I have fallen in love with post-its. I could use them as a prank to post-it a co-workers entire cubicle or I could use them to stay organized and prioritized.
I was a little late on my resolutions this year but last month I finally sat down and made some resolutions. One I specifically set for the professional part of my life. I promised myself I would sit down every Monday to write down my goals for the week, one pertaining to my job and one outside of my job (example: updating my resume or working on my writing). As I have been following through with this for about a month now I noticed that I subconsciously created a work flow to keep my goals (and tasks) organized and prioritized.
I use my post-it notes strategically. I have two posted up at the bottom of my computer screen. They stare at me every day to remind me what needs to get done.
The first post-it reads “Tasks” then lists off the projects I have been asked to complete by someone in the office. The second is entitled “Self”. This is where I keep track of what I need to get done to stay organized and on top of my work.
I usually try to fill up an entire post-it before throwing it away (to stay economically friendly), but I also try to keep the listed items in order of importance. For example, I may choose to put the biggest project or the project with the closest deadline first. This way I know what I need to be spending most of my time on.
When I finish something on my lists I cross it off. The feeling is SO REWARDING! Having a sense of accomplishment from a project you put your best work into is literally one of the best feelings in the world. As you’re finishing work and crossing off items on the list you can feel yourself gaining more energy. You’re a task completing machine! Instead of losing energy as the day goes on you’ll gain energy because you’ll feel useful.
And all this started with the simple little post-it used for good. A post-it used for a daily visual reminder, a strategic organizer and a benefactor of accomplishment.