In last week’s Time Management Monday post I talked about how your planner is just one of many tools in your time management tool box. Another very useful tool is sticky notes.
Sticky notes are great for temporary things like grocery lists, but they are even better for recurring events. When you write your recurring events on sticky notes, you can just move them from page to page in your planner without rewriting. Here are some examples:
Below is a picture of a weekly spread in my Septanote planner. I’ll be honest here and tell you I mocked this up, because my actual pages are both too messy and too personal to show you. But this is the way I use it:
You’ll notice I use several sticky notes on my pages. Below you can see my list of weekly home chores. I don’t like rewriting these every week, so I put them on a sticky note. I check off each job as I do it, and move the sticky to next week’s page when I’m done.
In the daily Notes boxes I have a sticky note with my daily intentions. These are things I want and/ or need to do every day. I like having my daily list in my planner for each day, but don’t want to rewrite these tasks daily. I move my list day to day and check things off as I go. Sometimes I do them all, sometimes I don’t. This also gives me a visual on whether I’m achieving these daily goals.
Another very handy use for sticky notes is to designate the alternating weeks for trash vs recycling pickup so I don’t have to rewrite these week after week. At the end of the week, I move the sticky to the week after next so I maintain the every other week pattern. No more missed pickups and no rewriting!
I’ve seen online where people also use this method for bill-paying reminders like rent on the 1st of the month, etc.
Do you use sticky notes in your planner? How do you use them?