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Lap Desk – Favorite Productivity Tool

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
July 27th, 2017

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One of my very favorite productivity tools is a lap desk, but not just any lap desk, a lap desk with a cup holder and a penholder. It is a multifunctional accessory that provides increased productivity while keeping you and your computer healthier!

The cup holder can hold a variety of items from a drink to paper clips. The penholder, when it has a raised rim, keeps you computer from sliding towards you if the lap desk is angled on your lap.

First let’s talk about “health” benefits. If your computer is sitting on your bed or on your lap, the computer fan will pull in lint from your bedding and your jeans. This lint or dust disperses throughout the inside of you computer creating havoc on your computer, leading to hardware failure.

Now let’s talk about your health! When a computer is on a desk, not your lap, your arms are raised to desk height. This non-natural position puts your wrists and arms at risk for strain problems. Plus you can’t type as fast with your arms raised, hence making you less productive. Ideally you want your computer on your lap, on a lap desk.

The location of where you sit in a room also plays a factor in the health of your eyes as well as with your productivity. With a lap desk you can choose where to sit. You’ll want to choose a spot that meets certain criteria. Choose a location that allows you to easily gaze further away, like out a window or a doorway. If you don’t, your eyes will be limited to focusing on close up objects, creating eyestrain. Gazing in the distance reduces eyestrain.

Having the opportunity to gaze further away will also increase your productivity. First, it enables you to think creatively and problem solve. By looking off into the distance, you can let your mind drift and think. Here’s a perfect example of how NOT to think creatively or problem solve. Take an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper. Place the paper 12 inches in front of your face. Now try to think creatively. Take the paper away, look out the window, and now try to think creatively. You should see the difference.

The ideal location to sit should also have a solid wall or walls behind you. You don’t want doorways, openings, or windows behind you. All “openings” should be in your peripheral
vision. This will provide a sense of ease that someone isn’t watching over you or coming into the room unexpectedly.

Additionally, a lap desk is great to pull out when you’re a passenger in a car or parked when you’re the driver. It’s an ideal place to spread out lunch or dinner on the go; when doing work on your computer; or when in need of a flat work surface.

Last but not least, a lap desk with a cup holder also comes in handy when painting your nails. The flat surface is great for painting and the cup holder is ideal to place the polish in.

I must admit I have three of the same lap desks, just in different colors. I keep one at home, one at my office, and one in my car. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% of coupon (coupon link is on Hobby Lobby home page).

Happy lap-desk-using!

Diane

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Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Location Tracker

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
June 25th, 2014

Never lose your keys or wallet again! Stick these Bluetooth® trackers to keys, luggage, electronics and more, andfind_your_stuff use the free Stick-N-Find app to find, track and, get alerts of your items, all from your smartphone. The Stick-N-Find product is a personal tracking device from Smead that works with iOS smartphones, tablets, and select Android devices supporting Bluetooth Low Energy. The App allows you to perform four great functions to aid you in tracking, monitoring, and retrieving personal items.

Use the free Radar app to track up to 20 items at once within 150 foot range and locate lost items with your smartphone. Virtual Leash function alerts you if an object moves out of selected range. Find It alerts give you notifications if an object comes within a selected range. Stick-N-Find stickers have a buzzer and light, so you can find stuff in the dark. Trackers are about the size of a quarter, so you can stick them just about anywhere. When you use Stick-N-Find, your items are never far away.

Compatibility: iOS devices with Bluetooth® 4.0 (iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, iPad 3 & 4, iPad Mini, iPod Touch 5th Generation, Samsung S3, S4, Note 2 and Note 3).

Happy tracking!
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Get Organized Month on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
January 22nd, 2013

It’s the New Year and it is also Get Organized Month, or GO Month. This is the time of year to keep those promises of getting organized and simplifying. Today on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show I shared with news anchor Eve Tannery and Channel 69 viewers ways to get organized:

Upcoming Seminars to Get Organized

Organize & Simplify Your “Life Data”

Share Documents & Photos Over Multiple Computers, Phones, and Tablets for Free!

Automatically Backup You Computer Files & Photos

Lego Organizers – Cool Ones on the Market  

  Sort and Store Lego Pieces & Bricks

  3-Drawer Lego Storage Unit

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How to Automatically Back Up Your Computer

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
January 22nd, 2013

If you wish a little “elf” would come back up you computer files every day, look no more. For as low as $59 a year that little “elf” will back up you computer almost every time you turn your computer on. You don’t even need to remind the “elf.”

The “elf’s” name is Carbonite. Carbonite protects all of your irreplaceable computer files. It works both on a Mac and PC. You can rest easy knowing your files are encrypted and backed up safely offsite. Try Carbonite for free and receive a $20 Amazon gift card when you subscribe.

Just last week the power cord to my business computer, stopped working. It was a cord that had to be special ordered and wouldn’t arrive for 2 days (the cord was coming across the country but I did pay extra for express shipping). I had no fear, Carbonite was here.

While waiting for the cord to arrive, I logged onto another business computer and downloaded the database to keep our business up and running. Downloading the file was a quick and simple. I logged onto my account at Carbonite on the web, clicked the icon of the computer that was on hiatus (I have 3 computers backed up by Carbonite). I then browsed to the backup file that I needed. Next, I downloaded the file to the computer I was going to temporarily use. Simple, as simple could be!

All my best, 

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Simplify & Organize Your Life Data: at your fingertips anytime, anywhere

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
January 22nd, 2013

Today’s technology has provided us with information and data overload. Not only are we overloaded with data but we need the information at our fingertips. We are inundated with login names and passwords as well as the web addresses for banks, credit cards, retail stores, utility suppliers, medical offices, schools, colleges, the IRS, and the list goes on and keeps growing.

Coupon Code: 69News

Coupon Code: 69News

Beyond login and passwords we also need easy access to our identification numbers such as driver license, social security number, medical insurance, car insurance, school and work ID’s, etc. It isn’t possible for one person to remember all of this information. To compile the problem, the information needed is multiple by the number of people in your family. If you have five people in your house like I do, the amount of information is five times as much.

I rarely go to my wallet or file folder to retrieve information. Instead I open up a file on my computer, login and access the needed information whether it is a password, account number, web address, or the social security number of one of my children. If I am completing an electronic document, I just copy and paste the needed information right into the electronic form. If it is a piece of paper I am filling out, I just jot down the information with little effort. Storing all my information in one place has saved me so much time and stress. I can’t imagine doing it any other way.

I searched a long time to find the right piece of software to organize my family’s data. Security, simplicity, and mobility were my top priorities. I wanted tight security (tighter than banks) and mobility to have access whenever and wherever. I also knew that if it wasn’t simple to setup and use, I wouldn’t continue to use it.

A colleague introduced me to CBData Systems, a software to collect and store a plethora of information. CBData Systems met and exceeded my top three priorities: security, simplicity, and mobility. If you decide you would like to purchase the software, you can use the coupon code 69News for $11 off your purchase (a coupon I requested for a segment on Channel 69 News).  To learn more about CBData Systems go to www.CBDataSystems.com (CBData is also known as CareBinders).

Feel free to e-mail us at Organize@DianeAlbright.com if we can answer any questions or help get you started! 

Happy organizing!

 

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How to Share Files Over Multiple Computers for Free

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
January 22nd, 2013

Let’s go into dreamland for a minute. You’re busy working on your computer and realize the document you need is on the computer upstairs but that computer is already shutdown. You wave a magic wand and the document appears on your computer. A few days later you are out of town and discover that you need the itinerary that is on your computer at home but all you have with you is your smart phone. You wave a magic wand again; the document appears on your smart phone.

Well you don’t have to be in dreamland anymore. Share your documents and photos with all your computers and smart phones for free. No more e-mailing yourself documents and photos just to have them on another device. You can even share a single designated folder of photos and videos with grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends.

Dropbox is free for up to 2 GB of storage. Dropbox has provided a special link to to encourage existing account holders like myself to spread the news of DropboxBy using this link we each will benefit, you’ll get a little extra storage and so will I.

Downloading an app for your mobile device is also free.  Whether you have an iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, or Kindle Fire you can have access to your documents, photos, and videos on the go.

If your computer is temporarily out of service, no worries. With Dropbox you can hop on another computer and have access to all your documents, photos, and videos.

Dropbox has simplified my technology life more than I could have ever imagined! I truly can’t say enough about it. I could tell story after story of how much time and stress it has saved me. I hope you find Dropbox as useful as I do.

Happy Dropboxing!

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