Starting Fresh! Time for Some Organising

Starting Fresh! Time for Some Organising

Mini Office Makeover Feeling overwhelmed at your desk? Stressed when you sit down? Not as productive as you should be? It might not be you – it could be a messy desk or workstation influencing your mood. Unorganised files, fighting to find things and paperwork piles not only affect how you work, they can also cost you time. Find out how to make work a little easier for yourself just by organising a messy workspace. Give your workspace a mini makeover – you’ll love the feeling of a fresh look and feel! Start Fresh! Every good makeover starts with a fresh approach! Get things under control with a couple of days of solid commitment to your makeover. Clean the crumbs and dust off of your desk Disinfect your phone and mouse Go through your desk drawers and throw out dried up pens and highlighters If you have files that haven’t been used in a while, archive them into storage. Check with your company about document retention policies and how to handle confidential data. Take inventory of all the things currently on your desk and decide whether or not you really need them to be there. Figure Out Your Favourites You need to look at your work habits to identify the tools and information that you use frequently and want to access quickly and easily. If you’re a big user of letter openers, staplers and highlighters, keep them easy to access. If you constantly use your telephone list, keep it visible. Keep the items you use less frequently (like staples, or a notepad you use for monthly meetings) in less...
Organising Your Mobile Office

Organising Your Mobile Office

A mobile office or virtual office allows you to run a professional business while not physically occupying office space, or a so-called “executive suite”. Where has the office gone? The laptop was the first piece of technology to free the modern office worker from a fixed location, but as technology continues to make advances, with laptops becoming lighter and more powerful, and free Wi-Fi hotspots popping up in every bar and coffee shop, the idea of being tied to one particular desk in a corner of cubicle country is no longer mandatory or in fact practical. The idea that you can work anywhere, anytime is attractive for a number of reasons:   There are a number of cost savings to not having to maintain actual office space; it provides employment opportunities for circumstantially marginalized workers such as stay-at-home parents; and it may benefit society in other ways such as reducing traffic and improving work-life balance. While many companies are allowing their workers to telecommute, increasingly freelance workers are also using technology to provide their services to clients. It has been estimated that by 2013 the number of office-based, non-office-based and home-based mobile workers will be close to 1,2 billion people, or more than one third of the entire workforce of the planet. Just how do you manage this new mobile environment? Keep your PC current It stands to reason that in the mobile office environment, your laptop computer is the heart, brain and lifeblood of your business. Some points to keep in mind: The smaller and lighter your device, the more mobile you will be. It makes sense to trade up...