Post-its, simple and tactile, are superior organizational tools February 2, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang Photo by Carolyn Wang They’re even useful for random things like recording cool punchlines and “anger” relief. If you’re like me, you have probably tried productivity apps recommended by your friends, only to find their “sophisticated” functionality turned out to be too complicated. Instead of opting for some fancy software that takes loads of time to utilize or spending hours formatting an online schedule to make it perfect, old-fashioned Post-its can solve all your organizational needs in a matter of seconds. All you have to do is rip off a Post-it and write your schedule for the day: January 5, 2021 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: School 1-2:30 p.m.: Run, Eat, Shower 2:30-4:30 p.m.: Chem HW 4:30-5:30 p.m.: SED Talks YC Meeting 5:30-7p.m.: English & History HW 7 p.m.-8 p.m.: Dinner 8 p.m.-10 p.m.: Data project, miscellaneous work 10-11 p.m.: Flute 11 p.m.: Sleep Cross off each assignment you’ve written down as you complete them, and you’ll end the day feeling smart and accomplished. Simple. Easy, Effective. The best part is that you’ll never have to worry about a malfunctioning reminder app again (ahem, Google Calendar notifications) because you’ll have a Post-it plastered in front of you silently screaming “2:30-4:30 p.m.: Chem HW.” If your computer crashes, your Wi-Fi dies, your internet goes out due to high winds, or you accidentally delete your entire schedule on your phone and can’t find the undo button (not that I’ve ever done that …), whip out your Post-it buddies from your pocket because they’ll never abandon you, unlike those disloyal apps that sometimes go haywire for no apparent reason. Also, Post-its aren’t just limited to writing out your daily schedule. Did your cool friend just say an amazing punchline that you want to record for your own use? Take out a Post-it and jot it down. Did your journalism teacher just recommend a great source for your story? Take out a Post-it and jot it down. Did your sister just steal the last nougat that you saved for the past few days? Whip out a Post-it and let out all your anger. By now, you should see just how precious Post-its are. They’re reliable, convenient little tools that do very well in organizing your daily tasks and make the most satisfying sound when you rip one off a stack. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and buy yourself a jumbo pack of Post-its and dump all your unnecessary apps. Trust me, it’ll change your life. About the contributorsCarolyn WangCarolyn Wang, Class of ‘23, is an Editor-in-Chief of the Saratoga Falcon for the 2022-23 school year. Previously, she was the School Scope Editor between 2021-22 and an Assistant Graphics Editor, Layout Artist and Reporter between 2020-21. Over her three years on staff, she has covered stories ranging from inflation's effects on senior citizens to the current state of the journalism industry, anti-vaccine protests, the history of Saratoga's principals, Cross Country and Track & Field beats, and other local and schoolwide news. She's been recognized for her journalism work by the Journalism Education Association of Northern California and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Outside of the J-Room, Carolyn enjoys all-things music, running and Disney-related.