Posted by: faultlessfinish | July 18, 2011

The Power of the Sticky Note

I strive to be as environmentally conscious as possible and I hate to see paper being wasted; however, I am very guilty of bulldozing through piles of sticky notes. I know, I know, I could save so much paper by writing things down on a larger piece of paper, but it just doesn’t have the same effect. And so, I allow myself this wasteful luxury. Let me explain.

As I’ve written about in multiple posts, in order to reach your goals, you need to read them often. And while all my goals are written down in a notebook that I read daily, every week I like to focus on certain goals in particular. And I like to have them as in-my-face as possible. Here’s where the sticky note comes in. All my “feature” goals for the week are broken down into one sentence on individual sticky notes and tacked right above my computer, so I can see them constantly. Even though I may only glance at them for a second while I look up from my work, the constant reminders help me to internalize the goals and keep me motivated.

Sticky notes can also be a great way to help you organize your day. Every Sunday I write out to-do lists for my workweek in my day planner and have it open throughout my workday. However, if I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed one day, I might put the planner away, tear out a sticky note, write down the most important things I need to do on it, and then stick it on my desk. This way, I’m only looking at what needs to be done immediately instead of seeing the big picture of the week, which can sometimes cause unnecessary stress.

Now really, this post is not an advertisement for sticky notes. It’s about creating a workspace that inspires you and helps you stay motivated and productive. Whether your workspace is plastered with sticky notes and to-do lists or photos of family and friends, just make sure it’s a place you want to spend several hours of your day. When I worked in-house for a publisher, I stared at a blank wall and my desk had nothing of “me” on it. I vowed that when I started freelancing, I would create a space I would look forward to working in. Position yourself by a window, buy some plants, and then surround your desk with whatever will keep you going.

Breaking down goals and tasks into small, manageable, “sticky-note” chunks and creating a workspace that reflects my own tastes has been invaluable for my business. What about you? What keeps you motivated while you work? I would love to hear your feedback.

Namaste 🙂


  1. I love sticky notes too, especially the little ones that are a perfect fit for marking passages in books. I’ve started using Evernote for virtual sticky notes on the go too (

    Thanks for the reminder to spruce up my home office!

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