Sticky notes. Post-its. The ‘necessary’ evil we succumb to for the lack of better tools available to us at hand.
They clutter up your desk, whether that’d be at home or work, and prevent you from seeing your monitor properly. Eventually you know they’ll fall off and create an autumnal leaf display on your desk until you spring clean them into the trash. And let’s think about trees for a minute – are those square neon colored sticky notes any good for the environment?
Here are some reasons why sticky notes are evil:
1. They scream “Clutter”
We put them everywhere – on our monitors, cork boards, desks, walls, furniture, fridges. Then they land in drawers. They can really clutter up just about any space of our home or office.
Oftentimes we scan our sticky notes one-by-one and wonder – is this piece of information still relevant? Is that task still actionable? Does this need to be completed? Did I write this? Then we usually keep the post-it where it was rather than trashing it – this is out of fear that we might need it later, someday. It’s therefore much easier to create new sticky notes than it is to get rid of them. And so the cluttering continues.
The other thing to keep in mind is that, unlike to-do apps like TaskLabels, physical spaces have limited capacity. TaskLabels’ unlimited capacity is one of the reasons why you wouldn’t experience any clutter if you used a mobile to-do app for your notes, tasks and pieces of information. (The other reason is that by digitizing your information and using TaskLabel’s multiple labeling ability, your collection of info will be naturally much more organized than sticky notes).
2. They fall off because the glue loses power
‘Nuff said. No matter what you stick them to, they will fall off sooner or later. Usually the former. I personally think they’re designed that way so you’ll have to buy more! Sorry, 3M.
3. They are major dust collectors
Once they fall off, they start to rapidly collect dust on the sticky glue strip.
It’s actually pretty surprising that nobody has invented a broom using post-it notes yet! In any event, my post-its would usually collect dust, dog hair, trap insects, and then stick to my legs.
Gross? Somewhat. Unhygienic? Most definitely.
4. They are not environmentally friendly
As quoted from the website ePapyrus, sticky notes might be difficult to recycle:
Sticky notes are usually recyclable, but they also cause some recycling problems because of their components. Post-it’s use a pressure-sensitive adhesive called PSA which does not dissolve in water, so they are therefore refused by some recycling systems. Sticky notes are accepted by mixed paper recycling programs, however.
If you are environmentally conscious at all, you might want to consider the above before buying another pack of a 100 post-its. On the other hand, TaskLabels is absolutely free to use (unless you want to become one of our power users, then it’s $2 a month) and has a net 0 carbon footprint.
5. You cannot set timely reminders on sticky notes
We often tend to use sticky notes to remind ourselves of doing something. That works well for sticking the note onto an object the task is related to, but if time is one of the note’s attributes, they work terribly. For tasks and pieces of information with due dates, you want to use something that works well so you’ll never miss that phone call you were supposed to make or that shopping you were supposed to do.
Reminders in TaskLabels, on the other hand, work delightfully. You can easily set up recurring tasks and push notifications on your smartphone. And the unique feature of at-a-glance due date indicators will make sure that you get an overview on all your deadlines quickly and easily.
6. You cannot copy and share sticky notes on-the-go
Imagine you were supposed to go grocery shopping, but something’s come up and you’re not able to do it. You want to ask someone else to help you, like your spouse or your child, let’s say you have a person willing to do that shopping, but… they don’t have the list. Now you have to rewrite the sticky note to your phone and send an SMS, e-mail the list to them or physically pass the sticky note. It’s easy and will probably take just a few minutes but wouldn’t you rather save yourself from that daunting task and automate the whole sharing process?
With TaskLabels, you can easily share the whole list (label) and immediately collaborate with anyone using TaskLabels, or simply e-mail your list of tasks/items to anyone with just 2 clicks.
The collaboration part opens up a whole new range of usages. You could create a shopping list for your whole family and have everyone able to make additions at anytime. You could be already in your car driving to the supermarket while someone is still adding things to your shopping list because TaskLabels syncs immediately.
Sticky notes, on the other hand, are rendered medieval when it comes to sharing them with other people.
What sticky notes are actually good for
We don’t mean to disregard sticky notes altogether! They certainly come very handy for jotting down things when on the phone or using them to remind ourselves about some tasks relevant to particular objects at home – there’s hardly a good alternative to placing a sticky note on a package with a ‘Please send it’ message for our absent spouse.
Likewise, sticky notes tend to be utilized for posting important information that needs to be readily available, e.g. posting a list of phone numbers that are constantly used at work on your cubicle wall – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Sticky Notes can certainly be used along with a to-do app. We actually encourage taking advantage of both paper and to-do apps. (See our post on How to Embrace The Power Of Paper And Your Mobile Apps To Plan Your Next Day at Work).