So, we find ourselves at the dreaded beginning of the New Year and are thus prompted into making half hearted New Year Resolutions which we barely believe will stick with us until the end of the day! How about a change, making some resolutions for the office and the business you are working in, to galvanise some change into maybe what is a routine environment.
Review Your Equipment: This is the time to have a look at your printer, fax machine, photocopier, amongst others and see if they are still performing and meeting your business requirements. If you are looking to produce more of your own marketing material, then buying a slightly higher specification printer may be the way forward. Most major manufacturers including Oki, Xerox, HP and Dell offer excellent high end products designed to work with PC software packages to produce good results. It is also possible to buy bespoke papers and card to help you product the marketing items you are looking for.
Go Green: Well, not literally in a Hulk emulating way but maybe it is time to start turning your office into a haven of eco-friendliness by turning off appliances and lighting, recycling more paper, using both sides of the paper, recycling toners and considering using a printer with a greener slant, such as Xerox’s range of ink stick using machines. These offer no wastage or have secondary packaging to recycle.
Get Organised: There are a number of tools which are designed to help even the most discipline challenged person. These include personal organisers, calendars, desk tidies, notepads, post-it notes and diaries. All of these are aimed at making appointments and your working space a more dynamic experience on a day-to-day basis.
Drink More Water: This is one of our personal favourite tips, as staying hydrated has been proven to help the brain function properly and stop people feeling sluggish in the afternoon. Keeping plenty of water in the office is easy and can either take the form of a water machine or plenty of bottled water in the works kitchen.
Keep On Giving: Business contacts and opportunities are often born out of charitable ventures. Look at ways you can integrate your business into the community, either by allowing work experience or by offering funds or time to an organisation already set up. Some charities are delighted to receive help on computer training, creating flyers or business cards, businesses advice, etc and it will help you in return by offering a level of altruistic promotion.
Finally, look after yourself. Take this time to think about how you can organise your time more effectively, so you feel more energised and enthusiastic about your daily work. Use diaries or calendars to mark off clearly down time, so you can work towards targets, knowing you have pending time to yourself. Happy 2013 everyone!
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