"America's Got Talent." "America's Got Stuff" could be the title of a
reality-TV show starring the American people. We buy, store, sort and toss
oodles of goods, mountains of things. Even avowed minimalists probably have at
least one drawer of useless doodads hidden away somewhere.
you have any neglected items cluttering up your home? Rather than tossing, take
stock to see if they can be given new life. Clever upcycling,
http://bit.ly/NCLurr that is converting useless items into a new use
or product, makes smart environmental sense. Plus it saves money. Why empty
your wallet and clutter up a landfill by tossing items when they can be put to
Curiously Awesome Repurposing
you ever think you could enjoy summer grilling on a barbeque made out of a
discarded Altoids tin? Talk about curiously awesome! This clever repurposing
idea comes from Inhabit.com, an
unparalled resource of upcycling
projects. Click here for
more great ideas.
also like the "aha!" ideas from RealSimple.com. In New Uses for Old Things Hall of Fame, you'll
find creative ideas such as turning relics such as cassette tape cases into ear
bud holders and terrific repurposing notions like using a colander as a party
Reuse, reduce, recycle: your wallet and the
planet will thank you.
Do you have any clever ideas for repurposing
old items? Share your thoughts here
and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Has the office summer slowdown hit yet? As tempting as
it is to use summer's quiet days for long lunches and other indulgences, savvy
employees squeeze extra productivity out of the summer work lull.
When projects move to the back burner and office
colleagues decamp for vacation, use the found time to take stock of your office
and get organized for the hectic post-Labor Day pace.
Sweep: A simple clean up is the first order of business. Toss
old newspapers, magazines, coffee cups, unused office accessories and clutter
in the trash. Look around, you are more organized already!
Your Desk Drawers: Next, take time to tackle your desk
drawers, tossing unnecessary items and grouping like supplies (i.e.
post-it-notes, pens, staples) together. Something as simple as a clean,
well-organized drawer provides a sense of accomplishment. Ride that feeling as
you move on to bigger projects.
to Files: Filing is not just an end-of year chore. Move those piles
into files for greater productivity, more breathing room and a calming sense of
order. Set up a desktop file organizer for frequently used files; all other
papers need to go into archival files or be tossed.
e-clutter: Does your overflowing email box stress you out? Schedule
blocks of time each day to get through the email. Once the in-box is empty,
work to keep it that way with weekly maintenance.
Lovin': Odds are good
you spend more time in your office than just about anywhere else. Don't you
want to love it a little more? Improve your relationship with your office space
by adding personal accents. Consider a fun task lamp for your
desk: a kicky color - bright yellow, hot pink - or one with a decorative lamp
with a shade can cozy up your cube. And personalize your space with photos,
fresh flowers, wall art or an attractive throw rug. While the mood should
remain professional, a more personalized space adds up to a more welcoming work
Do you get a charge out or cleaning and
organizing your work space? How often do you take time to reorg and straighten
up? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
Hoping your resume gets a second look? Consider
building an unconventional resume to stand out from the pack. Gone are the days
when career success was easy to chart: start at the bottom and work your way
Now, the world's economy is increasingly global and
volatile. Knowledge rapidly becomes obsolete and experience often isn't as
prized as the ability to be nimble and flexible. In this economy, an
unconventional resume can trump a predictable, linear path.
Wondering what exactly constitutes an unconventional
resume? We've rounded up some eye-opening resources on the benefits of taking
the career path less traveled. Enjoy.
Has your career path been unusual? What are
the benefits (and drawbacks) to taking the road less traveled? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
Who tagged me in all the pictures from the weekend's
beach outing and other assorted festivities? Time to delete those unwanted
bathing suit photos, stat. But who has the time to untag every unflattering
photo? Any ideas for a time-saving short cut?
Not Loving My Weekend Beach Look
Dear Not Loving My Weekend Beach Look:
all have snap-happy friends who document (and post online) every minute of the
day. We feel your pain. But you are in luck; we have a solution to your online
photo woes. Check out the Pendaflex Tag Tamer: a free, user-friendly app for finding
and removing unwanted photos.
Tag Tamer streamlines the search process, letting users search for photos by
month and year as well as by others tagged in the same photo. Plus, the Pendaflex
Tag Tamer is faster, and more efficient, than the Facebook default method for
consider your unflattering beach photos history.
For more ideas on keeping your online image squeaky clean, read Home/Work: Blurring Personal and
In a crowded job market, standing apart from
the pack is a must. But there's a not so-fine line between eye-catching and
straight-up crazy. Major resume don'ts would seem obvious: skip the rainbow-hued
paper and scantily-clad photos. Yet recruiters see these glaring mistakes and
more on a regular basis, says the author of Think
Twice Before Sending That Crazy Resume!
Want to avoid resume don'ts that will sand-bag your
attempts to rise to the top of the hiring pool? Read on for mistakes to avoid.
Don'ts: Resumes should be short and sweet; but be
careful not to leave out crucial information. Hiring managers see glaring
absences as red-flags, so be sure to explain any gaps in work history. Other
advice? Skip distracting graphics, type treatments and photos.
Avoid the Top 10 Resume
This helpful punch list ticks off common pitfalls including typos and
grammatical errors, poorly worded objectives and using a generic, rather than
14 Fatal Resume Mistakes: Never
fail to send a cover letter with your resume is the number one piece of advice in
this thoughtful round-up. And
make sure the letter is well-written, addressed to the appropriate recipient
and error-free. Other useful tips? Avoid resume templates and cookie-cutter
lingo. Hiring managers, who see a kajillion resumes, will spot these shortcuts
in an instant and write you off as lazy and unimaginative.
Finally, we leave you with an amusing selection of
jaw-droppingly awful resumes mistakes to avoid: 150 Funniest Resume Mistakes, Bloopers and
Blunders Ever. We
know you'd never make these mistakes, right???
What is a major resume pitfall in your book? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
Job hunters know
that a top-notch resume is crucial in this tough job market. Ensure yours stands
out from the stack with these tips for making your resume pop.
The rise of LinkedIn and digital portfolios may have job
hunters thinking the paper resume is going the way of the mimeograph machine. Not
so, says a recent Wall Street Journal article. Paper still rules so
smart job hunters should invest in premium paper stock: old school is still
convey professionalism, so stick to classic fonts and white or cream paper
colors. But you can still amp up your attention-grabbing quotient with a
personalized QR Code, that directs users to your online digital portfolio, blog or
Be Digital Friendly
Paper is king but
digital is a close second so make sure your resume is easily uploadable,
downloadable and scannable by skipping formatting with bullets, boxes and
indenting. Pepper the resume with rich key words that pop for both computerized
searches and in-person.
are scanned by hiring managers in a nanosecond. So take time to create
eye-catching job titles. We're not talking resume inflation here which is
always a no-no, but if your title at your newsroom job was Assistant Production
Manager, consider amplifying the information with a title like Assistant
Production Manager for News Video. Now your title tells a complete story.
Ensure your resume is error-free with exhaustive proofing.
Check, check and check again; consider enlisting either a resume pro or an
eagle-eyed friend to help you out.
What makes a winning resume in your book? Do
you rely on any online resources for resume help? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
Instagram made headlines this spring
when Facebook acquired it for a jaw-dropping $1 billion
dollars. Talk about a wow factor. A billion dollars sure turns plenty of heads, but you
can make the most of your Instagram photos with considerably less cash.
We've rounded up tips for using Instagram like a pro.
So get ready to get snap happy.
Amp up your photos' wow power by learning from others:
This roundup of the top 15 Instagram users showcases people operating at their creative best. And we love seeing how inventive
some brands are with their Instagram accounts. Tiffany
& Co. shows of the exquisite artisanship
that goes into each piece of jewelry. The images of craftspeople at work are not
only lovely, they help the brand convey the message that Tiffany's high-end
prices are a small price to pay for a work or art.
How do you make the most of Instagram? What
is your most creative Instagram photo? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch obviously
never stumbled across the web site absurdlycoolfreebiefinder.com. In case the name
isn't self-evident enough, the site aggregates offers of free stuff. How
awesome is that?
The zeitgeist these days may be all Instagram, all the time, and
app this and app that. But don't forget what first made the web explode in popularity.
Yup, online shopping. Ah, the joys of skipping lines at the mall to make a
purchase with one simple click.
Why pay high prices for gas and deal with mall parking when the web
makes finding deals and steals easier than ever. Comparison shopping is a snap
with sites like PriceGrabber.com, which searches and compares prices from
popular online retailers. Sign up for alerts and never miss a great sales price
Bargain hunters will also
love Dealspl.us, which integrates social bookmaking
features that allows popular deals to rise to the top of the homepage. The site
also lets users submit and vote on favorite deals. Never again wonder what's
the hottest deal in town.
In search of a bargain in a
particular category such as clothes, tech, toys, etc? Look no further than Dealnews.com which organizes "Black Friday" style deals, every day in a variety of
categories. The easy interface and simple search function makes this site
particularly user-friendly for the casual bargain-hunter.
For more great sites, read 15 Web
Sites for Finding Deals Online. And underwrite the cost of your high-tech smart-phone with
the money you save shopping with the bargain-hunting apps found here.
What is your favorite deal-web site? How do
you save money while shopping online? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
officially here, swooping in with a blistering heat wave. We've conjured up
some cool fun for hot days with these fabulous, free ideas for making the most
Check with relatives or close friends about swapping homes for the weekend or
longer durations. Saving on hotels can free up funds for dinners out, theater
tickets or other outings. And numerous websites such as www.homeexhange.com provide
international house swaps in more than 150 countries.
high cost of travel (plane tickets, high prices at the pump) can put far-flung
travel out of reach. If budget is an issue, save travel costs by enjoying a
staycation at home. While time at home may not hold the allure of a getaway,
you can make the most of a staycation by taking a break from all technology and
chores. Put naps, books and recreation on the agenda and let work wait.
Kid Stuff: Raising children may be an
expensive undertaking but providing summer fun doesn't need to be. These fun
(and free!) activities will create a lifetime of great memories. Big brands
like Barnes & Noble and Pottery Barn offer programs encouraging summer reading;
learn more here and here. Home improvement
giants Home Depot and Lowe's offer building workshops
sure to delight young builders. Crafty kids will enjoy The Knack programs operated by national arts & crafts chain Michael's.
And culture mavens can access passes to 150 museums across the country with a program run by Bank of America. Finally, DIYers will love this creative
passport program that lets kids curate their summer travels: DIY kids' summer passport (includes free printable stamps).
Being frugal has never been this fun!
is your favorite, free summer activity? Share your thoughts here and on the
Pendaflex Facebook page.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.