A Dry Erase Board

dry-eraseDry erase boards can come in all different sizes and shapes and can be very useful.  They are also versatile and can be done to fit your needs. For example, you could get one with a calendar on it and write upcoming events. Another idea is to separate it into categories for your to-do list. Having a large dry erase board on your wall allows you to see all of the things that you need to do. I have a dry erase board on my wall that is about 4 feet by 3 feet. Right now I have it separated into categories with my to-do list on it. Also, it is very satisfying to go to it and erase things off it. The versatility of dry erase boards it great because while now mine is separated into categories, next week I could have one big list or make a calendar on it. The only thing limiting your choices is your imagination. Another thing you could do is use different color markers. This makes it visually more appealing while being more functional. You could have green things less urgent to complete and red items more urgent. Another thing dry erase boards are useful for is figuring out problems. For example, if you are trying to design a layout for something you can try multiple options on the board and just erase them if you don’t like them. You can just keep redoing the layout until you like it.  My dry erase board is one of my favorite and most used office accessories.

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Finding A Calendar

Having a to-do list is very important to being organized, but a good calendar is just as important. There are many different types of calendars available and which one you get depends on your preference. One option is the monthly desk top kind. This one is good because it allows you to see what you have planned all at once and quickly find upcoming events. It also has negatives. One is that the little squares may not be enough room to put all of your things that you have to do. Another type of calendar is the book or planner type. This allows you to have lots of things on each day and most even have times pre-printed. However it is difficult to find things that you have going on in the upcoming weeks. It can be hard to find a meeting that you have planned weeks in advance. No matter what type of calendar you choose, make sure you find one that works for you. Planning ahead and writing events down is essential to maintaining organization.

File the Pile!

I am sure that somewhere in your home office you have a pile of papers, and if you don’t then you are very organized. Piles will more than likely lead to you creating bigger piles. If you have piles you won’t be able to find what you are looking for in a timely manner. So when you see a pile starting to grow, go thorough it and make sure that you go through it and file the papers in the proper place. Also, while doing this you should make sure that you throw things away that you do not need. Getting rid of piles will decrease the amount of time it takes you to find stuff and increase the amount of stuff that you get done. You should try to keep file folders handy so that you will be more likely to file papers. So file the pile and you’ll save lots of time.

The Right Desk

Choosing the right desk can be very hard. There are lots of desks out there to choose from. When you go looking for a desk you need to make sure that it is the one right for you. This means that it should be the right size for you. You should be able to sit at it comfortably. You need to make sure that it fits your needs. This means that your computer tower should have a place in it, and other things like that. If you are replacing an existing desk that doesn’t work, make sure you don’t replace a bad one with another bad one. If there is something you don’t like about your old desk then you should make sure that your new desk doesn’t have those things. Make sure that the top is large enough to hold what you need (for example pen holder, monitor, etc.). Also, don’t forget to make sure it has adequate storage. This is important because you probably spend most of your time at it and getting up to get something would not be convenient. Also take into consideration, price, whether or not you will put it together, and where you are going to buy it. You may even be able to buy them online. What ever desk you choose make sure that it is right for you and will help keep you organized.

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To Do List

One of the most important thing to have in your home office is the to do list. If you use it properly it can make you save lots of time. Using a to do list tells you everything that you need to do. It allows you to pick thing things that you want to do first. It is a key to time management. It can save you lots of time, and make sure you do everything you have to do. There are many different types of to do lists. You need to choose the one that’s right for you. With a to do list you can make sure that you don’t forget to do anything.

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Why You Need a Planner

What is one of the simplest items, but will make your home office very productive? A planner. I have one that I use ALL the time. I am constantly writing in it. It will help you to keep all of your dates organized. But just having a planner will not make your dates organized. You have to properly learn to use your planner. The first way to use it properly is to actually use it. Keep it out on your desk, don’t put it in a drawer where you will forget about it. If you get a phone call you want to have it right there so you don’t need to search. Also, when your planner is out, you will use it more often because it is easier to get to. Make sure you write everything down, not only things that have to do with your business, but also your personal life. This way you won’t plan dinner with a potential client when you have already committed to go to your friend’s birthday party. When you use a planner properly it is one of the best office items you can have. They can come suit a variety of needs. Whether you need very specific or just weekly less specific, you can find the one you need.

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