August 22, 2011

Office Tip – E mail management

Think!!!! Take responsibility and don’t always cc everyone – just so you are on the safe side. Someone  delegated that task to you because they trust you that you can do the job and they want to focus on different matters at hand. You are actually showing that you are not quite up to the job. Ask about a company policy surrounding e mail. If your company doesn’t have one – maybe it’s your job to get the ball rolling. […]
August 1, 2011

Suspensio Filing, Manila Folders and Clear Tabs

As promised, a couple of weeks ago, I am going to go a bit more into detail about the different types of office infrastructure = stationery. Let’s start with Suspension Filing, Manila Folders and Clear Tabs. One doesn’t go without the other, meaning, the Hanging File does stay in the drawer and is labelled with Clear Tabs. Manila Folders act as sub dividers and are the part you take out. Suspension Filing is perfect for people, a colleague of mine […]
July 7, 2011

THINK about your filing infrastructure

Filing infrastructure are the containers and gadgets that contain files and things. See below for a couple of ideas (and I am sure you’ll find more at Officeworks) Most of my customers inherit a filing cabinet from somewhere and start using it, never asking themselves whether it’s the right system for their personality and their type of files. Ask yourself whether you are a “chucker” or a “tucker”. Chuckers love suspension filing, just open a drawer and fling it in. […]
June 29, 2011

Filing is about retrieving

I have been asked by a big international Company to talk to their staff about an organised office and ideas how to achieve is. And because it’s corporate, they want as much information up front as possible, but don’t have much time, which means you come up with one liners. My answer always is, whether corporate or residential: Filing is about retrieving. If you just want to put something away, consider the bin. If you know you will never need […]
June 8, 2011

how to file receipts on the go

Once you have made your decision what to keep. Here is an idea how: They are small business card boxes made out of plastic from Officeworks. Have one for your tax deductible business receipts, one for the stuff you spent with your volunteer jobs or your household. You can even create small dividers out of palm cards to have more than one category in a sachet. Always carry them in your handbag, so you can file as soon as you […]
May 16, 2011

Time MISS- management

I am part of a US based Professional Organiser group on Facebook. Organising is huge over there, and there is a lot going on in this group. And because I somehow told Facebook to send me an e mail every time someone in this group posts something (and I am too stupid to find the button to change this) I was part of a very lively discussion last week about :”what NOT to do in time management” All a bit […]
May 7, 2011

Sort your fridge

Did you know it takes just 7 min to sort and clean one shelf in the fridge? So don’t be scared of your fridge. It helps when you have some categories going on in the fridge; label your shelves so everyone in the family knows. For example, Top shelf: mine is the meat chiller – and I store chocolates there in a separate container First shelf: all condiments, opened food, leftovers Second shelf: breakfast and sandwich ingredients Third shelf: bottles […]
April 3, 2011

Meal planning

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January 21, 2011

Back to School

Now that we are on the tail end of the school holidays (as you might have guessed by the amount of sibling fighting going on in your house), here are a couple of points I find/found helpful over the years: Don’t buy the school uniform too early. When I helped at my kid’s primary school at Orientation day in October, I couldn’t believe how many parents bought every item available, even winter clothes. Kids can grow considerably in three months. […]