Here are some computer and office tips to keep you learning
and organized this month!

Illustration by Ben Wiseman

Illustration by Ben Wiseman

Computers make our lives oh-so-much easier, but they can be a gateway to identity theft, so:

1) install a computer security system and update it often.

2) Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders, and

3) make your passwords hard to guess combinations of letter and numbers/symbols.

Resist the urge to continually check email or voice-mail. Instead, set specific times – perhaps once in the morning, once after lunch, and once before you end the day – to do this. You can set the sender’s expectation in your signature line, saying “I check email 3 times daily. I’ll respond to your request as soon I am able.”

Reduce waste at the office. Try to generate less paper by printing less and saving more to electronic storage, such as to your computer or a flash drive. Think before you hit “print” and you’ll have less paper to deal with on your desk.

Plan for tomorrow at the end of the day. Take 15 minutes at the end of every day to create tomorrow’s to-do list. This habit of planning will give you the gift of focus, allowing you to get a jump-start the next morning. In a sense, you are creating a map for the following day.

Also check out this wonderful article “What a Messy Desk Says About You”

For some time, psychologists and other researchers have been studying how personality traits affect health and health-related choices. Not surprisingly, they have found that people blessed with innate conscientiousness, meaning that they are organized and predictable, typically eat better and live longer than people who are disorderly. They also tend to have immaculate offices. Read more here!