were color-coded by room, of course. It worked very well.

RE post-its: I do the same thing Phil Gyford does and highly recommend it. Also, I like to put a 3x5 post-it in the front of my notebook. I position the post-it so it's taller than it is wide, and then I use it to make my tasklist. Must as I love my Treo, I find this post-it system works better as a tasklist.

Which reminds me: Anyone know of useful pre-printed post-its? Best ones I've found are Russell & Hazel's. They have a To-Do list: http://store.yahoo.com/russellandhazel/rhponotodose.html

and a post-it with a "Date Bar" on the left. Great for time-sensitive tasks: write the task on the post it and circle the due date on the left. http://store.yahoo.com/russellandhazel/rhpostitnotes.html

I'd love to know about other pre-printed post-its folks find useful!




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