Tools of the trade – a series of my office products I use. Maybe you’ll find a solution here to one of your challenges. These are products which keep me (especially) and my office organized. “Organized enough.”
1. My headphones. Why a favorite?
locks other interesting conversations: I share an office and my officemate has frequent conference calls for work.
Focus: If I need to write or create something, I can’t do it unless I have either total silence, or music of the right type. So piano music, without words, is useful, for creating and writing.
ut If I’m humming or singing along then that’s not a good match. It’s fine if I’m drowning out other conversations AND I’m doing something less intense. It turns out that for me, and other strong auditory processors, music provides focus – but it has to match the task well.
Inspiration: Music does that for me, it turns out.
They are BOSE headphones; I tried to go with a less expensive option but nothing else worked like these do. Sound proof.
And they are a signal that I’d prefer not to be interrupted …
2. Wire organizers.
Those little white hooks (by 3M) hold my “need to have nearby,” yet need to have fairly well out of sight important cables. Clutter clutters the mind …
I keep my Blackberry wire there for syncing – right next to the desktop CPU. Doesn’t mean I always remember to sync, but it increases my odds.
The other wire goes to the contraption that sits on my car visor, which allows me to be hands-free – a speaker phone of sorts. This wire is kept here because I use it a fair amount, and well, used to lose it a lot. This is “in sight” enough that it reminds me to power up occasionally.
You’ll notice these wires are near my CPU and so near US drives I use, plus the backup wire – meaning I look to this area often enough. That’s the “in sight” trick.
My wires for my Blackberry power source and other daily-use wires are connected in through my charger holder – the kind with little compartments for each of your devices.
Hmm. What’s next — maybe my Time Timer and how I use it. I love it. I have two actually. Stay tuned.