August for us is marked by family vacation time – lazy hours on the beach or by the pool. It’s a great way to “end” a year. I am always excited for a fresh start in September. And this year there will be so many new programs I am offering. I recharge and come back all engines roaring.
Have your wallet? Don’t worry – none of these items will break your bank account. Let’s go shopping!
Top Seven Back to School Items You Need Now for Maximum Productivity
Calendar System – Planner
I plan for the next calendar year in September. That means I need a calendar system. I scribble notes and big ideas into Moleskine notebooks. Then I determine which services I want to launch when.
I am a visual person so I use Post it notes on the wall. I write down each task that needs to be accomplished on a post it note – bonus points for color coding lol – then create a timeline on the wall. I then put the dates – working backward from the deadline – into my calendar and Asana. Now it just so happens that I use an electronic calendar. And my project management system is software, so I don’t have a physical planner. But I know so many people who swear by them. I think my Moleskin takes the place of the brainstorming creativity that my friends find in planners.
By the way that’s three office supplies to have fun purchasing and planning – planner, notebook or notepad and Post it notes.
Science has shown that even one plant freshens the air and acts as a mood booster. There’s an entire industry in design now called biophilia that studies this. The best plant is one that does not need a lot of light and is relatively low maintenance. You want to be able to go on vacation for a week and know that it’s not going to die from lack of water. It’s a good plan to water your plant before you leave. Some great options are the peace lily – lovely white flowers, philodendron – love the shapes of the leaves and if you like variegated leaves you’ll want a golden pothos or spider plant.
Maybe it’s the designer in me but I love matching colorful or patterned desk accessories. In my home office everything is my brand color of red. In our beach home, everything is teal. The beach home has a theme of teal and navy through-out so I skipped shaking things up. Or maybe teal IS shaking things up for me. It’s not a color I have used before. At any rate, no matter what color you love, be sure to have desk accessories that make you smile. These ones are black and white stripes – fun!
Because we’re not perfect! Enough said… Seriously, even if you only type isn’t there some comfort in knowing you can just white it out.
Who doesn’t love a new mouse pad? This is a chance to inject some of your personality into your workspace. You could go out and grab an ergonomic mousepad, anything from boring black to bright colors or Star Wars. I would chuckle every time I saw a Death Star on my desk.
But first Coffee
There are so many mugs out there it’s hard to choose. Right now I am on a That’s All mug kick. They are so tongue in cheek clever. And the interior is teal, so they match my beach home office but I digress…
My other go to – I mean I can not live without this – is my Yeti travel mug. This keeps coffee hot and iced coffee cold for hours. I left my iced coffee in the car overnight once this summer. When I went out in the morning, there were still small (ok very small but still) ice cubes floating in it. Stainless steel vacuum insulated – mumbo jumbo for this mug keeps your coffee piping hot! Boom.