’What did people do before they could communicate through their
computers? I swear, Microsoft Outlook has changed my life.’
So goes the conversation in every office around the country every time
the server crashes and it becomes impossible to e-mail Rod to find out
how his date with Janice went last night.
E-mail, schmee-mail, I say. Everyone knows that when it comes to
invaluable office tools of the last ten years, there can be only one
Oh yes, the Post-it note is king.
You can’t stick your e-mails all over your desk, can you? Moreover, you
can’t arrange them in a way that appears completely random to the
untrained eye but is in fact a highly organised filing system.
Nor can you spend all morning carefully constructing a stick-man
flick-book on your e-mail.
And as for doodling on your inbox while talking to a particularly
long-winded client, forget it, sunshine.
OK, so Post-it notes can’t hurtle down a wire and land on Sheila’s desk
in Sydney but, dammit, the phone’s been doing something similar for
And, just occasionally, the little yellow pads can even be used for
unusual purposes like taking down phone messages. Beat that, Bill
Post-it notes: pounds 1.20 per pad
Available from your colleagues’ desks and stationery shops.