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A Light That Can Instantly Increase Your Productivity by 50%

A Light That Can Instantly Increase Your Productivity by 50%

Distractions at work by coworkers is one of the biggest culprits for loss of productivity for many businesses. This is especially true when it comes to a business that has work areas that put a large number of employees in an open area. While most people do not intentionally look to interfere with a coworkers ability to get their job done, but unfortunately, not everyone knows what everyone is doing all the time. Unscheduled meetings with coworkers can be annoying and especially if they just pop up at your desk. A company called Luxafor has come up with a simple solution, the Luxafor Flag.

Notify Your Co-workers Your Working Status

The Luxafor Flag is a unique signaling system that can easily alert someone who could be looking to approach a coworker for small talk or any unscheduled meeting that the person is potentially busy. The system includes a lighted indicator that is attached to each computer monitor in the room and a control application that changes the color of the indicator light on the flag. Each person in the room is trained on how the system works and each of the colors of the light is explained.

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Allows You To Stay Focus With Your Work Without Being Distracted 

    Selectable Timers – For Windows users only you can use a timer that is included in the application to set a timer for when you will be working and it will automatically change the color of the flags LED to indicate that you are busy and cannot be disturbed.

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    Easy installation – The Luxafor Flag is an extremely easy to install an operating system that consists of downloadable software and a tiny monitor mountable LED indicator light. It is powered by plugging in the micro USB cable to any open USB port on your computer.

    Application with Windows and Mac OS – The Luxafor Flag control application is fully compatible with all of the current versions of Windows and Mac operating systems.

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    Let Yourself Stay On Top Of Your Schedule 

    The Luxafor Flag is a passive interoffice notification system that is designed to reduce or eliminate the loss of productivity in a busy business environment. By using a simple lighted LED to let others know that you work status so that everyone knows whether you can be approached or not. Here is what one user has said about using the Luxafor Flag:

    “A few of my office mates tested out the Luxafor devices and found them so helpful that we ordered more. Our productivity has increased because we feel more comfortable approaching one another and can quickly tell when others are free to chat.

    When working on a writing project with a tight deadline, the red indicator light is a lifesaver, but I found the green light to be even more helpful. Now I can interrupt my colleagues free of guilt!”

    If you are looking for a way to make an improvement to the productivity of your business you really need to look into Luxafor Flag, it will help your employees figure out when their coworkers are too busy to be interrupted. To find out more about and where to get them, just click here.

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2019

    15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

    15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done

    You may think that you don’t have time for office organization, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

    Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

    A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

    Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

    So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

    1. Purge Your Office

    De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

    Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

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    Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

    2. Gather and Redistribute

    Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

    3. Establish Work “Zones”

    Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

    Place the appropriate equipment and supplies are located in the proper area as much as possible.

    4. Close Proximity

    Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

    5. Get a Good Labeler

    Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

    6. Revise Your Filing System

    As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

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    What can your store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

    Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

    • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
    • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
    • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
    • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
    • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
    • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
    • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

    Learn more tips on organizing your files here: How to Organize Your Files for Better Productivity

    7. Clear off Your Desk

    Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

    If you have difficulty declutter stuff, this Declutter Formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

    8. Organize your Desktop

    Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

    Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

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    Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

    9. Organize Your Drawers

    Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

    Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

    10. Separate Inboxes

    If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

    11. Clear Your Piles

    Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

    Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

    12. Sort Mails

    Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off. .

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    13. Assign Discard Dates

    You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

    Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

    14. Filter Your Emails

    Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

    When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

    Take a look at these tips to achieve inbox zero: The Ultimate Way to get to Inbox Zero

    15. Straighten Your Desk

    At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

    Bottom Line

    Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

    Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!

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