What can we do with a corner? For a Chicago entrepreneur running two businesses out of a home office, let's create separate project zones. Inspired by the Swiss Army knife, a custom flip-top table magically enlarges the work surface. Even a tiny corner within a dining room can be transformed into a premier home office.
Our #1 encouragement for any home office make-over: declutter first. When you curate and tidy up first, the rest goes so much faster and smoother.
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Last month’s ransomware virus did real damage. Ransomware plots will continue to grow, according to this graph from The Economist's May 20th 2017 edition.
Ransomware is here. The chances of our homes and businesses becoming vulnerable will grow as we increasingly computerize our lives: cars, home alarm systems, even home appliances. It's not hard to imagine malware potentially taking your phone hostage or locking you out of your home unless you pay a ransom.
Like an earthquake, we can’t prevent a cyber attack, but we can plan for and manage the effects. There is still a lot within our control. One simple option is backing up your files in the cloud.
It’s the easiest way to safeguard valuable information from ransomware, computer failures, and other disasters.
Last month I tested the three most popular services: Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. They all sync effortless across desktop, web, and mobile phones. Regardless of which one you choose, the important thing is to just start now.
Here are lessons I learned from my adventure in the cloud.
And when you’re ready for a home office makeover, we’re here with custom solutions that will have you on cloud nine.
What can you do with a dark 8' by 9' home office? Plenty! Watch this video of my design proposal for a SF home office in need of a makeover. Then use those concepts to inspire your own home office refresh.
My #1 encouragement: declutter first
When you tidy up your home office first, the rest is so much easier. And more fun.
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I'm glad for more daylight starting today. Feels like spring already. In our 2017 monthly home office care calendar, March is for getting ready for tax time. Tax time can mean stress and anxiety. Whether you have a CPA or do your own, filing your tax returns gets more complex each year don't you think? So how can you help yourself during this time? Here are tips to design and organize your upcoming weeks for less stress.
If you've been following our 2017 monthly home office care calendar, February is all about decluttering your books.
Last weekend I boxed up about 20 books to donate. I did have trouble letting go of books that were gifts. What helped was reminding myself that my friends gave those books for me to enjoy (which I have), and not for me to feel guilty about. And after that, it was easy to let go of books that had been sitting in a closet for years (a sure sign that I no longer treasured them)!
Ready to help your shelves lose some weight? Here are 5 places in San Francisco to take your unwanted books:
Anne P. and Bill V. win raffle!
We're excited to send "The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly" to Anne and Bill, winners of our 2017 Lunar New Year raffle. We hope they get as much delight and joy from it as we did.
By the way, the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade begins at 5:15 p.m. this Saturday. Forecast shows no rain. Hooray!
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! means "happy new year" in Vietnamese.
For this year of the rooster, we're giving away two copies of The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly because we'd like to share with you this gem of a tale.
This short book is great for kids of all ages. Watch this video for an excerpt of the first chapter.
So why not:
And best wishes for a healthy and fulfilling new year!
Keep your home office in tiptop shape with this downloadable 2017 Tiptop Home Office Guide. I've put together this checklist with San Francisco resources to help you stay organized throughout the year. Tasks are broken down into manageable chunks each month so they’re easier to accomplish.
Your Home Office is Your Partner
A home office is your partner in accomplishing your professional and personal goals. It’s the hub where you create, achieve, and grow.
Keep your home office in top form and it will serve you in many ways:
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