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.

Source: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/20-awesome-diy-office-organization-ideas-that-boost-efficiency.html

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.

Source: https://simplyspaced.com/2015/09/7-ways-to-label-your-cords-and-cables/

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.

Source: https://www.brit.co/diy-floppy-disk-planters/

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.

Source: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/420945896391219139/

Headphone Organizer

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

Source: https://lifehacker.com/hang-your-headphones-anywhere-with-two-binder-clips-5942329

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.

Source: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/483574078738424666/

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.

Source: https://www.gatheringbeauty.com/blog//2016/04/diy-paperclip-trick-notebook.html

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!

Source: https://www.musely.com/tips/Quick-Fix-For-Lost-Earring-Back/1846836

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.

Source: https://godiygo.com/2018/03/26/diy-simple-paperclip-crafts/

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.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/sharpies-cola-hand-sanitiser-unlikely-13298402

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!

Source: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/171840542002210046/

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.

Source: https://www.designsponge.com/2009/02/diy-idea-heart-shaped-paper-clips.html

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!

An Agenda That Could Change Your Life?


I am just getting down to work when Andy comes barging into my office carrying a big box that is completely blocking his line of sight.

“Special delivery!” He calls out.

Suddenly, he trips over a pile of files sitting on the floor beside my desk and he – and the box – come crashing down. “Oomph.”

“Ah Andy are you okay?!” I jump out of my chair and scramble to his side to help him up, sidestepping my ‘to be shredded’ pile along with the spilled notebooks from Andy’s box on my way.

“I’m fine.” He sits up slowly, a distraught expression on his face.

His attention turns to the state of my office, and I immediately sense the judgments he’s making.

“I’m uh…re-organizing. September is a fresh start!” I explain.

Andy doesn’t look convinced. He pulls one of the notebooks that came from his large box, and opens it up. I quickly realize it isn’t a notebook, but a planner.

agenda-planner

Andy grabs a pen from my desk drawer and scribbles something in the margin next to the month of September. Then he hands it over to me.

I look down and read Andy’s neat handwriting: “September is a fresh start!”

“Now, you can remember this moment, and use it to set your goals moving forward,” Andy says with a smile.

“But I don’t need a planner, I keep everything organized on my iPhone,” I reply.

“And how often do you look back at your digital notes, months later, to assess what you’ve accomplished?” He asks. “I use my paper agenda to track my goals – both professionally and personally. It really helps me stay on track.”

Where did this Andy come from? I think to myself. Mr. Goal Chaser.

“Nothing beats a handwritten collection of your thoughts,” he says. “All the great ones did it – Charles Darwin, Thomas Jefferson, Beatrix Potter.”

I flip through the planner, noticing the weekly and monthly page spreads, with plenty of room for notes. Maybe this is just what I need. “Thanks Andy, great idea.”

“Not to mention, I figure this way, when I become famous, I can sell my planner on eBay for the big bucks!” He jokes.

We sit on my office floor, laughing loudly. “Who knows, Andy? You’re so full of surprises, it just might happen!”