How To Avoid Post-It Notes Hell?

Call me old school.

But I absolutely love using post it notes as to-do reminders and a regular pen and tablet to write ideas down.

Even though I have programs that do all of these faster…

I still like to have things written down and not depend entirely on technology to keep myself organized.

The Problem

Doing it like this comes with some trouble though and it normally happens when you start letting go and not doing the work.

It’s very easy to start hoarding post-it notes everywhere, get anxious about them and still not do the job.

By the way, this is strongly related to a blog post ) I wrote yesterday on my minimalist blog at

Anyway, here’s how I kind of solved this…

The Video

The video is only five minutes long and literally shows you what I did to get rid of this problem.


I know other people like to use Evernote, sync with their phones and keep it all on the cloud.

Again, I’m a very old school person and for some reason I find it odd to keep myself accountable using technology (which is a bit weird coming from a Systems Engineer).

The odd thing is that I ended up using technology to solve my problem haha oh well.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed watching the video and I’m thinking of getting back to recording more videos in the next days because I don’t want to lose the skill I used to have when being in front of a camera.

Thanks for reading and stay put, I’ll be publishing a lot more often here.

PS. Big shout out to Tom Wacker. Your email made my day man, thank you!

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    • Stephen Hawkins
    • June 13, 2014

    Hi again Sergio. Just watched the video here and read this post which I found fascinating as I am currently suffering from something similar.

    I actually always make notes all the time as I am constantly studying. At present I have the following notepads:



    Product Ideas

    General Study

    Eben Pagan

    And a daily todo list.

    I started these just over the past week since first arriving here at your blog. I have about 7 empty ones ready to extend the ones above or to start new areas?

    It’s a pretty good way to record different areas but I am filling pads pretty quickly.

    I think that my best approach is to have just 2. One: for Study notes (I can categorize as I go with different courses that I take) and Two: Product Creation/Ideas.

    Then just extend each as I need. Probably Call Number One above my Success Diary. What do you think?

    Thanks for the post again – very entertaining. All the best mate.

    Stephen Hawkins

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      Whoa Stephen, looks like you are keeping yourself busy man!

      I find absolutely nothing wrong having several notepads for different projects, I do that a lot but just be careful that you actually go back and use your notes otherwise all that research will be in vain.

      Since you’re a student of Alex Jeffreys, here’s something I saw he does:

      He uses a folder (a real life one!) per project and he will print and insert everything that is related to that project inside that folder, including funnels, offers, results, stats, everything.

      So when he wants to create a similar product, he just opens the corresponding folder and he already has a step by step plan on everything that needs to get done.

      I think that is a fantastic way to keep yourself and your projects organized!

      Now, about the notepads, use as many as you want but I’d say focus on working on ONE project first until it gets completely finished (that means until it’s ready to bring money) only then, you can jump to something else and continue to tweak or develop the first project.

      If you don’t do it this way, you’ll end up with a ton of underveloped sites (or projects), our brand won’t be defined (what exactly is your #1 asset? are you exploiting it?) and it will be a lot easier to become overwhelmed because of lack of results.

      I hope this helps, take care and speak soon man! ;-)

      PS. If you clicked on any of the links about a “minimalist blog” on this post and got an error, I just brought that project back to life.

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