Archive for November, 2008

Turkey, Potatoes and Pie, Oh My…

Monday, November 24th, 2008

This past weekend, what did you do? Well, I spent my two days away from the office sifting through piles and years of recipes. Yes, it took that long to come up with the perfect mix of appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts to host the ultimate Thanksgiving!Biodegradable Sheet Protectors for Recipes

Once I had all my recipes compiled, I placed them all into biodegradable sheet protectors. These holders not only keep all my Thanksgiving Day recipes in one place, but also protect them from the splatters, spills and splashes of ingredients that will no doubt happen in my frenzied kitchen this Wednesday and Thursday.


Staying organized throughout the holidays

Monday, November 17th, 2008

As the holiday season approaches, it becomes more difficult to keep yourself organized. By the beginning of December, it just seems like there are not enough hours in the day – from the end-of-year work projects to gift giving and party attending.  To keep the season from elevating your stress levels, consider these tips:

  1. Create lists. Write down all the majors projects you will need to tackle during these 6 weeks, such as dishes to prepare when entertaining, gifts to buy, holiday card recipients, and end-of-the-year work projects to complete.  If possible, divide categories into subcategories. For instance, your food preparation category can be further broken down into each instance you will need to prepare food, i.e. for the gathering at Aunt Sally’s house, get-together with the Nielsens, cookie exchange at work and bake sale at the local library.
  2. Use your calendar to record all important dates. Don’t forget to schedule time for gift shopping, food preparation (who doesn’t love holiday cookies?), gift wrapping, family and friend get-togethers, and the all important “use-it-or-lose-it” vacation days. If you have more than one calendar or datebook, now is the time to consolidate into one, as many time management experts suggest.
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Having your office walls work for you

Monday, November 10th, 2008

With your desk drawers organized, let’s turn our attention to the “walls” as a means to organize your office.  There are several ways to utilize the vertical space in your office, home, or cubicle to make your workspace more efficient.

  1. Cubicle KeeperIf you have a fabric wall or board, use this to hang ongoing projects, schedules, and tasks. For instance, I am currently working on color combinations for new products. So on my board, I have paper swatches pinned up. This way, I am able to change them daily and see which color combinations work best together. Next to the swatches is a current listing of new products, so that I always have a reminder of what I need to strive for. Since I access the list daily, it is kept in a Cubicle Keeper, allowing for quick, easy changes when needed.
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What to do with all those papers?

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Last week, I introduced you to my favorite office products to keep myself organized. I hope you were able to incorporate one or some into your work routine. I promise; they will help you keeps tasks and projects in orders.

So this week, I want to share with you some tips on how to keep all those paper organized. I once heard that we would become a paperless society, but unfortunately, that does not look to be happening anytime soon. So, what do you do with all those reports, proofs, emails, notes, and memos? Here are some ideas: