Using sticky notes is a practical and very simple way to remind yourself of certain tasks, schedules etc. It is also a handy method of making lists, keeping important information within reach or even communicating data to others. Below you will learn several ways in which these little helpers can get you to boost your work productivity:
- Simplification and prioritization
Since your notes will be handwritten on paper, you won’t be making dozens of these. The available space is limited therefore you will push yourself to prioritize the tasks and select only what truly matters. If you note down everything in your agenda or on an electronic file, you can end up with huge and irrelevant lists. Instead, as you learn to pick the important ones, you can manage your work better and also simplify it.
- Office communication improvement
Sticky notes can help you communicate relevant information with your colleagues in a very easy way – especially if you use online sticky notes, which can be shared between computers. There is specific software that can do that and it’s interactive: more users can create, edit and pin notes on a virtual pin board to help each other and collaborate more effectively. This is better than email, because it lets everyone view concentrated information and at the same time – it can be like an overly simplified conference room.
- Planning and brainstorming aid
Paper notes can be moved around as you pleased. Therefore, you can write several ideas onto them (or have a team to do so), then order these based on the priorities. It’s easier to plan activities this way. In addition, you can have each member of the team place one note and then order these accordingly. It’s a great method when brainstorming and organizing activities.
- Quick motivators
You can fill up sticky notes with motivational quotes or whichever mantras inspire you and help you get the job done. Place them in front of you, so you no longer have to reach for your agenda and browse it, or search your online collection of quotes for motivation. You’ll have what you need right in front of you, at any given time.
- Multitasking skill improvement
Some of us are not so good at multitasking. However, when your work requires it, you can get help from sticky notes. Write down every task, with its most relevant details, to ease up your memory. As you have several such notes in front of you, you can go with much ease from one to another and get the work done. It’s been proven countless times to help increase people’s ability to multitask.
- Progress mapping
Map a project’s life cycle with all its tasks. Many large companies use this method and it helps workers and departments track their progress – not only overall, but for each of the given tasks. It’s a fast and simple way to organize one’s work and to get a tech or any project to completion.
Productivity is often a matter of organization and simplification. If this matter is a challenge to you, then perhaps you should try sticky notes for yourself based on the principles outlined above. These will make everything more manageable to you and can be used successfully even in one’s private life.