Post-It Fetish

Anders Nordås wrote a blog post where he talks a little about how he uses his beautiful moleskin notebook. I will pick up his challenge and write about my favorite tool, Post It notes.

As many who know me are aware, I always have a pad of Post-It notes and a pen in my left pants pocket. I use the sticky notes for todo-lists, note taking in meetings, planning talks and doing brain dumps. After the jump, I post a few examples of Post-It notes from my pocket.

I accumulate tasks on a TODO list. Sometimes the tasks are organized by topics, other times not.
A well used TODO list

As I complete tasks, I scratch them out (not done), or check them off (done).
TODO making progress

When the TODO list looks sufficiently messy, I just rewrite it and throw the old one away.
TODO redone

Who needs Visio?!
Architectural concept drawing

After a meeting, I refine my notes from the meeting until I have the distilled conclusion on a single note.
Meeting summary

I often draft documents or emails while on the bus. I usually go through about ten Post-Its (to be thrown away) before I have my final outline. Creating this outline took about 5 minutes.
Document outline

When there’s a lot on my mind, it can be hard to sleep. If I just get it all down on a piece of paper, I can sleep like a baby.
Braindump

When people ask me for my contact information, I have stopped digging around for a business card. Feel free to drop me a mail!
Business card

Tag you’re it! How do you make notes?

Ole-Morten Amundsen

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About Johannes Brodwall

Johannes is Principal Software Engineer in SopraSteria. In his spare time he likes to coach teams and developers on better coding, collaboration, planning and product understanding.
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  • Runar

    Just to clarify how babies sleep: The first six months, they rarely sleep more than 3 hours in a single stretch. Later, if you're lucky, they sleep through the night, but they don't exactly just lie there sleeping all quietly like most adults. They go to bed head one way, and wake up inside the douvet cover, head the other way and their pyjamas torn to pieces at 5.30 a.m.

    Aside from that: I like your notepad :)

  • Runar

    Just to clarify how babies sleep: The first six months, they rarely sleep more than 3 hours in a single stretch. Later, if you’re lucky, they sleep through the night, but they don’t exactly just lie there sleeping all quietly like most adults. They go to bed head one way, and wake up inside the douvet cover, head the other way and their pyjamas torn to pieces at 5.30 a.m.

    Aside from that: I like your notepad :)