I hate manilla folders

I know it may seem like a strong reaction to something so innocuous but manilla folders, to me, are insidious enough that I really, really don’t like them. I’m an office products geek – I’m proud of that, too. I write with nice pens, I use quality paper, I like my office to be setup so that I don’t have think about where something is when I need it. Consequently, I don’t use manilla folders. “Come on, now”, you may be saying to yourself, “Are they really THAT bad?”  Yes, they are.   They rip. They look dirty. They look used (and many times they are – over and over again). They all look the same. Oh sure, I can use color file labels to delineate them but that’s treating a symptom, not providing a cure. I need folders – I not only use them for filing but I use them as the presentation folder for handouts and I can tell you that I absolutely, unequivocally love Ultimate Office’s PocketFile™ Project Files.   $19.95 for 25 multi-color pocket folders that I can re-use, clean with a window cleaner between uses, visibly see what’s in the folder and make a statement with my own presentations is well worth every dime.  (My first packet of pocket folders has lasted me 3 years and that’s with several office moves, a few home transitions and every day use.) The multi-color isn’t just pretty, it’s functional for filing – whether you’re analytical or creative (translated to organized or messy)  – you still understand color and the fact that the folders are clear allows me –...

All in a Day’s Work

An office is much like a relationship — demanding, changing, challenging — the information flow never seems to stop:  paper in/paper out, filing, email, phone, fax.  And, that goes for a business office or a home office. I’ve worked in fast paced offices and am now very thankful to be working out of a home office but I’ve maintained my habit of declutter and organization and I think it is especially important from a home office.   Why?  Well, I don’t want to file socks in a client’s business folder or have the dog eat my proposal.  But, the real reason (at least for me)  is because there is no physical separation from home and home office.  You can be in a room dedicated to your business but it is still in your home, so the essential thing is to be organized and not cluttered and to really simplify the process.  I learned to simplify when working at a management consulting firm in NYC and I’ve brought those habits to my home office (minus the commute).   It really is about working smarter and saving some time for yourself. So here are a couple of  things that have saved me from filing socks and saving business proposals from the jaws of my chihuahua: FILING I hate to file but I’ve learned that I have to there’s no way around it.  I use Off-The-Desk-Organizers, Portafile Boxes and PocketFiles for closed projects, receipts, and just about everything else.  I can easily label the boxes and put them into my shelving unit.  Both products are durable and they can be wiped down. PRIORITIZE Time management...
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