Post-it Notes were hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread when they hit the market around 1980. Of course, now everyone is cutting bread from their diet (too many carbs!). Is it time to nix the sticky notes as well?
Everything has its place, folks. Forty years ago, we didn’t have a bazillion apps serving as virtual reminders, so Post-it Notes made a lot of sense. But, we can’t have nice things, can we? What was once a pretty good idea, in moderation, has devolved into the world of weird and even harmful.
I had a co-worker who used to leave me passive-aggressive notes about the tidiness of my work area. What a peach! It didn’t motivate me to clean up my desk, but I must admit that it did spark creativity while plotting my revenge.
I had a friend who insisted on sticking directions to his steering wheel, rather than using the navigation app on his phone. The results are evident in the carnage on his front bumper and constant tardiness to meetings.
Have you ever seen someone write their computer password on a note stuck to their screen? Odds are good it reads “password123.” I think Forrest Gump has a quote about this… and it’s not the “chocolate” one. Sticky notes are fine for a lot of things, but not for super-important, secure, or time-sensitive information.
Writing a reminder on one, when your desk is dotted with 100 or so others, is a surefire way to forget a task. They don’t travel well, either. What good’s a phone number stuck to your office desk when you’re out in the field?
I’m not totally “anti” sticky note. They’re great for cleaning my keyboard and hanging “kick-me” signs on the backs of passive-aggressive co-workers.