Sticky Business

Can't see your desk for all the yellow notes? Follow these steps to clean up your act.
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Before you instinctively reach for another sticky note, ask yourself these questions:

  • Could you enter the information in your paper-based planner, electronic organizer or contact management program instead?
  • Will a note stuck to the side of your monitor remind you to take action . or get lost in the clutter?
  • Could you write information on a sheet of paper within an existing file instead of adding a sticky note to that file?
  • Before you write a note, ask yourself whether it's simpler just to complete the task you're reminding yourself to perform, thereby eliminating the need for the note.
  • Do you need to keep sticky notes within reach? If not, make a clean break-take the notes off your desk and resist the temptation to overuse them.
Edition: November 2016

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