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Organizing ‘Quick Tip:’ Take Action with Post-its

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or ‘Like’ Organized Artistry on Facebook, then you know how much I love Post-its. I own and use them in different colors, shapes and sizes. Up until recently, I used the ‘Stickies’ program on my Mac (replaced now by the paperless, Evernote…). Truth be told, I just downloaded the Post-it app to my smart phone–I couldn’t help myself…

I use Post-its almost everyday, both in my business and personal life. I use them as a place to dump my brain and to help me remember what I need to do. I find that they come in handy when dealing with papers that need to be acted upon. Today’s Organizing ‘Quick Tip’ of the day is…

Use a Post-it to remind you to take a particular action.


For instance, I’m always collecting store coupons–especially ones for the stores where I buy my kids’ clothing. They’re always needing something in their wardrobe! When I get the coupon, I place a Post-it on top of it and jot down what I need to buy in that store. No need to comb my brain thinking about what I need to buy when I get a moment to shop. It’s all there, ready for me to act upon.

A while back, I needed some picture frames and photo albums. I thought I might have trouble remembering what I needed once I got to the store–so I went searching for my good friend, the Post-it. I wrote on the Post-it above exactly what products I was looking for and stuck it to the coupon. By doing so, I spent less time at the store and no time trying to recall what I needed to buy.

Write the action that you need to take on a Post-it to remind you…
To pay a bill by a certain date.
To write back to someone who sent you a holiday card.
To create a new file for a stack of papers.
To donate or toss an unwanted item.
To follow up on an project you’re working on.

What action will a Post-it remind you to take today?

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About Stacey Agin Murray

Stacey is a professional organizer and author in New Jersey specializing in residential organizing, time, and paper management challenges. She authored The Organized Bride’s Thank You Note Handbook: Let Systems and 101 Modern Sample Thank You Notes Take You From Overwhelmed to Organized.

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8 responses to “Organizing ‘Quick Tip:’ Take Action with Post-its”

  1. This is great! I love Post-ts too and use them as little reminders all the time 🙂

    • Stacey Agin Murray says:

      I seriously don’t know what I would do without them. I guess I’d go through a lot of scrap paper and scotch tape!

  2. Great tip, Stacey! I am a big fan of using Post-it to keep track of what I need to do with something. Coupons are especially important. There are times that I forget to pull it out of my bag and realize it when I get home. I am going to try this. =)

    • Stacey Agin Murray says:

      I’m glad you’re going to try it–I find that writing the action I’m going to take directly on the post helps me to remember. That means I have more brain capacity for other tasks!

  3. Seana Turner says:

    A fellow organizer uses post-its for his schedule each day. It really works for him, although he takes a bit of ribbing at times. I like post-its for a variety of reasons, especially when I need to remember to take something out of the door in the morning… a post-it at eye-level does the trick!

    • Stacey Agin Murray says:

      I put post-it’s at eye-level, too! If I start a load of laundry before taking my kids to school, i’ll put a post-it at eye-level on the laundry room door that says ‘DRYER.” Great for reminding the kids to pack what they need for school. Eye-level is of course a bit lower for them…

  4. I’m a HUGE post-it note fan. I have them in different sizes, colors and styles. They inspire action because of their temporary nature. They’re also fun to crumple up once the task is completed.

    • Stacey Agin Murray says:

      I crumple them, too! Gives me satisfaction after completing the task written upon it. What’s funny is that in the case of all other papers–I’m a ripper, not a crumpler. But when it comes to post-it’s, a strong fist-crumple feels good. I’m not sure we’ll ever achieve a paperless society because people like you and me love our post-its too much!

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