Research has shown that your brain is quicker at identifying color than text or numbers, which is why color coded notes work so well. Now it’s time to consider how color coding your office might improve your day to day life.
Color Coding Your Office
In our article Trick Your Brain with Color-Coded Notes, we talked about a variety of ways to use color to organize your notes. Assign a specific color to each project you are working on. When you brainstorm ideas or attend meetings for that project be sure to take the appropriate colored notepad.
Assigning tasks to various people or organizing a presentation? Use different colored sticky notes to signify each item. One of the nice features of sticky notes is the ability to move them around until you are satisfied with the arrangement!
Personal Color Coding
Admit it – as a kid, you loved the pen with a plethora of ink choices. Good news! You can be an organized adult and still enjoy a fun pen. Use a different ink color for different topics. This technique makes it easy to scan your notes for the right information.
But what if you need to organize more than 4 topics? Don’t worry – we’ve got a Sharpie for that. Color code your little heart out. We won’t judge!
If you are new to the color coding game and would like to go back and add some organization to older documents, you could use page flags. It’s an easy way to add at-a-glance color coding to anything!
Highlighters are another great way to add color coded organization to older files and documents. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3… errr… green, orange, pink!
Colored labels are a great way to add priority levels to pending projects. And with label stickers, it’s easy to add one on top of another when the priority level changes.
Color Coded Trickery
I think there is an even better way to use color coded stickers. Color code your co-workers at meetings! Hand out agendas with a color coded dots at the top. Then mess with someone by saying, “I’m sorry Dan, you can’t have a yellow. You’re definitely been a red lately.” Don’t tell anyone what the colors mean. Keep them guessing.
Then give good old Dan a jolt when he walks into his office to find everything is red. Red papers, red pens, red snacks, red everything! Pick someone at random to be a red every once and awhile. Just to mess with them.
Ahhh, color coded trickery at it’s finest.