Here is a quick sticky note hack that I like to call the “sticky note surprise”. Basically, you take a bunch of sticky notes, or Post-it® notes if you prefer, and affix them inside your planner. They are handy whenever you need them, wherever you are. If you miss someone at their desk and need to leave them a note, you can avoid that awkward moment when they return unexpectedly to find you rummaging through their stuff looking for paper. It’s also handy when you need to give out a phone number or scribble down an address for someone.

As you can see in the picture below, tucked inside the cover page are stacks of sticky notes of various sizes. Each stack contains about 5-7 notes. The front page works nicely for this since it is a heavier thicker paper than the tabs. Also, if you arrange enough stacks to fill most of the page, the page will lay fairly flat when you close the book.


By the way, the book I use is actually a 5½” x 8½” Blue Sky® Telephone/Address Book from Office Depot. It happens to be the same size as the Franklin-Covey “Classic” binder I used to have. The reason I like it is that it is smaller and slimmer than anything Franklin-Covey offered in that format, and it was only $17.99!


You’ll be happy to know that this same “Sticky Hack” can also be applied to the Hipster PDA that was popularized by Zen productivity guru, former rock star, and new father Merlin Mann. See the picture below.