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Friday, 31 May 2013

Tips For Home Office Organisation

A popular post re-posted (again) in case you missed it

Owners of successful top home based businesses know the importance of being organised and structured so that they can manage their resources efficiently for greater productivity and profitability. Some of these areas are their time, paperwork, office stationery, equipment, computer files and working area.

They also know the importance of being organized with the family and household duties as it benefits their home business, their family as well as their health and sanity! There are a variety of methods and tools readily available that can assist you to get organized too.

Time is the most valuable resource that you have so you should set out a timetable or schedule so that you can maximise the amount of work you do whilst using the least amount of time as possible. A timetable and schedule enables you to be dedicated to get everything done in a timely manner and thus you will be on top of your tasks and you will not feel as if you are overwhelmed by it all and want to give it all away!

Start by putting in all your regular commitments, your no-work times such as important family events and ensure that you put in your rest times as you need some time for yourself to unwind and be rested and refreshed too. Then put in all of the household tasks in their relevant timeslots for example the garbage is collected on Friday so on Thursday the refrigerator is cleared out whilst getting the evening meal. Now you will be able to put in your home business tasks by the time needed, deadline and importance.

If you don't know how long a particular task takes so that you can allocate a timeslot for it time yourself whilst doing it. Also look at tasks that can be done together, for example do the computer backup and virus scan whilst getting the evening meal or playing with the children.

Plan tasks too so that they can flow into others, for example Tuesday is shopping day so on Monday get the fliers done so that you can put them on the noticeboards whilst you are at the shops. Also life always likes to give us unexpected events to keep us on our toes so ensure that your schedule is flexible enough so that you can cope and be able to handle these situations much better when they occur. Constantly review, update and modify your schedule as lives are never stable and consistent.

To organize all of your bits and pieces and stationery items you can put all similar items together using various containers. There are many readily available in different sizes and colors.

Of course, if funds are tight then you could you reuse containers, jars, tins and boxes that come your way, or get them from any shop that sells such items cheaply or go to garage sales. If you are crafty then you can redecorate them.

Then label them by using a label maker or get the children busy with their creative skills to create some unique ones for you by using paper or cardboard which can then be cut to size and applied using glue or Sellotape. Once these are done you can then place these in a variety of places and ways, for example in a cupboard or on shelves depending upon what furniture and space you have.

For your paperwork you can use a variety of methods to file and organize these so that you can access all of your information readily. There are, of course, filing cabinets which is one of the best but if this is not suitable for you then get some lever arch type files or cardboard archive boxes. For the information that you need to refer to often, you can use plastic display folders.

The files on your computer also should be organized so that you can find what you need easily and quickly. Spend a little time thinking and planning this out, but don't try to get it to work perfectly straight away as you can modify the structure as you go!

Don't think of this as another huge task to be done, just do it gradually, make it fun and get the whole family involved too!

Author - Annette Cole

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Top 10 Office Products You Cant Do Without

9 Notebook.  So why not brighten up your office with one of these from Pukka?  This Case Bound Notebook has a colourful hard wearing cover and quality feint ruled paper.  

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Top 10 Office Products You Cant Be Without

8 Hole-Punch.  If your hole punch disappears when you most need it, try this lime green Easy Touch from Rexel. It'll stand out on the desk of anyone who might have "borrowed" it and delivers effortless paper punching in one easy and smooth operation. It handles up to 30 sheets and has a comfortable rubberised top handle grip. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Top 10 Office Products You Cant Be Without - Number 7

7. Labels. These Q Connect multi-purpose Labels are Bright White, self adhesive laser and copier labels, suitable for all types of laser printers and plain paper copiers. Label Size: 63.5mmx38mm - 21 labels per sheet. Superb value too!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Top 10 Office Products You Cant be Without

6. Highlighter.  The ultimate accessory for emphasising information when scanning through long documents. Stabilo is the market leader in liquid ink and these highlighters have a level indicator, extraordinary grip zone for a firm hold, 2 line widths and water based ink. Ideal for paper, copy or fax. 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Irongate partners with leading manufacturer of safety footwear

Top 10 Office Products You Can't Be Without

5. Printer
Ask Irongate for the best printer for your application. Canon's Pixma iP2702 not only represents terrific value for money but is easy top use with a 4800 x 1200dpi resolution a 2pl droplets for photo lab quality.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Top 10 Office Products You Cant Be Without

4. Stapler. Just what you need to keep those important documents together. The Rexel Gazelle Stapler is a classic, half strip ABS plastic/metal combination stapler with a unique enhanced jam-free mechanism, soft feel non-slip rubber base and integral staple remover. Sheet capacity approx 25. (For staples order RX06025). Colour - Silver/Blue.

The Top 10 Office Products You Cant Be Without

3 Permanent Marker. Everyone loves Sharpie! Pen style fine marker with a convenient pocket clip and quick drying permanent ink that writes on almost any dry surface. Fine nib gives 1.0mm line width. Fade and water resistant too.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Top 10 Office Products You Can't Be Without

2.  Rollerball Pen
Not only is the Q-Connect gel pen exceptionally comfortable to hold, it writes like a dream and is superb value too. Hang on to yours or it will disappear when your back is turned.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Top 10 Office Products You Can't Be Without

1.  Post-It Notes
And this heart shaped Post-it dispenser will ensure your vital sticky notes are easy to find.  It is refillable and means no more scrabbling around for bits of scrap paper.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

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Paper Hand Towels Proved The Best

Compelling scientific evidence is said to be continuing to mount that disposable paper hand towel systems are by far the most hygienic way for people to dry their hands in public washrooms. 

In one recent large-scale study conducted in 2012 by Eurofins-Inlab, an independent laboratory based in Germany, researchers measured micro-organisms on hand drying equipment and on floors below them in real life washrooms.

The results showed that the bacterial counts found on the surfaces of paper towel dispensers were on average 1,000 times lower than those recorded on the surfaces of jet air dryers. Meanwhile, floors tested beneath paper towel drying systems were found to have bacterial counts on average 20 times lower than the floors beneath jet air dryers. Among the bacteria recorded in the study were germs such as Staphylococci and coliforms, which can cause sickness, food poisoning, diarrhoea, skin complaints and other infections.

The findings of the Eurofins-Inlab study complement an earlier study by the University of Westminster², which found that while paper hand towels rubbed off and absorbed most of the germs on a person’s hands (up to 76%), warm air and jet dryers could increase them by up to 194%.

In addition, while paper towels captured germs, other systems blew them up to 2 metres away² into the surrounding area. The researchers also said that germs collected on the surfaces and insides of jet dryers. They concluded that paper towels dry hands efficiently, remove bacteria effectively and cause less contamination of the environment.

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Looking for Work Wear and Personal Protective Equipment?

Irongate offers a wide range of stylish, comfortable, high quality work wear and head-to-toe Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) products, that meet recognised international standards. And take advantage of our embroidery and badging service to brand your work wear. Add your company logo or personalise garments with an employee’s name.
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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Print and Marketing Health Check

You may know Irongate as a supplier of office products and print but there's much more for you in our evolving portfolio: 
To understand exactly how your company can make its print and marketing budgets go further, Irongate offers a free, no obligation health check.
We can review your current processes and activities, then make recommendations of how you can improve your organisation’s return on investment, reduce costs and improve efficiency and we can show you examples of how we are doing this for our clients right now.
We can review your:
·         Print management services
·         Document management
·         Marketing services
·         Direct mail services
·         Logistics

Friday, 3 May 2013

Office Supplies Dilemma - Local Dealer or Web-Store?

If you check out on-line its time to check-out this and see how buying from an office products dealer beats the web-stores hands down. Dealers have the features, benefits and advantage. Not to mention the added products, services and value you simply won't find on any stationery web-store.
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