A few weeks ago I listened to an EOK Podcast on product development. My head was spinning. I know that I have a product or two or three that I can bring to market. Well today I discovered that I missed the boat completely on one of them.
I went to Office Max to by some office supplies. I saw a new line of organizing products designed by Peter Walsh (Clean Sweep and Oprah) called [in] place system.
These are items to organize action files and projects. He uses sticky notes for file labels and for labels on project cases and magazine files. The sticky notes are sized to fit the products; in some cases there is a little pocket for them.
I have been using the sticky note system for color coding for years. I love the flexibility of the notes. Some of my clients are reluctant to make and label a file if they feel it might be temporary. Sticky notes allow you to reuse the folder.
I hate to admit it but I have actually been phasing out that system and using Smead Viewables instead because (get this)
I thought the sticky notes looked unprofessional. Now Peter Walsh is going to get even richer - because he took that simple idea to market.
You can likely see the products at www.officemax.com