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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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