In the course of the aforementioned interview by Deborah Hurwitz (Productivity for Perfectionists),Lauren Meekes casually mentioned that she discovered that Post-it Notes come in a lot more colors than the original canary yellow. I immediately went on the 3M (creator of Post-it Notes) website to see what I could find out, and learned there are now over 1000 Post-it Notes products in an astonishing array of colors--AND in collections. When I discovered the existence of these collections, many of which are named for exotic cities, I was entranced and immediately ordered (from another website, since Post-it Notes are apparently not sold directly from 3M) an inordinate number of collections.
Now I can feel as if I am traveling around the world when I choose a note to list some of the projects involved in getting my book to publication. So far, I have Bali, Bora Bora, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Helsinki, Miami, Marrakesh, Jaipur, and Highland Pop. The only city collections I didn't order were New York because it included two dull blues, two yellows, and a gray, and I particularly didn't want gray, and Marseilles, which seemed to come only in a very large box which had more pads than I would probably every use. Of course, I probably now have more Post-it Notes than I will ever use, but by arranging them in a repurposed artisan olive oil box, I have what looks like a beautiful window box of flowers on my desk--and no watering needed! And it is a delight to write down the tasks I want to keep track of, and much more motivating than a to do list in
black and white.
As you can see, I used my trusty labeler
so that I wouldn't forget which each collection was called. I noticed right away that Bali and Helsinki were quite similar, and I could never keep them all straight without the labels. One friend asked if I have a different color for different tasks--there was a time when I might have succumbed to such a lure, but I was afraid that I might never think of enough tasks for each color, so I just enjoy choosing a different color as I think of an item to be done. And in these days of being quarantined at home, I can also imagine that I am globe-trotting at the same time that I am getting my book closer to publication.