How can a mirror, a picture frame and a game board help you organize your work area this summer? (Organizing tips for business professionals and entrepreneurs)

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In the 80s, I use to like a show on the CBS network called, MacGyver (… for those of us who remember it).  Although it was fictional, I enjoyed how the main character, Angus MacGyver, would just get common objects around him and create something totally different but functional.  I was a kid but even I knew that it was a genius concept and super cool at that.  So how does the concept of a show from over twenty years ago relate to getting organized?  Well, I’m going to share a few quick tips on how you can “MacGyver” or repurpose a mirror, a picture frame and a game board to help you organize your work area, whether it’s your office at work or at home.

Need something to post friendly reminders to yourself and prevent your desk from becoming a cluttered eye-sore?  How about creating a memo board… out of a mirror.  Why not take it a step further… a magnetic memo board!  Just grab a framed mirror that you really like (or take a short trip to your local thrift store), give it a little TLC by may be adding a coat of paint, swap out the glass with a metal sheet from your local home improvement store, cover it with some fabric, add a few magnets, and there you have it!.. you’ve got yourself a handy (and fancy, I might add) way to temporarily store those reminder notes, networking cards, or shopping lists.  It helps you to keep your desk cleared of the thousands of tiny paper-items we consume on a regular basis and, if you’re like myself, your memo board can be customized to fit the décor in your work area.  Check out a previous post I did on how I used this same concept to create a vision board.

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Need a place to discreetly store away and maintain your mobile devices?  What if I told you all it takes is a dual, 8×10 picture frame and a drill? Now, you have a convenient and clever charging station.  Just remove a couple of the templates and the glass from the inside of the frame, carefully drill a hole in the side of the frame where you want to thread your device cords through, and WHAA LAA!  Wanna personalize it even more?  Take one of the templates and glass that was removed from the frame and place it on the top so that you can add your favorite photo.  Be sure to seal the glass down and the edges where the frame slides out in order to secure anything from falling out.

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An organized desk usually consists of an area to neatly store your commonly used office supplies, some good lighting, a sorting tray for temporarily storing documents, and an area for your electronic devices or writing.  So keep this space light.  Most of that work surface on your desk is for writing or using your electronics.  How about using a marble game board and repurposing it into a tablet, keyboard, or book prop for your desk?  This is a great option if you don’t have a tablet cover that enables you to angle your device to reduce screen glare, or if you have a desktop keyboard that has a broken prop-up leg, or if you’re reading and would like to prop your book up slightly from the flat position on your desk.  Just open the marble board, placing the actual playing side face-down on the table or surface.  Using batting and fabric material, wrap it around the board and secure it with a hot glue gun.  Allow it to dry and in that little time you have a new prop board for your desk.  When you’re done with it, you can close the board and store it away, increasing your work surface.

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BAAAMM!.. you’ve been MACGYVER’ED!!!  Enjoy these quick repurposing tricks to help you get your workstation organized this summer.  Remember to subscribe to this blog for many more tips on how you can evict the elephant in your room.  C’mon back!  We’d love to hear from you.

Until the next post…

– Sy

Creative Vision Board for 2014!.. (Warning: This is not your mother’s vision board.)

Happy Friday, guys!  Finally, the end of another week of hard work and now you can unwind… may be.

Last week, we opened the year with two specific goals – (1) to get organized and (2) to set our goals for the year by creating a vision board.  I shared with you tips (found here) on how you can create a powerful vision board that would keep you inspired and maintain the optimism needed to follow-through with your goals.  Today I’ll show you how to think out of the box when it comes to creating a vision board for 2014.  One of the tips that I mentioned was to NEVER settle when it comes to creating your vision board.  The time of vision boards made of poster board has passed.  Not to say that there is anything wrong with doing them but I decided to put a different spin on it.

Late last year, I was thinking of a variety of different ways to create vision boards.  The one thing that hit me was how can I create a vision board that was exciting to look at and that would allow you to conveniently add or remove images as your goals change.  So I came up with the idea of a magnetic vision board, which consists of repurposing a used mirror and adding sheet metal.  You could then add the elements that represent your goals using contact paper, Velcro, and magnets.  This was a very inexpensive project and only took me a couple of hours to complete.  All you need is a little creativity, a trip to your local thrift store and craft store, and you’ve got a very impressive yet motivational piece.

Magnetic Vision Board

Supplies:

  • Wall mirror, with the included template
  • Sheet metal, as close to size of mirror frame
  • Metal snips (hand shears)
  • A fine metal file
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Magnets, in a couple of different sizes depending on the size of the cut-outs for your board
  • Velcro (type and size, optional)
  • Contact paper
  • Hot glue
  • Mounting adhesive, to hang the completed board without damaging the wall surface

Optional:

  • Acrylic paint (to refresh the mirror frame)

Step 1:  Remove the template from the back of the mirror frame and properly discard the glass.  Using a marker, trace the template directly on to the sheet metal and cut it out with the metal snips, being very careful of sharp, rigid edges (tip: when using the snips to cut the metal, be sure to use thick gloves, goggles, and an apron to protect from injuries.).  While cutting, lift one end of the metal up from the work surface to reduce friction while cutting.  Using a fine metal file, smooth down the rigid edges.  Attention: Be sure to carefully discard of any scraps of glass or metal left over so that no one becomes injured by the sharp edges in your waste/recycling receptacle.

Step 2:  (Optional)  I wanted the frame to pop but I didn’t want to interfere with the gorgeous detailing; so I applied a couple of light coats of metallic acrylic paint to it (Folk Art’s Pure Gold #660) with a sponge brush. 

Step 3:  With a hot glue gun, wrap your fabric of choice over the sheet metal, smoothing out any creasing.

Step 4:  Place the covered sheet metal and the template back into the frame, securing them with the metal tabs.

Step 5:  Gather your cut-out images, contact paper, the magnets, and Velcro tabs.  Cover your cut-outs, to size, with contact paper to preserve the images.  Then place your Velcro tabs on the back of each cut-out and a magnet.  Press the magnet firmly on the back of the adjoining cut-out.  You will now be able to remove and replace your images at any point… just choose a different cut-out with another Velcro tab to go with your magnet.

Apply each cut-out to your newly, created vision board and there you have it!  A new spin on an old tradition.

Magnetic Vision Board

Show us your vision for 2014 or comment below.  If you enjoy the information here on TheElephantInMyRoom.net, share these posts with the people within your network and help them to get organized and stay organized.

Cheers, to being that much closer to reaching our goals and to another successful year!  Enjoy the weekend!

– Sy

Aligning Your Vision with Your Actions

Guys… here is an example of one blogger’s Vision Board party experience. Her name is Jenni Lewis and thanks to a friend, she had the time of her life.
Enjoy the weekend all. In keeping with the Vision Board topic, next week I’ll be sharing one of my personal favorite vision boards to kick off a series of DIY projects for this year. More details to come soon. – Sy

The Life of Jenni Lewis

Listening to one of my good friends and business partners a little over a month ago talk about how much she had grown and how she had a vision board party for her 30th birthday instead partying sparked my interest.  I thought that was an amazing idea.  And since my birthday had just past, I thought this would be a great way to bring some amazing women in my life together to discuss our futures and share our outlooks on life.

I invited my closest friends who are in the metro Detroit area, my business partners and a few family members.  I cooked dinner and bought poster boards, scissors, glue sticks, wine, and gathered some old magazines.  A little music set the mood and my excitement increased upon the arrival of each of my guest.

To read more about vision boards and how to set up a party, please feel…

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WRITE the vision and MAKE it plain (Vision Board Tips)

Well, it’s that bitter-sweet time yet again where the Christmas decorations are fizzing down… the last celebration glass has been poured… and the final good-byes and hugs have been given to our loved-ones… at least until the next big gathering.  I always hate to see it all go but it’s the perfect ending to what is now considered things of the past and preparation for the new.  It’s a new year… a new opportunity to do something different.  That means embracing that big ‘C’ word… Change.  For the home-based business owner, two specific areas usually come to mind this time of year… getting organized and setting those next set of goals for the year.

Well, whether this is your first time visiting this site or you’ve been following me for the past month, I encourage you to go back and review the tips that I’ve shared so far to help you get on the road to organizing your home-based business space.  Then, stay plugged into even more helpful ideas.  I am so excited!  This year, I have so much more to share with you all specifically in the area of home-based business organization but also in other relative areas.  Like in the area of goal setting for 2014 and how that actually ties into the organizing process.  Yeah.

All entrepreneurs should have specific goals set for themselves to obtain both personally and professionally.  My pastor put it best during a meeting one day when he said we “need to go back to dreaming again”.  Meaning, we need to go back to envisioning the things we want out of life without limits… then go out there and make it happen.  So what does this have to do with organizing my home-based business?”  It has EVERYTHING to do with it.  Up until now, you’ve heard me mention that we need to create an environment that inspires us to the success of our business.  Getting and keeping everything that we need neat and orderly in order to effectively operate throughout our business day contributes to our success.  But another key element of inspiration is “The Why” behind what we do – – our goals or motivations.  As a matter of fact, many entrepreneurs, including myself, create a yearly compilation of our goals called, by some, a Dream board, or what I like to call, a Vision board.  Why do I call it a vision board?  For me, a “dream” is just a nice thought; but a “vision” is something placed in you that you actually intend to obtain.  You are basically creating a visual reminder of specific experiences or things that you’d like to have.  Most of the time I find that when I speak my thoughts out aloud, I discover what it is I truly want; so I instantly write them down.  That is the basis for creating a vision board.  You want to determine a clear, specific vision of what you’d like for your life, your business, etc., write them down, and display them as a means to keep going until you achieve those goals.

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Today’s post consists of seven quick tips on how you can create a powerful Vision board that will surge your home-based business space into the driven, positive atmosphere that you need it to be. It’s the cherry on top of your best workday yet.

Home-based Business Vision Board Tips:

  1. Never settle!.. Your vision board should reflect your personal style and enthusiasm for the goals you have set for yourself.  So display them in that manner.  This applies to even the types of materials you use to comprise your board.  Whether you enjoy something over-the-top or you appreciate something simple, go for it!  This is your board, your vision.
  2. Think BIG!.. Don’t limit your goals.  Some of my favorite t.v. series are the Crasher shows on HGTV.  The host follows their room makeover recipient to their home and they ask them the million dollar question… “…so what’s the dream room?”.  I love it because it puts that person in a position to see the space they’ve envisioned come to life.  So ask yourself the same question.  Really think!  No matter how impossible someone else, or even you, may think it is.
  3. Be clear!.. Choose images or phrases that illustrate exactly what you want.  Be specific.
  4. Have fun!..  Get creative throughout the entire process.  Poster board is cool but there’s a world of other ways to create a vision board made to inspire (I’ll share some ideas on this later).  Get together with supportive friends or business colleagues and have a vision board party.  Once you’ve all created your boards, you can become accountability partners.  This makes for an even more enjoyable experience.
  5. Every goal created should be YOUR Goals, not someone elses’!..  Self explanatory.
  6. Post your board so that it can be seen regularly!.. Ever notice when you’re watching television or driving in your car that you see and hear the same advertisements multiple times throughout the day, so much that you are provoked to act or you at least end up memorizing and singing the jingles from hearing it so much?  Well it’s the same idea. It’s such an influential marketing strategy. The logic is if you see something enough times on a regular basis, you’ll develop enough interest to move on it.  Your vision board is your goal advertising.  If you display it where you can see your goals regularly, you will provoke yourself to act on them.
  7. Start from the end and work your way to the beginning!..  Yes, once you’ve created your vision board, begin to develop a plan to start working on those goals.  You now have the vision of where you want to be so go from there to determine what steps would be needed to get you started.

… when all is said and done, you’ll have the tools you need to fuel your day… a powerhouse home-based business space with the goals to match and the will to make it happen.

So what’s your vision for 2014?..

– Sy