Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
I have a secret paper passion. Perhaps it was because I grew up in the Paper Valley. But at the same time, I love having paper with me at all times. It’s extremely versatile. Here are 8 things that paper can be used for when you are out and about:
The Gum Catcher
Your chewing gum has lost its taste and is starting to make your jaws ache. Why spit it on the ground like everyone else does? Take a piece of paper out of your notepad and ensure the safety of other people’s shoes.
This is kind of like taking notes, but not. Let’s say you meet up with Mr. I’ve-been-meaning-to-talk-to-you who is now boring you with his latest scheme of whatsits. He is insisting you write down the information. Your only way out: scribble something on a notepad and head for the exit.
What parent hasn’t had to try and occupy a child during a wait? A piece of paper and a “grown up” pen can keep my daughter occupied for hours.
There is a really nasty bug crawling around the windshield of the car. The backseat, filled with Brownies, starts screaming. I don’t blame them. The thing is icky. And I certainly don’t want to touch it. Piece of paper to the rescue! One smush and the bug is history. (The kinder folk among us could use the paper to swoosh the bug out the open window).
Your child sneezes as you are about to enter a restaurant. And not the nice, polite sneeze, either. This one is a double-barreled. No facial tissue in sight. What to do? A piece of paper can clean up, even if it is a bit stiff.
Sorry I Hit Your Car
Sometimes it happens. Someone parks you in, and you end up touching their car in a desperate attempt to break free. Paper can allow you to leave a note. Or to leave the note “People are watching so I’m pretending this has my name and phone number on it”. (No, I’m not kidding. Happened to my grandmother).
I never have a bookmark with me (although I own millions). And I abhor turning down page corners. A piece of paper can mark my place. And it adds interest with books I don’t read often, to find these odd papers stuffed in.
I live in the South, where it can get quite warm. Yet some public places are still not air-conditioned. A piece of paper can quickly be transformed into something that provides temporary relief.
Leave a comment if you have a non-typical use for paper on the run.
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