There’s a reason why we keep those loose receipts, notes to self and random doodads. But without a proper place to put them, these items soon turn into clutter, sprawling over counters, shelves and desktops. What’s an efficient way to take control of clutter and reclaim our space, once and for all?
Start the year off right by getting and staying organized. Avery offers smart solutions for filing, storing and organizing to help you stay on top of your responsibilities and make life run more smoothly. Our friends at Avery have a number of products that are sure to help you minimize clutter and simplify for life. Pair the products with Avery customizable labels and you've got this covered!
Keeping track of dates and time is important if you want to beat the holiday rush, but equally important is taking advantage of some time saving shortcuts.
Here are some tips sure to help.
Addressing Made Easy
You can make short work of long mailing lists by using Avery Address Labels and free easy-to-use programs such as the Avery Wizard for Microsoft® Office or Avery Design & Print Online to create professional looking, custom-printed address labels in minutes. Visit avery.com/templates to find out more.
Check Your Zip Codes
Don’t let an incorrect zip code send your mail in the wrong direction. If in doubt, just go to www.usps.com and click on Look up a ZIP Code. Once you’ve got your mailing list in order (with full addresses and correct ZIP Codes) use the Avery Wizard or Avery Design & Print Online and get step-by-step instructions to mail merge your mailing list and print onto labels in minutes. If you don't have a spreadsheet with all of your names and addresses, you can start with our pre-formatted files for Microsoft® Excel or other database programs.
Reuse those boxes
Got a used box that would be perfect for something you need to ship, except it has its original shipping labels or other markings all over it? No problem. There’s no need to scratch off the old labels—all you need are Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock® Technology and free Avery Templates to format and print the new shipping address. You can also make old boxes look like new by covering up old markings with Avery Brown Kraft Shipping Labels. And because Avery Shipping Labels completely cover up everything underneath, your packages look neat, legible, and professional.
Avoid Post Office Lines
Why go to the Post Office when you can calculate and print official USPS postage right from your own PC? You can print postage using popular Avery 5160 Labels and Avery 8160 Labels at www.avery.com/postage, powered by Stamps.com. For new customers, check out the special introductory offer (valued at $100).
Do you have a paper planner and Microsoft Outlook but can’t decide which to use?
The good news is, you don’t have to give up one for the other – you can successfully combine Microsoft Outlook with your paper day planner for a dependable and productive planning solution.
Here is some practical advice for making them work together:
KNOW YOUR ROLES:
The Outlook and day planner relationship works best if you properly define the roles of each tool. Outlook should be your “master” scheduling device. You should maintain all time-sensitive data here. If it’s tied into your work network most appointments begin here already, and it offers terrific reminder features.
Your paper planner, on the other hand, should serve as your portable all-purpose tool. It works great while on the go or at your desk — just flip it open for access to your daily plan. (Outlook can be a distraction, especially while working in other computer programs.)
FOLLOW THIS DAILY ROUTINE:
NOTES TO REMEMBER:
Stick to your daily plan. As new urgent tasks arise through the email and conversations of your day, you must decide whether they take priority over those that you’ve already assigned yourself.
Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Need a last-minute Halloween costume? I picked out a few office supply-inspired ideas from my pal, Google Images.
To feel especially festive this fall, make sure to engage in Twist's Fall Top 10:
The Good News
The range of green products is expanding. Manufacturers are now using innovative technologies to transform organic products into adhesives for tapes and adhesive notes, envelopes, plates, cups, bowls and eating utensils.
Twist Office Products is committed to providing choices to help protect our environment. Here are some recycled, compostable, sustainable, Energy Star-rated, non-toxic and bio-based offerings, as well as those products certified to meet stringent environmental standards:
Recycling. Turning off the lights when you leave a room. Not leaving the water running. Carpooling to work or taking public transportation. At the office, it's easy to forget about going green, so here are some quick reminders--and green office products--that will help us be kind to our Earth.
Twist boasts a wide array of furniture options and general office supplies that meet stringent environmental standards and contain recycled materials:
At Twist OP we love a great cup of coffee. But, did you know that there are also some great recipes on the Keurig Blog. Here are two of our favorites - let us know if you try them and if you agree that they are keepers!
Barista Beef Stew! A one pot meal, beef stew sticks to your ribs, fills you up, and warms you all over. No wonder cowboys make it on the trail. Being who we are, we had to add a little of Barista Prima® Italian Roast coffee to the mix, which helps to bring out the flavor of the mushrooms and thyme. Cowboy, meet barista.
Barista Beef Stew Serves 6
Directions Heat large Dutch oven and add 1 Tablespoon oil. Cook beef in two batches, browning on all sides. Transfer to bowl or plate. Add remaining oil to Dutch oven along with onions, garlic, and thyme. Cook, stirring, 5-minutes or until softened. Add wine, coffee and broth, scrapping up brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Transfer the beef and accumulated juices back to the Dutch oven and add mushrooms and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1-hour. Add carrots and simmer, covered, 30-minutes or until beef is tender. Stir in peas and parsley and cook for 5-minutes or until cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. -
See more at: http://blog.keurig.com/blog/kristen/barista-beef-stew-recipe#sthash.HariVZGs.dpuf
Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake Who can resist a great chocolate cake? We bring you an intense chocolate, almost brownie-like cake smothered with more chocolate. Here’s the recipe, and I think it’s a perfect contender for your Valentine’s Day date night dessert.
1 Cup bittersweet (or you can use semi sweet) chocolate chips
½ Cup unsalted butter
¾ Cup granulated sugar
¼ Teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoons Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Ingredients for the Glaze:
1 Cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
½ Cup heavy cream
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease 8” round spring form pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the top of the paper.
For the cake: Place the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Slowly heat (30 seconds at a time) until the butter is melted and the chips are slightly melted. Stir until chips are completely melted.
Stir in sugar, salt, coffee and vanilla. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Finally add the cocoa powder. Transfer batter to the cake pan, and bake for 25 minutes, or until the top forms a thin crust. Let cool completely.
Glaze Directions: Combine the chocolate chips and the cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat until the cream is very hot, but not boiling. Remove from microwave and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth and glasslike. Carefully spoon the glaze over the cake. Allow the glaze to set and harden before cutting – about 1 hour. -
See more at: http://blog.keurig.com/blog/hannah-hassler/national-chocolate-cake-day#sthash.73eBRRez.dpuf