Magazine article Supervisory Management

Note Jotting Made Simple

Magazine article Supervisory Management

Note Jotting Made Simple

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How many times have you found yourself scrambling for something to jot a note down on? And what were you in the middle of doing when you started scrambling? A business luncheon used to be my favorite place for doing this. I tore up more napkins at these function, only to find a rolled up ball of napkin fragments in my pocket when my suit came back from the cleaners. I've also written on sugar packets, doggie bags, and newspapers--to mention just a few. I've often thought it would be interesting to conduct a survey on the most unusual things people have used as notepads.

I found a solution to my dilemma: three by five cards. They're perfect. You can write down quite a bit of information on one of these cards, and they fit right in your pocket or purse. Not only that, but when you get to the office you can easily file them for future reference.

Notes in the Office

You may find 3 x 5 cards quite handy when you're talking on the telephone. It's pretty simple to slip a card out of your pocket to jot something down. I've also found it helpful as I walk down the hall at work. I don't know about you, but normally I find myself in and out of several conversations between the time I leave my work station and the time I return. Sometimes I get distracted enough that I don't even remember what my original intentions were--the 3 x 5 can be useful for directing efforts, too.

Before you leave your office to go talk with someone else, jot down what you need on one of your cards. As you get involved in side conversations heading to your destination, make pertinent notes for future reference. It's likely that you'll agree to get back to somebody on something, and if you jot down a reminder on a 3 x 5 card it will save you the embarrassment of later having to admit that you forgot. Then if you get to the point at which you forget what you originally set out to do, just glance at the 3 x 5 card before you start down the hall and you're back in business. …

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