Back to Work Here reminderDon't you hate working with huge files? I really hate trying to update old files, because I'll get halfway before my adult ADD kicks in. I created a PowerPoint slide called "Back to Work Here!" It helps me restart quickly.
Listen to the iPod without speakersLove listening to your iPod/phone? Tired of dealing with speakers on your desktop? Put your iPod in a glass or mug to amplify the sound. I use this both in my classroom and my home office to reduce desktop clutter.
Don't Lose Your ListI'm much more productive now that I've trained myself to keep my to-do list under my mouse pad when I leave my desk. My desk looks more organized, and I always can locate my notes quickly.
Work in a Happy PlaceMy home office used to be half of the "catch-all" room over the garage. The other half is the kiddo's playroom. Shockingly, I didn't get much accomplished there. My laptop stayed on the dining room table, since I love the natural light in that room. Recently, hubby moved out the dining room table (we never used it anyways, since we have a table in the kitchen.) I moved in my desk, office chair, printer, file cabinet, and a cheap bookcase from Craigslist, and I am happy as a clam. :)
Contact Paper = AwesomeI recovered my old file cabinet from when I began teaching in the 90's. I found a fun roll of shelf paper at Big Lots, and had a blast. If you choose to try this, make sure to remove the handles (if possible) to help you get a smooth finish.
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