Stationery in the workplace
Having endless scraps of paper is not an ideal situation for any professional, but it happens. As we get caught up in busy schedules, days become weeks and weeks become months. The solution is to try and keep up by jotting down our day-to-day notes, reminders, thoughts and to-do lists on whatever we can get our hands on at the time. All well and good, but ideally we’d be able to find what we need at the drop of a hat, not searching through the bin hunting for that piece of paper with that all-important phone number, address or reminder on it. Good stationery in the workplace can actually help in more ways than you think.
As busy people, we don’t just need stationery because it’s convenient and handy; we need it because it can also lift our spirits, helping to keep us motivated and focused on the task in hand which in turn can help to make us more productive. Once you purchase a nice notebook for your desk, you’re just itching to use it. Nothing makes the prospect of a long meeting more bearable than booking it in your journal followed by using it to take notes while you are there. Not only are all those important thoughts in one place, they are also organised into different sections ensuring your post-meeting follow ups are easy to find and action! Who knew things could be so much easier just by having a journal?
Having a nice collection of stationery also helps you to take pride in your work. By having journals and notebooks that are attractive both inside and out you’ll find that you take equal pride in organising and presenting your hand written thoughts and plans as best you can. There’s a real satisfaction in taking the time to write down the important information you need, and as we discussed in a previous blog there are also proven benefits to doing so.
If you’re new to the world of great stationery, here’s our top five tips to using your journal and notebook at the office to help achieve a productive and happy work day:
Office brainwaves. If you work in a busy environment, not everyone is going to be around at the same time each day to discuss new ideas and plans. So, instead of losing that fabulous idea you just had – keep hold of it and jot it down in a shared journal to go through with your colleges at the end of the week.
Anonymous credit. Busy people don’t always have the time to say thank you or give credit where it is due. You could also create a journal in the office for people to anonymously credit each other. Making each other smile throughout the week, even if it’s just by saying a simple thank you.
Home and work organisation. Keep a notebook handy to jot down reminders throughout the day, ready to action when you get home as well as planning what you need for the next day.
The important facts. Use your journal as somewhere to keep all your research notes for that big project you’re working on; you’ll find that writing things down helps to commit them into memory (and you don’t need the internet to access them).
Doodle till your hearts content. When you get five minutes to sit down and relax on your lunch break, it can be nice to step away from your computer screen and give your eyes a break from that harsh light. Use the time to jot down those ideas you have for outside of work, maybe doodle a bit and add to your shopping lists. After all, that’s why we include a doodle section in all of our journals.
We hope we’ve shown that, no matter what the 9-5 may bring, no day is a dull day when you have wonderful stationery to use. Well, we think so anyway.
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