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DIY Office Hacks that Your Boss will Thank You for

DIY Office Hacks that Your Boss will Thank You for

We all know that the more organized are, the more we ultimately end up getting done. This is extremely true in the workplace. If you have a messy and disorganized work space, chances are that you’re going to be disorganized in your work as well. There are plenty of things that you can do to get your work station better organized, and it only takes a few minutes! Here we will discuss a few of these things, as well as some DIY hacks that you can use to keep your workspace tidy and organized.

  • Get Rid of Paper – After a while, papers tend to pile up, and then you end up with a big pile of clutter that takes over the workspace. It is time to go through all of those papers, get rid of what you don’t need, and file what you do need appropriately.
  • Color-Code Your Filing System – When organizing your filing system, it is a good idea to color-code it so you can find things easily. As an example, use green for financial papers, red for medical, orange for personal, etc.
  • Use A Label Maker – Get yourself a label maker, and start labeling all of your files, boxes, drawers, etc. That way, you can easily find anything you need in just a few seconds. This is probably one of the best organization tips you will hear this week.
  • Set Up A Mail Station – Create incoming and outgoing mail folders, as well as folders for mail to file, mail to look at later, etc. That way, you will have a better handle on all of your in-office mail, and it won’t get lost in the shuffle.
  • Set Up A Printing Station – Set up a specific space in your office for your printer and printer supplies. If you are lucky enough to have a wireless printer, you can keep everything in a cabinet so it is out of the way and off your desk.
  • Create Categories – Creating categories around your office space lets you place certain similar items together. For instance, you can have office supplies in one area, mail in another, files in another etc.

Storage Ideas

Now that you are organizing your workspace, it is time to find ways to store all of the things that you use in the office. You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money on special storage containers. In fact, you probably have a lot of items in the office, and in your home, that you can use and that won’t cost you anything at all. Check out these cool storage ideas you can easily make yourself.

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  • Wire Mesh Baskets – Get a bunch of wire mesh baskets from your local dollar store, and place them in a desk drawer. Now you have spaces for pens, pushpins, paper clips, and more, and each item has its own space.
  • Tin Can Pyramids – This is a cute idea that is easy to make. Simply peel the labels of some tin cans (make sure they are the same size), and paint the cans a color that will match your office décor. Lay the cans on their sides, and glue them together in a pyramid shape so the open ends are facing outwards. Now you have storage for pens, pencils, scissors, and other small office supplies.
  • Bulletin Boards – Get small memos, business cards, etc. out of the way by pinning them to bulletin boards you make yourself. All you need is a bit of cork board and some old photo frames. Cut the cork board to fit the frames, and glue in place. Hang in your office as an attractive bulletin board.

Featured photo credit: Office Cubicle Ideas via carveraudain.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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