Build a favorite items list

online orderingBuild a favorite items list at your online office supply site, and use it

Most of us are creatures of habit. We always buy the same things.

The same paper, the same pens, the same ink, the same toner, the same calendars, the same cards.

You get the point.

Full disclosure – office supply stores are some of my favorite places to wander around. I think it is the way some women feel about shoe shopping. However, I can spend a long time wandering, and I usually don’t have time for that – especially if I am going to the store because I have run out of something I need right away! (Yes, even I sometimes run out of stuff.)

So, I do most of my ordering of supplies online.

Every single site I use has a feature that lets you build your list of favorite items. Which makes reordering stuff very quick and easy.

I don’t want to search the website for the specific paper I prefer every time I go to the website!

I want to get on, place my order, pay for it, and get off!

 

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Try meeting by video conference

video conferenceTry meeting by phone or Skype or video conference vs. in person

A client was nearly tearing her hair out during a private scheduling workshop for her team.

The problem was (she said) she had several different contractors/consultants she was managing and when she needed to meet with them, she was driving all over the area, spending huge chunks of time in traffic rather than working.

Even if she stacked those meetings on one day, she would still spend nearly half of the day driving from one place to the other.

I looked at her and asked why she wasn’t using one of the video conferencing tools available for those face to face meetings. (You know that moment when you realize someone else just had a light bulb go off? This was one of those moments, and her expression was too funny for words.)

I know she needed to actually meet with them in person occasionally, but for the bulk of the other meetings, video conference would work just fine.

And it would give her back that half day, not to mention eliminate the stress of the traffic.

 

 

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Order office supplies online

office suppliesI love going to the office supply store.

OK, I am strange, but I know I’m not the only one.

Where others love wandering through the mall window shopping the newest fashions, I love wandering through the office supply store looking at all the cool tools and supplies available.

However, wandering through the office supply store is NOT a great use of my most productive time. So, I have created various favorite supply lists on my store’s website.

When I need to replace something I’ve run out of, it only takes a moment to order it online. And then they deliver it right to my door!

This also helps me keep my budget in line, I must admit.

I do drop into the store just to wander around from time to time (and always find something I really need), but for the bulk of my purchases, I order online. Saves me time, saves me money – how cool is that?

 

 

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Set up your work space to work!

workspaceI have a theory.

Your work space is either set up in such a way as to invite you in and support you in what you are doing, or it is somewhere else on the spectrum up to and including compelling you to run screaming from the building!

It has been documented that many of us will spend at least one hour a day looking for things.

If you set up your office (or wherever you work) to work FOR you (rather than AGAINST you), you can eliminate most of that time.

What you need will be where you need it when you need it.

Please note, this does NOT mean a huge amorphous pile on your desk! You may be able to reach into the pile and pull out just the piece of paper you are looking for, but if anyone else touches the pile (or if gravity attacks and the pile cascades over) you are in real trouble.

Take some time to figure out what you need for your space to be truly functional, and make a plan to get your space in shape. (Hint: There are people who will help with this. You don’t have to do it on your own.)

 

 

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Do regular computer backups

computer backupYou only need to have your hard drive crash once to realize how much time and sanity you will save if you set your computer up for regular backups.

Trust me on this – don’t wait till it’s too late!

It doesn’t matter if you use an external hard drive or an online service – get it set up and let it run.

 

 

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