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November 9, 2011

Keeping Your Office Organized

Keeping Your Office Organized

When it comes to keeping your office organized, discipline is key. Here are two tips to help you stay on track and keep your office running efficiently.

1) Centralize your thoughts and notes by using one notebook. This will help you avoid the paper clutter created from miscellaneous post-its and notes on scrap paper. It will also make it much easier for you to reference your ideas, meeting notes and messages, while allowing you to naturally keep that information organized in chronological order.

2) Set aside time for a daily wrap up to tidy up your office, review your achievements for the day and edit your to-do list for the next day. This will allow you to gather your thoughts, have a greater sense of accomplishment for the day and prepare you, and your office, for a productive morning.

Jeffrey Calandra
Designer & Professional Organizer
ocd4life, LLC
E: jeffrey@ocd4life.com
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"It's not just about organization. It's about a lifestyle. TM"

November 22, 2011

Career Transitions as Opportunities

Career Transitions as Opportunities

Why is it that so many individuals focus on what they don't have or what they're missing when it comes to looking for a job? I refer to this as the "Deficit Model" of career transitions. In this model, a person's professional vulnerabilities are foremost on their mind - common negatives such as getting laid off from a prior job, being out of the workforce for x number of years, and advanced age or "senioritis" come to mind.

Instead of fixating on your deficits, try considering yourself from a more elevated vantage point. Why not shift your focus to your career accomplishments and your expertise - who you were/are as a professional rather than someone who is currently unemployed. If you can capitalize on what you've achieved and who you are, possibilities abound: an advanced associate who took time off from her legal career to stay at home with her newborn can flaunt being President of the PTA, a prospective candidate in her early 50s becomes a wise and seasoned applicant.

Remember that career transitions, in addition to being stressful, inconvenient and often even scary, are opportunities to think about yourself and what you have to offer, to consider your skill set and find an optimum career fit. It's imperative that you focus on what you bring to the workplace, instead of the time you've been away from it. This mindset will help you to regain the confidence that should be yours given the degree of professional success you've achieved.

Ferne Traeger, MBA, LCSW
Founder/President, Beyond the Boardroom

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