How to Organize your Workspace for the New Year


Get Organized for the New YearOn January 1, it’s out with the old and in with the new. But have you ever applied that to your workspace? Take a look around and we guarantee you’ll spot some fossils.

At the workplace, we accumulate items just as we do at home. But between deadlines and demanding clients, we rarely have the time to give our desks a proper clean.

This time of year gives us a chance for resolution. So why not start with something as tangible and simple as organizing your workspace?

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.

Fun DiY Ideas Using Office Supplies


It’s time to unleash your creative side and take a look at how you can create fun and handy items using office supplies! Whether its binder clips lying around, or some extra binders, we have the perfect projects to make good use of your supplies.

Cable Organizer

No more tangling and unplugging the wrong thing! All you need is a couple of foldback clips and you’ll have a group of nicely organized cables.

 

Cord Labels

Another handy way to keep your cables neat and organized is by using masking tape! Cut the tape according to the size of the label you wish to have. Simply label your tape with a marker and wrap it around the specific cord.

 

Office Planter

Who doesn’t love a couple of plants on their desk? What better way to make your pots office friendly than with a floppy disk pot cover! All you need is a hot glue gun and five disks (if you still have them lying around). This pot cover fits a 4″ plant or smaller.

 

Laptop Stand

The things you can do with foldback clips are endless! Even preventing your laptop from overheating. Just grab 4 clips and some paper and you’ve got yourself a laptop stand.

 

Headphone Organizer

We told you the possibilities are endless with these foldback clips! Keep your headphones organized and tangle-free with this easy trick.

 

Binder Recipe Book

Another simple DiY project that only requires a binder and a utility knife. Keep your recipes clean and easy to read with this easy-to-make stand.

 

Book Binding

Depending on how many holes are punched into your papers, you’ll most likely only need a couple of paper clips and elastic bands. For this specific project – two paper clips and two elastic bands were needed for a two-hole punched project.

 

The Long Lost Earring Back

If you own earrings you’ve most likely lost an earring back or two, but don’t worry! A simple trick can save the day and keep you from having to stash your favourite earrings away. All you need is a pair of scissors/utility knife and a pencil eraser!

 

Zipper Pull Tab

Another DiY fixer-upper! Don’t go replacing that zipper when all you need is a simple paperclip! You can also choose different colours of paperclips to spice up your zipper’s look.

 

Masking the Shoe Scuff

If you have a pair of black shoes that happen to have a couple scuff marks on them, don’t throw them in the back of the closet just yet! Try this handy trick using a Sharpie permanent marker.

 

Bagel-To-Go

Don’t squish that delicious bagel in a sandwich bag! Clean out a round CD case and your bagel will fit perfectly inside. Great for those company picnics!

 

Paper Clip Hearts

The perfect added touch to a personal project or a gift! Create your very own heart-shaped paper clips by using a regular paperclip and some bending skills.

 

Will you try some of these DiY projects? They are all so fun, easy and can even solve a problem or two. We would love to hear what projects you’ve tried and how well they worked for you! Let us know in the comments below.

Tricks for Remembering Names


Being able to remember a person’s name shows that the interaction you had with them was important to you. However, as there are people who have the skill of being able to remember names, others have a difficult time with it. Using strategies from this article to practice remembering names can help improve your name retention abilities:

Man Trying To Remember Names

Repeat names throughout the conversation

Repetition helps the brain form necessary connections for retaining information. Address a person’s name throughout the conversation, especially during greeting and parting.

Make mental associations

Associate a person’s name with something memorable in your world. The more bizarre the association, the more likely it is that you will remember the connection. For example, if you were to meet a person named Jay who is a music producer, you could picture a blue jay at a mixing board so that you can remember both his name and occupation.

Study names in print

Make use of name tags, it is just as important to listen as it is to read. When you are able to read a name and have a face to assign the name to, it helps imprint the connection in your memory.

Ask for clarification with difficult names

It is perfectly fine to ask someone to repeat their name for you. When the name is repeated, say it again to yourself for verification.

If you forget a name, address it head on

Try to offer any information you know about a person if you have forgotten their name. This information could be something as simple as where you had originally met. If you have an idea of what a person’s name could be, go ahead and give it a shot and ask them if you have remembered correctly. If not, then apologize – it happens to everyone!