A5 Post-It Notes


Each one of my students is given a notebook from my stash. These are used for many things but generally:

  • they are small and light enough to be carried around. Much better than bulky grammar books and files.
  • I paste all exercises I create into the book so they can all be in one place.
  • While the lesson is ongoing I write notes for the student in the notebook. This allows them to concentrate on speaking without having to stop and write down things or worry that they have written them down correctly.
  • At the end of the lesson we go through the day’s notes to make sure the student understands everything.
  • They are then free to add their own notes from the discussion or anything they wish to take up the next time we meet.

Sometimes though, the students forget to bring their books to a lesson. So I write their notes for that day on these A5 sized Post-It notes and they can then just pop them into their books. The size is really nice.

Did you know Post-It notes were created by accident? From Wikipedia:

In 1968, a scientist at 3M in the United States, Dr. Spencer Silver, was attempting to develop a super-strong adhesive. Instead he accidentally created a “low-tack”, reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive. For five years, Silver promoted his “solution without a problem” within 3M both informally and through seminars but failed to gain acceptance. In 1974 a colleague who had attended one of his seminars, Art Fry, came up with the idea of using the adhesive to anchor his bookmark in his hymnbook. The original notes’ yellow color was chosen by accident, as the lab next-door to the Post-It team had only yellow scrap paper to use.

I don’t use Post-Its as much as some people do, but I:

  • stick them onto things (mirrors, the inside of my front door) for urgent reminders
  • put one with extra to dos or shopping lists in my planner if the allocated space is full
  • put one in my binder if my schedule has so many changes and additions that I can no longer read it. I then just put a post it over the mess with everything neatly rewritten.
  • use them for temporary tabs and bookmarks.

Do you use Post-It’s? What do you use them for?

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

7 thoughts

  1. I have a ‘love/hate relationship with Post-Its……

    Find myself using them for various quick notes, jotting down info, ideas, etc…..

    Often saying I’ll transfer info I want to keep to one of my bound journals laters…..but usually don’t get to it and then end up with a stack of post-its on my desk….

    In the end think they’re the devil and keep trying to wean myself from using them…..

    One day……

    So, wish I didn’t learn about A5 size Post-Its……I’m doomed now…


    1. They are really nice. I like them when you want to rewrite something in nicely. I just bung the Post-It on the relevant page and get to it later. Though I have to say they often stay there permanently!

  2. Hi Janet, I would like to sell a Malden A5 – Rosa Antiguo (not sure how to say that in english.. Old Pink?) but I have no idea on where to sell it but ebay.. I remember you had a post with ideas on how to sell a Filofax but could not find it.. is this right? Can I ask you for the link if it’s not too much trouble? Thanks 🙂

    1. It would be Vintage Pink and they are very popular. You could put it for sale on Philofaxy on Adspot, or in one of the sales groups on Facebook. It will go very quickly. One of my readers may even snap it up!

  3. Very interesting to know how Post-It notes were created.
    I am a big fan of Post-Its notes for work. I stick them in books as reminders, in files, on the first page of a new lesson (with the plan of the lesson) and i move it regularly so I always have the lesson plan in front of me… etc… The examples of use are countless!

    I use them in all sizes and colours (colour coding there!). From the very small ones to mark a page to a5 for more detailed reminders, plans…

    I don’t use Post-It notes for personal matters though. I only trust my planners and the notes section in it.

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