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6
Oct
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Get SPACE

More SPACE, we all need it and want it but how do we get it in the work place?  Read more »

4
Aug
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Rock-Paper-Scissors

Back-to-school blogging has left me feeling nostalgic. It’s likely the reason that while prepping for this entry I reminisced about the game Rock-Paper-Scissors.  During my early school years this was the way we kids decided pretty much everything.  Read more »

28
Jul
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BTS Banter

Just as you were starting to get a handle on the summer routine, Back To School time has peered around the corner.  Read more »

17
Jun
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A Memo From The Office Fridge

Stop, just stop! It’s too much! You open me, you close me. You love me, you leave me. You steal Joe’s yogurt and I’m stuck with the blame while my door is slammed. Read more »

7
Mar
The Most Brains Wins

Most Brains Win

by Verne Harnish, The “Growth Guy”

 

What do Google, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, eBay and Wikipedia have in common?

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6
Nov

Holiday Shopping Guide

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Have you already started pulling your hair out over holiday shopping AND shipping? We can totally commiserate with you here at ReStockIt. Not only do we have to make sure our customers get their orders in time, but we all have to make sure our families get their packages too! Here are some helpful tips to get you and your business on the right track for holiday shipping!

  1. Let your delivery driver know your game plan: No matter which carrier you use, let them know if your hours are changing or how much volume you expect to ship out. A forewarned driver is a prepared driver.
  2. Make sure packages are ready at pick-up time: Drivers want to go home too, so if you’re ill-prepared for them, you’ll put a kink in their day. It’s the holidays! There should be no kinks!
  3. Package protection: UPS, FedEx, USPS…they are all kicked in high gear during this time of year. They are pushing packages through sorting facilities and hubs like they are going out of style-so if one of your packages gets dropped…then kicked…then finally picked up, you have peace of mind knowing you packed it like it was Fort Knox in a box.
  4. Organization and you: Let’s face it. You probably use multiple carriers. Eh, it happens. Make sure you have your packages organized by carrier, placed where they need to be, and are ready to go.
  5. Don’t Stress! This is a no-brainer. Holidays are busy times, and we all tend to start pulling our hair out by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, but if you plan now, you can avoid the stress of making sure your customer, and you, are stress-free for the holidays.

For your sanity, we have included some links for shipping calendars from the Big Three Carriers.

https://www.usps.com/shippingdates/

http://www.fedex.com/us/services/pdf/HolidaySchedule.pdf

http://compass.ups.com/ups-holiday-calendar/?WT.mc_id=resources/ship/holiday-shipping.html__Compass_US_en_Article_Calendar

 

Terry

11
Dec

Organizing…Everything!

I have been very open in my obsession with organizing. I’ve blogged many times about it, and I wonder sometimes if I’m not getting worse. Regardless, my life is not complete if I don’t organize. I feel like something is missing, like I’ve left the stove on or something. The holidays are no different.  I organize them down to the nth degree.

I also put together my new household notebook in December as well. Yes, we live in a digital age, and I do have spreadsheets and planners and budgets saved to the computer and my calendar, but I grew up when paper was king and the chief form of communication. Plus I really like a cute 3-ring binder. It’s just easier to grab and jot a note.

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I divide my binder into sections, using full-sheet tabbed dividers, and incorporate things like Household Chores, Food, Schedules, etc. That way not only I know what I’m doing, but my husband knows as well. I’ve tried putting dates and to-do’s in his phone calendar, but I don’t think he pays much attention to it. His phone usage consists of texting, IMDB searches, and video games.

I also have a pencil pouch, so that I can keep different colored pens and highlighters in there, because I have to make organizing fun, or else it doesn’t get done. And I need to be organized. Otherwise I’m like a dog, easily distracted by something shiny. And it’s not as hard as it sounds to keep a household notebook. You can keep a small one, or carry around a big one. I also keep sticky notes with me, and at the end of the night, just before bed, I jot everything down into the binder that I’ve written on the sticky notes! Simple, organized, and keeps my sanity!

Terry

13
Nov

Smead and Organizing Tips

It’s no secret that I love to organize. My desk at work, my desk at home, my drawers, my car…I’m just organized. Well, it’s more like I have an addiction to organizers and files…it’s sad, really. I’m always looking for better, smarter ways to organize. Then someone pointed out to me Smead’s website. And they created a monster.

Smead products are awesome, first off. I use a lot of them on a daily basis, and they never let me down. I never realized their website would be just like their products – useful and amazing! They have so many options on the site to help you get organized! I never knew, and am very excited about it.

They have an Organomics calculator which can calculate what you or your company loses due to disorganization, including lost wages, lost sales opportunities, and document replacement, along with other instances where you can lose money because you’re not organized. I used it and it floored me!

Also, they have a forum where you can share ideas and get updates with other organization fiends, and My Organomics which creates a personalized solution based on projects, meetings, and to-do items. This was really cool. They also have one for Team Organomics for your work to make your workplace more efficient.

One of my favorite parts of the site though was the One Minute Answers section, which gives tips and ideas  based on what you’re organizing, whether its home or office. The BEST part though is their Solutions page, which gives you wonderful ideas on whether its work related, home office, or you can even narrow it down by problems, like lack of space, color coding, or project management. You really should check out the site, because even for someone like me who thought she was organized, it showed that I’m not as organized as I could be.

17
Jul

When you see the School Supplies display…

You know that summer is half way over. Or you realize that retailers are an overzealous lot. Stores are filled with big yellow displays full of pencils, pens, pads, protractors, small refrigerators and computers. Almost anything in a store can be considered a back-to-school supply, especially when you take college kids into account. I love this time of the year! It’s so exciting and even if your student isn’t too thrilled with the thought of inking Shakespearean quotes into their composition notebooks, or pondering the Pythagorean Theorem in their Trapper Keepers, they still want you to buy them all the cool stuff for school.

When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for school supply shopping. Back then, there weren’t a lot of displays to poke through, or eye-catching bins right as you walk in the door to trip over, but I still loved walking down the office supply aisle at Zayre (that’s an old name for you) or Kmart, being so careful to pick out the coolest pen (Papermate, blue) or pencil (Huskies), college-ruled paper, and the biggest, fanciest Trapper Keeper that was made. Even then, I had an obsession with keeping things organized.

Now, when I walk into a store with my 14 year old, I am absolutely astounded at what is available for kids to take to school. And frankly, I am smitten with the fact that schools send around to the retailers what they require for the kids to have on the first day. That’s such a brilliant idea. Granted, I usually have to take out a small loan on the house every July just to outfit him for school, between clothes, shoes, accessories and of course supplies, but I’m just as excited about it as he is! Locker mirrors and organizers, book jackets in bright colors and patterns (I used brown paper bags from the grocery store…not fair), backpacks with shoulder pads…the list just goes on. I think this time however, I’m going to pick up some cool supplies for myself as well! Happy shopping!

18
Apr

The Procrastination Paradox and How to Beat It

The main cause of procrastination comes from a failure to clearly define goals. Without knowing exactly how to reach your goals we hesitate to take action. From now on, write them down in a daily planner. Why a daily planner? Because in order to beat procrastination you’ll need the inspiration that comes from seeing yourself get closer to your goals every day. When you write down your goals and tasks, you strengthen your commitment to do them. Also, a physical planner is faster to reference and harder to avoid than a typed task list. ReStockIt.com has a variety of organizational supplies that serve the same purpose and may better fit your lifestyle.

Get a daily planner and keep it with you at all times. On your bedside table, put your planner on top of your cell phone at night, so you cannot avoid running into it in the morning. Look forward to the reward of checking your tasks off of the list. Over time, the daily planner will fill up with completed tasks and will become an inspirational feel-good charm that can help you overcome feelings of procrastination in the future. Make sure you reward yourself accordingly so that you start having positive feelings about your workload. Perhaps a fancy pen?

I found an article by Real Simple Magazine about procrastination that caught my eye. A week later, when I got around to reading it, I found it most helpful! Then again, I hadn’t written about it in my planner. You can also learn more about office organization methods on the ReStockIt.com website.

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