Here are some simple Post-it Etiquettes to help each other digest, analyse and synthesize our vast data spread across hundreds of post-its!
- Choose different colours of post-its for writing under different categories. If you run out of colours, tag them at the bottom with a code using a 0.5 mm blue pen.
- Choose the same dimension and shape of post-its for working within the same category or task.
- Use a black Sharpie pen to write on all the post-its.
- Write between 3 and 10 words.
- Write words of height around the size of your thumb’s nail.
- For headers of categories during synthesis, choose a different dimension/shape/colour of post-its, but keep the style homogenous among the header post-its.
As we have faced this problem together over and over again at work, I recollect these are the top 10 blunders made by post-it writers working together within the same room:
- Writing 1 word on the post-it – will lead to fatal blank in the brain. If you will try hard to fill up the blank, you will most often get it all wrong.
- Squeezing in 10 lines of words on the post-it – will just merge with the wall it is pasted on.
- Writing with 0.5mm tip on the post-it – all you will see is the beautiful colour of the post-it.
- Using rainbow colour assortment of post-its within the same category – will cloud the blue sky and delay sunshine.
- Writing words in small size on the post-it – will make them insignificant amongst the ones with big size text.
- Writing with any colour pen on post-its within the same category – will make the black text post-its stand out because the post-its are coloured anyway.
- Using random sizes of post-its within the same category – will make the big post-its hungry enough to eat the smaller ones.
- Using non-homogenous post-it headers during synthesis across many categories – might cause the wrong post-its to land under wrong headers.
- Abstract drawings on post-its – could cause serious miscommunication. Drawings in this case go best with clearly explained words.
- Reading post-its from a very close distance – might cause your vision to go worse. You wouldn’t have had to do this if all of the above blunders were not committed.
This is taken from Post-it note for smooth digestion by Rasmi Kakde, see full post here.