Post It Notes are one of the great inventions of our time. I’m sure you know the story about how they’re the result of innovative thinking – something 3M corporation encourages – but it’s worth reading this account at The Rake to learn details.
Well, like many people, I have an abiding love of Post It Notes. I didn’t realize they were so recent – introduced in 1980. They’ve always been fixtures in my office life.
Tonight I was taking a long bath – bathing is one of my hobbies – and I took a pad of post its into the tub with me. I do a lot of thinking in the tub. And tonight I wanted to think about the novel I’m working on and how to arrange the events into consecutive chapters. I’ve been writing it as vignettes and I want to combine them in a logical fashion.
So, I started jotting down each event on a post it and then trying different ways to combine them. Lo and behold, right there beside me was the perfect spot to work on – the tiled wall beside the tub.
They got a little wet when I washed my hair, but they dried and are all still hanging tight onto the wall. I want to sleep on it, so I’m just leaving them there for the moment. I guess this would fall into the category of things you can do when you live alone.