How to Build Your Own
Sticky Note Organizer

The concept of the Sticky Note Organizer (SNO) is to utilize pages and sticky notes in the management of goals, tasks, and information. Once each day, at your preferred time, In its simplest form, the SNO is pages in a notebook. In more advanced forms, the SNO uses tabbed dividers in a binder.

The Basic Pages

There are three basic pages in any SNO:

The ASAP page is the primary page. That means it's on top, out front, etc. It is used to contain notes for tasks that should be done before any others.
The Soon page holds notes for tasks that should be done after all the ASAP tasks are done. "Soon" is relative to the ASAP tasks. It is not time or date related. If you have something you need to do next week, put it on your "Soon" tab. Each morning as you review your SNO, you'll be able to move tasks with deadlines to the ASAP page. Ultimately, "Soon" just means these things need to be done, but they don't have to be done right now.
Later tasks are those tasks for which there is no particular deadline. You can also put long term goals here.

Further prioritization of tasks is done on each page. Task notes at the top of the page have higher priority over those lower on the page.

If you are using a notebook (the kind with the spiral bind) as your SNO, your topmost (first) page will be the ASAP page. The second page will be the Soon page, and the third page will be the Later page. If you are using a binder as your SNO, the order will be the same, but you will use tabbed dividers as the pages. You'll see how this works when you view the sample SNOs (below).

What Goes Where?

As an example, let's say you want to start a business such that one day you want to have enough money to take a four-week trip to a foreign land. On your ASAP page, you will put the tasks needed to start a business. This will include government filings, the acquisition of equipment, contacting related professionals (lawyers, accountants), etc. All these items can go on your ASAP tab, in an appropriate top-to-bottom order of priority. For example, you will need to have a business name before you can open a checking account, so the "Register Business Name" sticky will be above the "Open Checking Account" note. If you have a lot of tasks on one page, you can stack the notes. Stacking means you place step-oriented task notes one on top of another, with the prerequisite tasks at the top. A Step 1 sticky note will be on top of a Step 2 sticky note, which will be on top of a Step 3 sticky note, and so on, and so on. You can also tile notes this way to represent the same priority structure but provide a visual clue regarding the depth of the stack.

On your Soon page, you might want to put tasks such as "Advertise in Newspaper," "Build Client List," etc.

On your Later page, you will want to put, "Visit a Foreign Land."

Tasks can always be shuffled around whenever necessary or desired. They can be expanded (or contracted) at any time. For instance, your task of "Visit a Foreign Land" will one day require more detail:

All of these tasks will need to be done as ASAP tasks before you can complete the "Visit a Foreign Land" task.

Sample SNOs

The ideas above give you enough information to create your own Sticky Note Organizer. However, I've created some step-by-step instructions, with photos, on how to create three types of SNOs. Just click on a link below to see.