This is the first post in my series Office Diaries. Many of us work many hours in our offices and it definitely takes up a lot of time in my life. I have decided to “write what I know.” Enjoy the thoughts that pop into my head throughout the work day.
Scheduling is a huge part of my job. I create long project schedules, daily meeting schedules, monthly status meetings, and quick timelines. I have to be organized, or I will drown in last-minute tasks.
My issue with scheduling is that I have to do everything digitally and on paper. I like to have my digital calendar full of all my meetings, but for my project calendars I rely on written out calendars.
I originally write my schedules on my computer but then I like to take the time to write it out by hand. I think this is reminiscent of high school when day planners were all the rage. Am I doubling the work? It does help me to remember specific dates, and visualize what it is that I actually have to do. Maybe the next generation will be 100% digital, but I still like some things on paper.
What do you like to do? Are you all digital all the time, or do you like to take notes, make calendars, and lists by hand?
Calendar template from TheTomKatStudio as recommended by A Denver Home Companion.
I am a big fan of changing my desktop wallpaper frequently to reflect my mood.
Herman Miller recently posted 10 beautiful, geometric vintage inspired wallpapers for free. They include both desktop and iPhone-iPad wallpapers. I have been an admirer of Herman Miller for a while and I am always in love with their sophistication and class no matter what they are creating.
Go to Weaving Community to download!
When chipotle flavored food first came out, I figured it was a fad…then I tried it. I am a HUGE fan of all things chipotle flavored, and a firm believer that it makes any meal delicious. A few weeks ago we had our friends for dinner and I made fish tacos with chioptle sauce. I found the simplest recipe and was eager to try it on another meal.
Tonight I made shrimp tacos. I know, not too different from fish tacos but the shrimp was much tastier with the sauce than the tilapia.
To make this quick and easy chipotle sauce all you need is:
- plain greek yogurt nonfat (1 cup)
- chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (I use 3)
- mayonnaise (2 tbps)
Mix it all together and be sure to chill for 30 minutes. The original recipe I found did not say to use greek yogurt, but they did call for you to thicken the yogurt.
It was so delicious on the shrimp. I served the tacos with roasted corn and butter beans. To make the tacos I first put the sauce directly on the warmed tortilla and then topped with shrimp, cabbage, queso fresco, cilantro and red onions.
Don’t think so Lucille!
No matter where you work you need to be comfortable and feel inspired. I try to keep my office personal and reflect my personality… after all, I am here more than my own bedroom! Here are some tips to personalize your work space. Hopefully, these work for both cubes and private offices.
Tip #1: Put up items that say “me!”
Create a board that you can switch out items quickly and easily. My board has the typical office stuff on it (phone list, project calendars), but it also has personal items that reflect what I like at that moment. The fun things on my board that I move around are photos of friends, this year’s Christmas card and fun map of Denver from January Jones.
Tip #2 – Make friends with your light!
Lighting is key. If you can use natural light, I highly recommend it. If you can’t, brighten up your space with fun lamps and lamp shades. This little gem was only $10 at Target.
Tip # 3 – Buy a great calendar!
Everyone needs one no matter what they look like, you might as well get a good one. I have been in love with the calendars from Cavallini & Co. since I was first married. Their calendars are printed on great stock and look like a piece of art on your wall. I have rotated out birds, ocean creatures, and vintage Italian posters. This year my choice was vintage advertising. This is by far the best one. When the year is done, you can also frame or hang up the prints by just removing the calendar portion.
Tip #4 – Stay organized!
Organization helps give you peace of mind. For me, I need to make sure that what isn’t organized is tucked away. I use this little cabinet to store old jobs and the little cubby holds my gym bag. This is also what is behind my monitor so I added some non-organization elements that I would like to look at it (picture of friends & a globe).
Tip #5 – Get comfortable!
It’s true that if I am sitting at my desk, my shoes are probably off. I know not everyone can do it. Do what you can to make sure you are comfortable. Make sure to surround yourself with ergonomic items.
What tips do you have to make your work space a little more pleasant?
We’re setting record temperatures here in Denver. Bryan and I have been trying our best to stay out of the heat, which actually happens to be IN the house. We spent some time outside eating dinner with our friends Shawn and McKenna before our double date.
Are you staying cool this summer? How do you beat the heat?
The little sweeties are trying their best to stay cool. Every evening they just seem too tired to move. Lucille started to use Buster as a pillow.