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postit note planning

You know how sometimes you want to write down a plan, but don't know where to start? 
Way back when, I went on a project management course, and one of the best things I learned was using postit notes to plan something.
You can start anywhere you like, write a task, or a sub-project or a section of the paper, or whatever it is that you are breaking your project up into, and put it on a postit note.  And stick it somewhere.  Then write another, and stick it somewhere sensible in relation to the first. 
When you suddenly realise you want to reorganise it, you can - it's only postit notes.  You can even tear them in half if necessary (and stick blutac on the back of the half without any sticky if you need to).
I really love this method.  Somehow, having the freedom of knowing that I *can* rearrange the notes means that I get it 90% right first time.  If I tried to write it on a sheet of paper though, I'd end up starting at a blank space for ages, worried that I'd start in the wrong place.

Of course, recording it is another issue...



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Feb. 9th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Of course, recording it is another issue...

Does your phone have a camera?

I have a "notes" section of my picassa account.
Feb. 9th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
yes, but it's not hi-res enough for this kind of thing. I have used ordinary cameras to capture large ones (and indeed complex whiteboardings) before now.

Today's solution was to transfer it to a sheet of A4. I used mini-postits, so it just about fitted. It's for a short-term project (writing a journal paper), so I can just hold on to this, but if it was for something longer, I could then photocopy or scan this.

In the past, I have been known to glue the postits onto a huge piece of paper and roll it up for later perusal.
Feb. 9th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Multiple photos and autostitch?

I wonder why I don't have an autostitch app on my android phone?
Mar. 10th, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
post it note planning
we're using the post it note method right now to get our thoughts in order and tease out what we want done in preparation for a meeting we want with Tim's care package providers. You'll be aware we've had problems over the last x3 months or so. Will let you know how it goes,
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