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As a work from home employee, most (if not all) of your work is done on your computer. This is great, since you can take your work with you, but it can also get cluttered - and fast! When downloading files, graphics and anything else you need for work, your computer can start to look stressful.
Keeping your computer organized not only helps your productivity, but it keeps your machine running efficiently.
A clean computer isn’t just for looks! When you need to locate certain files, staying organized is number one. Folders are a great way to do this, and it can be a helpful system to stay on track.
Create large folders that are more general in nature, followed by sub folders that can narrow down your search. This allows you to find everything so easily, upping productivity and eliminating frustration.
Once you no longer need a file, delete it! We often keep files for days on our desktops. This leads to clutter, stress, and simple disorganization.
Take 5-10 minutes at the end of your day to delete everything that’s no longer needed. Once your folders and files are set up correctly, you can easily slide each file into the appropriate folder. This allows you to start the next work day with a clean workspace!
Make a schedule for computer organization. Beyond the 5-10 minute daily cleanup, set aside some time each week to look into your folders and clear out any old files. These take up valuable space on your computer, bogging it down and making it harder to run.
Additionally, you may want to change up your folder or file names, or simply label them in a different way that will work better for you. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you’re setting aside some time to make these changes on a consistent basis, instead of becoming overwhelmed when it’s ignored for months.
Lastly, make it a habit of cleaning your computer. There are several programs out there for Macs or PCs that will sweep away old files, or help you to find large file that you no longer need. This will keep your computer running smoothly and free from clutter!
Although we created all of those great folders in tip number one, it won’t be as helpful if your file names are still disorganized.
When you search your computer for a specific file, you need to be able to find it! Make sure you’re taking the time to label your files everyday, and label them in a way that you will remember. It can help to include the client name, task name, the date, and/or the purpose of the file.
We hear a lot about meal planning, but how can you do it in a way that keeps to your budget? Food can be expensive, and it helps to have a few money-saving tips before going shopping.
Read along for some of our tips for meal planning on a budget.
The best thing you can do to save money is to plan. Map out each night with what you plan to make, and this will keep you on track. Purchase a wall or refrigerator calendar and simply note each meal at the beginning of the week. A bonus to this is that it can also keep you on a healthy eating schedule! When your food is planned, purchased and ready to go, you’re less likely to veer off of your plan.
Fruit and vegetables that are in season are typically less expensive, as they’re easier for the stores to get. Grocery stores have to pay more to import items that aren’t local.
To top it all off, seasonal fruits and veggies simply taste better!
By doing a simple Google search, you can find recipes that are inexpensive to make. Certain blogs are even dedicated to budget eating, so it’s not difficult to find those options. Many times, these recipes will give you a price per recipe or price per serving, which really allows you to budget accurately.
These days, inexpensive doesn’t mean unhealthy either. There are plenty of options that incorporate fruits and veggies in a budget-friendly way, such as using frozen options. They still pack a nutritional punch while being less expensive than the fresh varieties.
Even though you might schedule out your perfect week of recipes and meal planning, don’t forget about other types of eating!
You might have dinner plans with a friend, a late meeting that will provide food, or simply the desire to have takeout once in a while. To save money, factor this in! You can eliminate a few grocery store dollars when you remember that you’ll have food elsewhere.
Additionally, determine what’s reasonable for you and/or your family. If you eat larger portions, make sure to include that. If you’re often throwing food away or simply eating for one, reduce the recipe.
It’s important to really take the time to lay out your week, meal plan around this, and choose foods that are friendly to your budget. If you stick to a routine like this, you should see a major difference in your food spending!
Writing is an important part of marketing and advertising these days. Even if you aren’t doing either of these things, you might still have a personal (or business) blog, or simply want to improve your writing skills. Whatever your reason for writing, we can always improve!
If you’ve ever wanted to expand upon your writing skills for personal or professional reasons, read along for some of our top tips.
If you want to improve your writing, you have to practice! This can begin with reading others’ writing - blogs, newspapers, books and magazines, to name a few, and going from there.
It might be helpful to start your own personal blog, or a blog based on your current industry. If you don’t feel ready to publish for the world to see, write on your own time. You can create your own daily journal, or write a short story that’s updated on a weekly basis.
The more you write, the more comfortable you become. Once you’re comfortable writing, you can work to improve sentence structure, grammatical errors, and flow.
When we write our own pieces, it’s hard to disconnect. Ask a friend or family member to review your writing for errors, flow, and any other suggestions.
They can also let you know if you need to be more concise! Sometimes we get on a roll with writing, and we tend to get a bit too wordy.
To find your own style, begin by writing in a variety of ways. From standard AP style to casual blogs, it all requires some different perspectives. If you really want to improve in general, try to incorporate them all.
From here, you can discover what you like best! Discover your own style. Is it more conversational in nature? Do you enjoy technical writing? You might stumble upon a skill or career that you never knew you had!
The best writing and presentations includes telling stories. People want to relate to you, so it’s important that you incorporate details that allow them to do that. Stories are always more interesting and give your audience something to relate to.
Whether you’re writing a more “dry” piece or writing for an entertainment magazine, short stories are intriguing. You can write about the subject(s), something that happened to you, or a story from history that supports your premise.
Writing doesn’t have to be scary, nor do you have to be a professional to get started! You can create a free blog on sites such as Wordpress, and it takes almost nothing to get started - just some time.
If you have a message or story to share with the world, put yourself out there on a regular basis. This can only improve your writing, as well as keep you writing on a consistent basis.
When you write often and always look for improvement, you’re well on your way to developing more skill and accuracy as a writer!