Is Living Out Of Your Car Making You Less Productive?

Is Living Out Of Your Car Making You Less Productive?

If you’re a consultant, sales rep or any professional who spends a lot of time on the road, you probably have your entire life in your car. A change of clothes, a few pairs of shoes, bottled water, four unwashed travel mugs and empty food wrappers are scattered on the floor, back seat and in the trunk.

You also keep your entire office in an overstuffed briefcase. The idea is to keep all files accessible, but nothing is more embarrassing when you’re meeting with a client than spending 10 minutes searching through unorganized paperwork for the one file that the client requested. Read More

Stop searching and just find it! Tips for making your workspace a sane space.

Stop searching and just find it! Tips for making your workspace a sane space.

On any given day, how often do you find yourself telling someone on the other end of the phone, “Hold on while I find a pen”? Or asking a colleague who is about to start a meeting, “Wait a second, I need to dig out my notepad”? Or searching for some project documentation, client information, or just your to-do list or a paper clip? Bet you’ve “lost” your cell phone or keys at least once amidst the mayhem on your desk. If you could add up every minute and second you spend searching for things you need instead of actually using them, how much time do you think would be wasted in a day? And how much of that time would be better spent on productive work so you could finish what you need to do and get on with your life?

It’s a common problem but we’ve got some ideas to help you conquer the I-can’t-find-it-itis that afflicts a typical workspace. When you see how easy it is, you’ll be amazed that you’ve done it any other way for so long. So stop searching and start organizing right now. Read More

Maintaining Your Files In a Shoebox Cubicle

Maintaining Your Files In a Shoebox Cubicle

We’ve all been there. Maybe you’re there now. You’re squeezed into Mini-Cubicle Corner in the dimly lit outer realms of the office, not far from the restrooms. With waist-high cubicle walls and just enough space on your desk for a laptop and a cup of coffee, you don’t have a file cabinet. You have a single file drawer that was overflowing after a month on the job, along with a few crusty old boxes.

Each morning, you gaze longingly from afar at the senior staff, who reside in the luxurious Penthouse Cubicles along the wall of windows. These cubicles, just a few steps from the printer and vending machines, have six-foot-high walls, extra lighting, spacious desktops, coat racks, high back chairs and massive filing cabinets that are three levels high. Read More