DIARY: TOP GEAR - Post-it notes

’What did people do before they could communicate through their computers? I swear, Microsoft Outlook has changed my life.’

’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

true champion.



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

years.



And, just occasionally, the little yellow pads can even be used for

unusual purposes like taking down phone messages. Beat that, Bill

Gates.





Post-it notes: pounds 1.20 per pad



Available from your colleagues’ desks and stationery shops.



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