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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 November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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