Need someone to send you a report or call a client for you ASAP? Write your request down on a Post-it! According to a study by Sam Houston State University professor Randy Garner, people respond more to handwritten notes on the sticky paper than other visual cues.

In a set of experiments, he gave three groups of 50 professors a survey and asked to have it back using three ways. One group received a Post-it request, another received a handwritten message on the cover, and yet another was given a cover letter. Results revealed that 76 percent of the professors from the Post-it group returned the survey, while only 36 percent from the cover letter group returned theirs. The results were less impressive for the handwritten group without the sticky.


The rationale behind the Post-it phenomenon?

"The Harvard Business Review suggests that an out-of-place note looks a bit like clutter that needs cleaning up, is tough to ignore, is personalized and ultimately makes receiver feel important because of the individualized attention," reports Today.com.

Try this out at work today!

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