As a blogger, you know that staying organized and on top of things is the best way to be productive. Sometimes, though, things in your life can get a little messy and you do not have the time or energy to keep up with all of it. With that in mind, I would like to share with you some simple tips that have made my life much easier when it comes to getting things accomplished quickly. Here are some great ideas that you can incorporate into your life as well.
- Keep cords on your desk – I do not know about you, but the cords that connect to my computer, like the USB cord, are always trying to slither away. They end up way back behind my desk and I have to either crawl under and dig them up or strain my back trying to reach them over the edge of the desk. Finally, though, I figured out how to stop the mass exodus. Those black binder clips work well for this purpose. Just string the cord through the metal part and clip it to the edge of the desk. That way they will not fall down and they stay right where you can reach them. This only works with cords small enough to get through the clip, but it has sure saved me a lot of hassle.
- Take a picture – One thing I forget is that my cell phone has a camera. As I get older I find it more and more difficult to remember exactly what I am looking for. For example if I run out of office supplies and I go to the store to get more I end up forgetting what printer I have, what pens I use, and so forth. Now, though, I no longer have that problem. I take a picture of the product or the box or even my computer so that I always have instant access to exactly what I need. This also works great to remember where I parked in a large parking garage. Just take a picture of the lot and section number and you will never hunt for your car again. You can even take a picture of your desk drawer and you will see what you need to buy the next time you are running low.
- Make an unbreakable password – Everyone is always talking about their accounts getting hacked and losing all their data. I know I have a hard time remembering a lot of passwords so I tend to reuse the same ones over and over again. One thing you can do to make your password harder to crack, however, is to use accented letters. This is especially a good idea for iPhone owners, because we all know how easy it usually is to guess a password on there. You can also add special characters like question and exclamation marks to make it harder too. Keeping your data secure should be a high priority.
- Label power cords – I know that a lot of electricity is wasted when you do not unplug electronic devices, even when you turn them off. However I am always afraid I will unplug the wrong thing. Well, not anymore. It turns out that those pesky and useless plastic square bread ties are not so useless after all. Not only do they fit perfectly around those cords, they can also be written on and therefore make perfect labels. Using a permanent marker you can easily label and tag all your cords so you know which ones are safe to pull.
- Unplugging extension cords –When you have extension cords plugged in, especially the big thick ones, they have a tendency to come unplugged at the most inconvenient times. In order to keep that from happening I have discovered that if you tie them together and then plug them in they will stay together forever. No more losing your power with the slightest tug!
- Stop SPAM for good – I know we all get a lot of spam emails in our inbox. No matter how much we try to fight it or what email system we use, it still seems to get through. Well, there is a way to stop it. Marketing emails all have the word ‘unsubscribe’ at the bottom. All you have to do is set your spam filter to recognize that word and forward them all to your junk box! Easy and super effective in keeping your inbox clean.
- Light up the night – When the power goes out it is inevitable that I have misplaced my flashlight. That means I usually end up using my phone’s screen as a makeshift one. However, the little screen can only light up so much. To make the light more useful, all you need is a bottle of water. Place the bottle on top of your phone’s screen and watch as it magically turns into a lantern that can illuminate a much larger area. Pretty cool, huh?
- Short a screwdriver –If you have ever tried to screw in a screw with your bare hands you know how ineffective that is. But what do you do when you do not have a screwdriver on hand? Well, a couple of things might work for you. The first thing that you should try is the end of a plug. Yes, those prongs are good for more than just conducting electricity. In a pinch they can fit in a medium or large screw and tighten it right up. Another item you can use is a butter knife. The flat end works well for most screws.
- Quick mute button –I am old. I admit it. Sometimes I can’t seem to keep track of simple things like where the mute is on my computer. Other times I do not want to shut down the program I am in to get to it. I know there is probably a shortcut, but I am old school. What works best for me is the audio jack off a broken pair of headphones. I just snip off the cord and voila, instant silencer. Plug the cordless jack into the audio port and you will hear nothing.
- Right from left – I know that those ear bud things have a tiny L and R written on them, but without my glasses it is just a guessing game. Or at least it was until I figured out an easy way to tell them apart even in the dark. I tie a small knot near the left ear bud. That way I know by feel which is which, instantly.
- Travel charge –One of the things I hate about traveling is the amount of electronic junk I have to haul around. I have all kinds of stuff with me and it all needs to be plugged in, or else! Sometimes, though, you run out of ports to charge on. No worries! The television in most hotels nowadays has a USB port that works to charge your electronics. That way you can keep everything going.
- Smooth operator –I told you I was old, right? Well, this is just another sign of my old age. When I get a check (yes, they do still exist) or other document that I have to travel with that is important, I place the paper in a plastic baggie with a piece of cardboard. The cardboard keeps it nice and flat and unwrinkled while the baggie keeps it from getting wet or torn. Everything arrives just as it started: crisp, clean and smooth.
These are just a few of the ideas that help me make the most of my time and energy. Keeping things going is often the hardest part. If you can keep everything organized it will help you to have more time and energy to devote to your blogging.
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