Colorful Transformations: How Post-it Notes Empower

Colorful Transformations: How Post-it Notes Empower

Jul 31, 2023

Lisa's Journey of Self-Discovery


Welcome to self-discovery through the Post-it Exercise. As women over 45, it is time to explore and embrace our true selves. The exercise below offers a playful and open approach to reconnecting with our deepest desires and passions, some of which might hark back to our childhood dreams.

Spencer Silver, the inventor of the unique adhesive used in Post-it notes, first developed it in 1968 while working at 3M. Despite recognizing its potential, he struggled to find a practical application for the "low-tack" adhesive. It wasn't until 1974 when Art Fry, another 3M scientist, saw its value. Together, they created the iconic Post-it notes and launched them in 1980. The adhesive formula took approximately 15 years to find its purpose as sticky notes.

Just as the innovative adhesive in Post-it Notes took time to find its purpose, so can the journey of self-discovery. Embrace the process, explore your desires like those sticky notes, and allow your true self to unfold. The transformation may take time, but the results will be empowering and colorful.

The Post-it Exercise: Getting Started

Most stationers will stock Post-it notes. You can also buy them online. Choose one block of color or a variety. Post-its also come in different shapes and sizes. If possible, only use those that spark joy for you.

If you have available, a glass window or door will aid the exercise. Make sure the surface is suitable for Post-it notes. Be aware that you may keep these Post-its on display for a few days, where you can play without interruptions.

Stage 1: Putting Down Desires

Find a cozy spot and allow your intuition to guide you as you write down your desires on the Post-it notes. Jot down one-word aspirations or actions you want to ‘be, do, or have’. Let your mind wander and remember wishes and dreams from the past and future inspirations.

Embrace your creativity, and don't hold back—let your wackiest ideas flow freely. This activity encourages you to be honest with yourself and uncover the long-buried aspirations that have been forgotten or pushed aside over the years.


Stage 2: Organizing the Post-it Notes

After 24 hours, group the Post-it notes into columns based on related themes. Notice the connections between your desires, and let these patterns lead you to deeper insights about your passions and what truly matters to you. Now is the perfect time to add more notes as you remember other areas of significance.

Stage 3: Determining Priorities

Give each column a Post-it heading and whatever feels right for you.

Now, it's time to determine what holds the most significance. Reflect on each column and decide which one aligns most with your desires. Place this to the far left and rank the other columns from left to right. Then, within each column, place the Post-it notes from top to bottom in order of importance.

As you begin and identify what truly resonates with your authentic self, take time to go deeper. Return to your columns over 24 hours, shifting, changing, and adding notes.

Stage 4: Identifying Core Values and Aspirations

As you identify the most meaningful column, you may uncover your core values and aspirations. This realization can be a powerful guide in shaping your life's direction, enabling you to make choices that align with your true self. You may have noticed too that to do and have certain items on your list, you may need to BE someone else first.

Stage 5: Creating Intentions and Actions

Now that you know your priorities, translate them into specific intentions and actionable steps. Break down your goals into smaller, manageable tasks, and celebrate each achievement. If you notice a negative response or drop in energy, ask yourself, is there another way forward? Who can I ask for help? Is there something I am missing?

Case Study - Lisa Love of Letters

Meet Lisa, a courageous woman who, amidst the challenges of divorce, found solace and inspiration in the Post-it Exercise. Using Post-it notes, she put together her to divorce-to-do list. It was such a devastating time Lisa was determined to share her story in the hope of helping others.

Lisa then used Post-Its to plan her autobiography, the layout, and marketing strategies. Before her eyes, she was manifesting her dreams into reality. Post-its became her faithful companions, aiding her at every significant crossroads, from finding a new home to exploring new passions.

Post-it notes transformed Lisa's approach to decision-making, enabling her to visualize her path and take actionable steps toward her goals. Each colorful square gave clarity, focus, and a renewed sense of purpose. The exercise became her therapy, allowing her to introspect, dream, and define her true self.

The Post-it habit became infectious, and Lisa excitedly shared its magic with her grandchildren. Together, they adorned walls with notes filled with dreams, aspirations, and empowering affirmations. Through this shared ritual, Lisa instilled in them the belief that they, too, hold the power to shape their destinies.

Today, Lisa's book is a success, and her life continues to bloom with newfound passions and connections. As the years passed, Lisa's collection of Post-its grew, chronicling her personal growth and transformations. Each Post-it represented a milestone in her journey, from conquering fears to embracing new opportunities. Simple stacking and sticking of Post-it notes can manifest dreams and unveil the true self within—a legacy she lovingly passes on to generations, ensuring her colorful impact lasts forever.

You Did It!

Congratulations on completing your Post-it Exercise! Now it is time to put your newfound clarity to guide your decisions and actions. Remember that self-discovery is a lifelong process, so cherish every step toward a more authentic and fulfilling life.

Share Your Story

We would love to hear about your experiences with the Post-it Exercise! Share your insights and join a supportive community of like-minded women on this journey of self-discovery. Together, we'll celebrate each other's growth and transformation. Keep embracing your true self and living life to the fullest!