Office Productivity

5 Workplace Hacks for the Office

Sometimes the smallest things can make our lives much easier. With simple items that might be lying around, we can transform a cluttered workspace into a place where we can flourish. Here are 5 workplace hacks that offer some extra organization and productivity to your space. 

 

 

Hack #1: Lego Holders

Cords are messy, and with all of our chargers laying around it can make for a clutter zone on our desks. Legos are a perfect (and fun!) solution to hold those pesky cords and keep them from taking up precious space. Most desks have a circular cut-out area for cords to be more accessible. Try placing the Lego friends by these holes to have easy access to your chargers when it is time to use them. Your inner child will thank you for this hack.

 

Hack #2: Other uses for Binder Clips

Binder clips may be among the most common items you will find laying around the office, but there are more uses for the clips besides keeping your papers nice and neat. One of the best things you can do with binder clips is clip to them around your workspace to hold everyday work items like rubber bands and pens. Another great trick with binder clips is using them to fix your keyboard if the stand is broken! Also, if you need to make a quick stand to hold your cell phone, look no further than a trusty binder clip.

Hack #3: Bread Tag Labels

Chances are, at the bottom of our desks near our power strip we will find a tangled mess of cords. There is also a good chance that we are using almost every single socket on our power strip. It can be confusing to know which cable runs where, and what is safe to unplug. With simple bread tag labels, we will know know exactly what each cord is and never have to worry about unplugging our desktop computer when we meant to unplug our laptop charger!

 

 

Hack #4: Keyboard Cleaners

Unfortunately, our keyboards can get really dirty really fast, and we might not think to clean them or even know the proper way how. One of the easiest ways we can clean our keyboards is with some scotch tape. By sliding a strip between the rows on our keyboards, the adhesive side of the tape will automatically pick up things like computer dust and crumbs. Other useful items to clean keyboards include Post-It Notes and Q-Tips.

 

Hack #5: Cereal Box Dividers

Before you recycle that next box of cereal, you may find some uses for it at your office! By keeping your cereal boxes, you can turn them into a storage bin for your items or even dividers for your desk drawers. This is the perfect inexpensive solution for stashing all of your desk drawer items and keeping them organized. Here is a handy guide on how you can make the cereal box dividers.

Do you have any hacks that makes your life easier at work? We would love to hear about them! 

Why to Take Your Lunch Break & 5 Ways to Use It

It has become increasingly apparent around many workplaces that lunch breaks are becoming shorter, and in some places even non-existent. While you may be extremely busy and it might be tempting to forgo lunch, doing so could be a big mistake. Skipping out on lunch altogether can be detrimental to your productivity and mood for the rest of the day. By taking a lunch break and other small breaks throughout the day, you will be able to concentrate much more effectively. Here are 5 things you can do on your next lunch break to make the most of it.

#1: Eat!

While this may be obvious to some, other busy people might forget the true purpose of a lunch break – to eat and give our bodies the proper nutrition they need. Fish, nuts, avocados, blueberries, carrots, and whole grains are terrific brain-powering foods your body will thank you for. It is also important not to simply shovel down food at your desk. First, this risks getting crumbs in inopportune places, such as your keyboard. It also doesn’t provide much of a mental break if you are staring at your computer monitor while you eat. 

#2: Go Enjoy Nature 

It may be tempting always to go to your favorite spot downtown for lunch, but doing so might cause unwanted stress by throwing in burdens like traffic and crowds. Try bringing a lunch to a park or your favorite nature spot to truly refresh your perspective and attention span. When it is nice outside, you will likely appreciate getting to spend some of your day in the beautiful outdoors.

#3: Relax

It’s hard not to think constantly of a mental checklist and what we need to be doing at all times. Make a lunch break easy on yourself – take some deep breaths to relax, and let your worries go for a while. By putting yourself in calm state, you’ll be refreshed and find it much easier to focus on tasks at hand when you return.

#4: Errands 

Some of us are very quick eaters. If you have a full hour for lunch and find extra time on your hands, there are many ways to use that time to your advantage. For example, it can be a perfect time to run errands that you might not have time for in the morning or evenings, such as going to the post office or the bank. Crossing errands off your list will also give you a great feeling of accomplishment.

#5: Break Away from the Routine 

Be spontaneous and mix it up! By trying out new places and activities on breaks, you might enjoy a thrill of spontaneity that has been missing from your workday. Seize the opportunity to enjoy those moments – the rest of your workday will thank you!

Sources:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3027496/work-smart/8-reasons-why-you-should-definitely-take-that-lunch-break

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/09/16/16-things-you-should-do-on-your-lunch-break-every-day/2/