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Functioning home office

Posted by Head Chiquita on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Office Tips 
Home offices need a clear work area. You need to have enough space for computer and other related equipment. You also need to ensure that you have enough work space - writing, reading and filing. Make sure that your office furniture provides ample space for work and storage.
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Labelling is key when archiving

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Office Tips 

Every home or office has loads of paperwork to deal with (despite the move to email) and every so often, you have to make space for current paper. That is why we need to archive and simply throwing it into a box isn't how it's done.

If you want to avoid wasting time looking for documents, the key to archiving is labeling the box you put it in. A blanket description is required BUT add exact descriptions as well, e.g. HR Files 2010 and thereafter, Joe Soap, Jane Doe, Cliff Ric...

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Dealing with your child's artwork

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

Dealing with children’s artwork can be a challenge – which to keep, how to store it and how long to keep it for, not to mention the guilt you feel when you throw half of it away. But let’s face it - realistically you cannot keep every little drawing or collage with macaroni stuck all over it! So I was very excited when a participant at a recent Neat Freak workshop said that she takes photographs of her children’s artwork, and only keeps a few special ones (thanks Jenni...

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Tidy up with a timer

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Kids Tips 

I have often read the recommendation of professional organisers to use a timer when tidying up. Although I understood the philosophy behind the suggestion, I wanted to put it to the test so I used it with my kids this week-end.

I told them before I even began, that I wanted to set the timer to ONLY 5 minutes to tidy up their desk and throw away used paper and 'stuff' lying around collecting dust.

So we duly set the timer and off we went with the tic-tic-tic in the backgro...

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All-important document archiving

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Office Tips 
The boring jobs seldom get done (and backing up your documents is one of those jobs). Regardless of its lack of appeal, it is essential to do electronic back-ups, so make it part of your routine. Choose a day of the month to do this and keep to it. There is nothing worse than losing all your work!
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Rise and shine

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Time Tips 

The ultimate time-saving tip is WAKE UP EARLIER, although I know there are many of us who simply hate to part from our comfy beds until we absolutely have to.

But consider that you can automatically add 30 to 60 minutes to your day by curbing your dream time. Spend this time answering emails, making dinner for the evening, exercising or doing admin work. You probably will be getting the same amount of sleep because you'll be more vigilant about watching those late-night sh...

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Balance home and work

Posted by Head Chiquita on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Time Tips 

The modern day parent works long hours and has hectic social schedules. As such, it is very important to achieve balance if you are to keep your sanity.

A few tips are to:

  • Find out if your employer will allow telecommuting for late afternoons onwards i.e. allowing you to go home and work from there. (This may not even be feasible for some but worth a consideration for others.)
  • Define time that is off limits for work. Perhaps consider making 6 - 8 pm a n...

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