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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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Brother P-Touch Compact Label Maker with Wireless Printing

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

p-touch_wireless_label_makerJust when you thought label makers couldn’t get any better, they have. Now you can print wirelessly from your computer or mobile device (compatible Apple® iOS or Android™). Think of the Brother PT-P750W label maker as a wireless printer.

Since there is no need for a keyboard on the label maker (your computer or mobile device keyboard is all you need) the PT-P750W label maker is small and compact. You can create impressive labels with various fonts from your computer, images, and even bar codes. This label maker can print on six different label widths giving you the flexibility to meet your labeling needs.

You can share this label maker/printer within a workgroup or at home on a network. Now there’s no excuse not to print labels and get organized! Click to learn more about Brother’s® compact label maker with wireless printing.

Just a side note… My favorite label tape is the P-touch gold print on black label tape.

Happy label making!
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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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Get Organized after Christmas on WFMZ-TV’s Sunrise Show

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
January 6th, 2011

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Today on WFMZ-TV’s morning news show Diane shared with viewers tips and tricks on how to regain control after the holidays. She showed how labeling your cords and cables can save you time and stress. The Simply Stylish PT-1090 Label Maker has a special cable labeling feature to make labeling quick and simple.

Diane demonstrated how to keep cords at bay or tucked against a wall or desk buy using Command cord clips by 3M. Command allows you to place the clips where you need without the worry of damaging walls or other surfaces.

Diane showed how to eliminate the cords required to recharge your electronic devices.  Powermat simplifies charging by allowing you to charge over a thousand devices with one Powemat.

Are you struggling to remove price stickers off or have you accidentally put a postage stamp or label in the wrong place? Diane showed viewers how Un-du can quickly solve your dilemma. Un-du is a temporary adhesive neutralizer for non-water based adhesive. Water based adhesives are the type you moisten to stick such as an envelope.

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If you live in close proximity to Allentown, Pennsylvania consider attending our free SOAR (Socialize, Organize, Accessorize, and Revitalize) Event on Sunday January 9, 2011 and helps us celebrate “GO Month” (Get Organized Month). This event is free to the public, but we highly recommend registering. Click, for more information.

Wishing you a happy GO Month,

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How to Stay Organized

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
November 10th, 2010

Having trouble staying organized at home or work? There may be a reason. Studies show that we use 20% of our things 80% of the time. Which means you probably can easily locate that 20% of what you have. But what about the other 80% of what you have? Since you only use those items 20% of the time, you may have difficulty remembering where you put them.

 

Just think about papers alone? Do you go back and reference 100% of the papers you have? Most likely you go back and reference only 20% of your papers. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t remember where to find 80% of the things you have but rarely use. The good news is that there is a solution!

 

So you can easily and quickly locate the 80% of what you have but don’t often use, group like items together by category, such as office supplies, and label the location (shelf, drawer, bin, etc). For instance you may want to label one shelf “Printer Supplies” or “Computer Manuals.” Labeling will not only make it easy to find items, but it will help you to return items to their designated place. This is especially important if others around you need to find and use items you have.

 

For quick and easy labeling I like using a Brother P-touch label maker. Brother offers a variety of P-touch label makers, but whichever one you select, you’ll find it simple to use. P-touch also has a large selection of laminated label tapes. You might be surprised at just how many colors and sizes there are to choose from. Black tape with gold imprinting is one of my favorites label tapes!

 

Happy labeling,

 

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