#LeftHandersDay – August 13!


Barack Obama. Paul McCartney. Oprah Winfrey. Tracy from accounting. These are just a few of the great left-handers that have impacted our lives. And on August 13, we’re paying tribute to them.

Happy #LeftHandersDay

After years of struggling with scissors and can-openers, southpaws are getting the recognition and respect they deserve. It’s Left-Handers Day! And to celebrate, we’re sharing a few things that make lefties so special.

  • 13% of the world’s population is left-handed. And it’s not by random luck. Scientists believe that the trait is genetic, meaning it runs in certain families.
  • Mensa says that 20% of its brainy members are lefties.
  • Lefties are better drivers. According to one study, being left-handed makes you 10% more likely to pass your driving test on the first try.
  • Of the team of five that developed the first-ever Mac computer, 80% were left-handed.
  • If you’re left-handed, you likely earn 15% more than your right-handed peers. Studies show that this may have to do with lefties being well-suited to leadership and entrepreneurial roles.
  • Though roughly one-in-ten people are left-handed, one-quarter of Apollo astronauts were lefties.
  • According to the ancient Zuni people, left-handedness was a sign of wisdom and good luck.

What Are You Thankful For?


Happy Thanksgiving, Canada! It’s time to give thanks, and we’re here to get the ball rolling. Wondering what you’ll say this year at the table, surrounded by your most cherished family and friends?

Well, it should come as no surprise that most of us are thankful for the people in our lives, our family and friends. Clearly, we’re all thankful for those closest to us, and here at Office Plus, things are no different.

We’re thankful for you, our readers and our customers. We’re thankful to be part of so many wonderful communities across Canada. We’re thankful for local business owners. We’re thankful for the mutual support we share with all of you.

So, here comes the big question. This Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? Whether those things are big or small—and whether they involve family or just a simple seasonal pleasure—being thankful can give you a much-needed boost. See below, how incorporating gratitude into your life can help on a daily basis!

Tell us in the comments what you’re thankful for, and then go home and tell the ones you love. Because that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right? Okay, okay. It’s also about the turkey…

Tips for Organizing your Workspace


Get Organized for the New YearStop combing through the piles of paper on your desk to find that note you left for yourself last week.  Gain efficiencies and reduce stress by taking the time to organize your workspace and setup systems to keep your space organized going forward.  Here are some tips to get you started! 

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.