Product Type: Post-it in Homeware
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Stick 'Em Up!
Member Name: jo1976
Date: 03/01/13, updated on 28/05/13 (90 review reads)
Advantages: Versatile, prominent way of leaving messages, no residue or damage left behind, repositionable
Disadvantages: More expensive than a basic notepad
Most people can't fail to recognise the familiar sticky yellow pads commonly known as 'post-it notes.' Like most successful products, the concept is incredibly simple with a basic small pad of paper being transformed into a really versatile product for both home and office by the addition of a sticky strip at the top of each page. Each sheet can be written on and then lifted off singly and stuck to any suitable surface.
I've used post-it notes for many years - since I was a teenager at school in fact, when the yellow sticky sheets were ideal for revision notes, which were plastered all over text books and even over my walls so I could memorise French words and phrases as soon as I woke up! (I was a bit of a swot at school - which is probably how I went on to study for a degree, a diploma and a Masters.) Fortunately, the glue used to adhere these sheets to an appropriate surface doesn't leave any residue or marks and can be removed easily without any damage, even on painted walls or paper.
For my postgraduate study, I found simple post-it notes to be equally as useful. I particularly liked the very tiny ones, which I'd previously dismissed as being too small for any practical use. On the contrary, I discovered that these tiny ones (I had ones in fluorescent pink) were ideal to use as page markers for particularly important sections of text which was especially useful when using library books when I wasn't able to annotate or mark the text directly. I could pinpoint the paragraph needed using the post it notes, by sticking them directly on to the relevant section of the page or simply using them to indicate the relevant pages and leaving them sticking out of the book for ease of reference. I'd highly recommend these mini versions for students for that very reason.
Now my student days have passed me by, I mainly use the standard sized small yellow pads at work in the office. Fortunately, I have a ready supply of these from the stationery cupboard (although this is becoming increasingly well-guarded by vigilant admin staff, in light of the ever increasing budgets cuts across local authorities!) I tend to use the pads to scribble down phone numbers and notes, particularly well taking messages for absent colleagues. I find them ideal for that purpose as their sticky nature means I'm able to position them in a visible place, such as directly on their pc screen or desk. The bright colouring means that the notes are less likely to be missed and the stickiness makes them more prominent than simply writing the message on a plain sheet of note paper which can be mislaid more easily.
My other primary use is to record phone numbers, addresses and other crucial details and then to fix the sheets into the relevant page of my work diary. The post it notes can then be removed after a visit, and moved to another page or document if needed for future reference or thrown away. I'm not sure whether post it notes can actually be recycled or not (because of the glue strip) but I tend to send mine off to the office shredder anyway.
Post it notes are widely available from any stationery supplier. Single packs (containing 100 sheets) can be picked up from Rymans for £1.89 with a multi-pack of three pads costing £2.49, although they may well be cheaper elsewhere. This is, admittedly, much more expensive than a simple notepad but the post it notes are far more versatile and useful, making the higher price justifiable.
Despite the increasing use of technology in the workplace and in life in general, I definitely think there is still room for simple products such as post it notes. Even though my desktop has a virtual 'post it note' facility on my pc screen, it doesn't seem to have as much impact as an actual sticky bit of paper does!
Summary: An invaluable aid to office work and studying