10 Office Hacks You’ve Never Thought Of, But Will Love

Your office is a place you spend a great deal of time, whether you enjoy it or not. You can make the time you spend there more enjoyable by customizing your office the way you want it. You’ll feel more comfortable and be able to work better when you have an organized space. Here are some creative tips on how to get your office the way you want it:

1. Binder Clips

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Binder clips are great for holding all your important papers together in order to keep your documents organized. However, they have more uses than just to hold papers together. Attach these clips to one side of your desk to hold the ends of your power cords for your phone, computer and other devices. The ends should go through the metal part. You won’t have to worry about searching for the end of the cord because they’ll all be right there. In addition, none of them will tangle, which you know is a common problem in the office that’s quite frustrating.

2. Cell Phone Holder

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You don’t need to spend a fortune on a place to situate your cell phone while you work. Instead, use an old cassette case and flip it so that the part that holds the cassette is sloping upwards. Your cell phone will fit perfectly in this slot. If you don’t have an old cassette case, many used CD places sell them for very cheap. It’s a win win situation since you can purchase a tape that reminds you of your youth while creating a unique space for your mobile device.

3. Color Code Your Cords

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If you’re struggling to remember what cord goes to what, use nail polish, colored duct tape, or even bread clips to help keep track.

4. Hair Straightener

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A hair straightener doesn’t just have to be for hair. You can use it to get wrinkles out of your clothes. Purchase a cheap one and store it in your office drawer, so you always look presentable.

5. Q-Tip or Tape

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Use clear tape or a Q-tip to clean in between the keys on your keyboard

6. Use Dry Erase Paint

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Use dry erase paint to create a space on your wall to jot down notes.

7. Clear Shoe Rank

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Hang a clear shoe rack on your closet door. It’s an excellent storage space for office supplies. And since it’s clear, you’ll be able to see through it to find anything you want with ease.

8. Never Forget Your Keycard

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Put that keycard inside your smartphone case so you won’t ever forget it again.   Pretty “smart”, huh?

9. Make Cubbies

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Make a small group of cubbies by stacking mason jars in a pyramid and hot gluing them together. They make an excellent space to hold pens, pencils and other office supplies. Not to mention, this looks very unique.

10. An Old Shutter

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Paint an old shutter and hang it on the wall in your office to create a space to hold letters.

 

10 Workflow Hacks, Tools & Tips to Save You Time

Productivity Hacks and Tips

Your workday may feel like it is too lengthy at times, but in reality, there usually aren’t enough hours in the day to get your work done without putting in overtime. However, with continuous technological improvements there are new ways that you can improve your workflow and “hack” your day, so to speak, so you can be more productive and accomplish more in the same amount of time.

Here are 10 ways to help you begin the process and get more from your workdays.

  1. Create a schedule and stick to it – When you have your day scheduled and planned out, you free yourself up. You will know what needs to be done and when you must do it, and these “deadlines” you set for yourself keep you in line.
  2. Clear your desk – A clean desk makes it easier for you to focus on the task at hand. Spend a few minutes to empty that inbox and remove the junk that is scattered around your desk. It can make a big difference in saving you time later on in the day.
  3. Utilize templates – Do you find yourself sending similarly common email messages time and time again? Build a database of templates so that all you have to do is drop in names, numbers ad bits of information to fit the email to the situation. You’ll save lots of time typing out long messages everyday.
  4. Scan commonly accessed documents – Instead of sorting through the same paperwork time and time again, scan it so that you have digital files that are easier to access—saving you time and space.  On the go? No problem, there are mobile scanners for that too!
  5. Use a file sharing system – Using a program like Dropbox will make it easy to access your files on any device. Instead of storing your files on your hard drive, Dropbox allows you to store documents and files in the cloud so you can access them from your desktop, laptop, smartphone and work computer—a big time and stress saver.
  6. Check email once per day – Instead of “jumping” to check email every time you hear the notification, schedule time in your day to check it once or twice. This will save you time throughout your day.
  7. Automate – If you use social media as a work-related tool, figure out ways that you can automate these networks to save time. It is possible to schedule posts, automatically “like and comment” and other tasks.
  8. Take advantage of downtime – Use downtime to clear out your email inbox, take notes and do those little tasks that see to escape you. It’s a better use of your time than playing another game of Candy Crush.
  9. Focus – There are a number of apps available that can make it easier for you to focus. Mind42 is a free mindmapping app that will help you get focused on what needs to get done. Other apps are available that can help you by shutting off access to social networking or other distractions for a certain amount of time.
  10. Relax – Take time for you. Even though you may have many tasks to complete, schedule breaks for yourself. If you are relaxed you will be able to accomplish more with the time you have.