I've always used and enjoyed Post-it notes ever since these little pieces of sticky paper became available. While teaching, I used them for marking places in a book, lesson plans, or for a quick reminder not to forget to do something. Yes, they were handy.
Today, I have been retired for almost 3 years. The notes have not lessened in the least. In fact, I use more notes than I ever have. Why?
I use the Post-it notes more for reminders now. Some may say dementia is on the way--maybe, but since I have no routine, I need to write down the things I have to do. It's a whole new world when you're retired. There are no alarm clocks, no daily time of arrival, no school bells, no just weekends to get everything done at home. I'm on my own schedule which can change at a minute's notice--just because it can.
I'm on the computer most of the morning. My sons send me information by internet most of the time. I have to write important dates/happenings down and move the note where it will do the most good. Sometimes I see something for a good price, write it down, and then take that note to the store to compare. Facebook keeps me up on information from extended family and friends. There is usually something there that should be noted since everyone is not on Facebook.
A notebook for things to do wouldn't work. The notebook wouldn't be where I wanted it to be when I needed it. I have a stack of Post-its everywhere. I also like picking them up and putting right in front of my face in my purse to remember to do/get what I have to. I have post-its for all the places I have to go and in which order.
The best part of using notes is you can throw each of them away when you've moved the information to the right spot or when you're finished with a task.
There is a memory attached to little notes, too.
I can't remember exactly the name of a cartoon that was in the newspaper in the 70's, but it all had to do with writing little love notes before the Post-it even existed. My husband and I were motivated by this cartoon to slip little love notes to each other on bathroom mirrors, in lunches, in books, under pillows, and other places. Good times.
Ahhh....more uses for Post-its!!!