Why I Like Sticky Notes

8 Apr

Out of the dumb criminal file:

A man who stole the identity of thousands of New Yorkers and racked up more than $200,000 in bogus credit card charges left investigators plenty of evidence. A search of his home turned up 2,000 Post-it® notes with Social Security numbers on them. * LOL! Do you think the authorities were able to make those criminal charges stick?

PostItNotes_CarreraI (Dawn) saw a photo of a Post-it® Note Porsche Carrera GT. The caption said, “Most people who are unhappy with the color of their car go for a re-spray. Some reach for the Post-it® Notes. **

There is also an Origami Sticky Note Post-it® Pad for office fun, complete with instructions for making tiny Origami objects.

Did you know that the invention of the first sticky notes had a church connection?

A man named Spencer Silver with 3M research laboratories was trying to create a strong adhesive in 1970, but only found a weak one. He didn’t discard it, and one Sunday four years later, another 3M scientist named Arthur Fry was singing in the church choir, using markers to keep his place in the hymnal, but they kept falling out. He remembered Silver’s adhesive and used some to coat his markers. Voila! Post-it® Notes was born (1980). ***

I have sticky notes with funny sayings, some in bright colors, and some in die-cut shapes. Every surface of my desk is loaded with bright orange ones right now that I bought after Halloween for 10 cents a pack!

Where do YOU use sticky notes?

My sweet friend Maria Keckler introduced me to a new purpose for sticky notes. Maria is planning a new enterprise (“Stories from the Vine“) and uses sticky notes to organize each detail of her vision on a giant whiteboard. She moves the notes around under different categories and removes them when tasks are completed. The power of her plan is that she only has to tackle one little element at a time.

The nice thing about sticky notes is that they focus in on one project or one element of a project. Or one errand trip, perhaps. (I stick them inside my wallet, with things I need to do when I leave the house.)

I think that ~ while God wants us to dream big and brainstorm and plan for the future ~ we’re meant to function in small segments of time. We have the rising and setting of the sun to remind us of this. The Bible says, “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

I have to admit that sometimes it’s easy to overdo it with sticky notes, like in this office prank. But God StickyNotes_OfficePranknever intended for us to cram our minds with anxious thoughts (Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7). So when our mind seems like one huge jumble , it helps to get it all out on paper. Sticky notes are, of course, only one method to do this. Some people use file cards, journals, or simple daily to-do lists for the same purpose.

Once you write everything down, take time to pray. Ask God to direct your thoughts and give you wisdom (James 1:5). He may help you see patterns or fresh ways to organize your work or your day. He may suggest new ways to deal with the stresses of life. One thing is for sure, in God’s presence ~ and as you dig into His Word concerning your struggle ~ you will receive hope.

And meditating on pertinent scripture during the day will help when your life gets “noisy” and distracting; it will give you insight and wisdom (Psalm 119:99). I’ve found that when I meditate, I’m only thinking about one thing at a time ~ much like looking at one sticky note ~ so there’s not much room for distractions or wrong thinking.

So when you’re feeling trapped with so much to do, write it all down, Friend. Pray, seek God, and meditate on His Word. He will help you.

And remember: Sticky notes might just help you get unstuck!

Note: For help with organizing your life, consider all the great advice from Marcia Ramsland at organizingpro.com.

* http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/04/22/2009-04-22_former_ny_state_tax_worker.html

** http://www.aboutcolonblank.com/2008/04/15/the-post-it-note-porsche-carrera-gt/

*** http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/postit.htm

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