How to Keep Your Cables Untangled


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I HATE CABLES! I hate the mess they make. I hate seeing them coiling all around the gadgets on my desk. I can’t stand it when they get all tangled together into one huge knot. I picked myself up a new organizer recently for only ten bucks. This little thing is awesome! It keeps everything neat and tidy. The Dotz Cable Wrap even prevents the tangling and knots that can often happen, and accommodates up to three cables at a time.

This little circle gives you a simple way to instantly protect, shorten and store your cords, cables and ear buds. Just wrap the excess lengths of cord inside and snap it shut. It comes with a suction cup to keep it in place and a belt clip to make sure you don’t drop it when walking or jogging. It comes in several different colors so you can be sure to match whatever your style is.

I found a way to get out from under the tangle of cords and cables. What methods do you use? Please – PLEASE – tell me you don’t just leave them lying all around the place.

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Moving Made Easy

This post is brought to you by our patronWorldLabel. It was written by me, and all opinions are 100% mine.

Let’s face it: moving is not fun. It’s a pain in the butt and often brings about more stress than it really should. It’s something we all have to do at some point in our lives – and some of you may end up moving often. I feel for you, really I do! Even the most organized person can fall apart and lose things when trying to pack, move and then unpack all of their worldly possessions. The folks at WorldLabel have come up with a simple solution that can save you time – and one heck of a lot of headaches – later on.

The Master Packing Kit may seem like overkill, but you’ll thank yourself later when you can quickly and easily find everything you need simply by glancing at the box. The file will be sent to you in PDF format. You can download and fill the file in on your computer – no matter what operating system you may use. The best news of all is that this kit is absolutely free!

You’ll find labels included to help you designate which room each box goes into along with spaces for box contents. Also included is a master list, Fragile labels, This Side Up labels, To and From labels (in case you need to ship any items) and more. Once you fill them in, you can print them right from home using standard-sized letter paper of any type.

You can customize these labels to work for you. It’s easy to change your font size, type or color (as well as adding bold or italics) for the To and From shipping labels. If you’re using a PC, you can click CTRL + E. If you’re on a Mac, use Apple key + E. A toolbar will then appear giving you additional text properties. Select “More” from the font properties toolbar for additional selections in regards to your paragraph layout.

Make your next relocation easier by grabbing your free copy of this fantastic moving kit before you pack the first box.

Top 5 Workspace Tips

Dylan sent the following tips in after he figured out the best methods of shaping up his workspace.

  • Use Blu-Tack – Like many computer owners, I have a laptop as my primary (only) machine, and it is stationed on a desk. I have a keyboard, mouse and printer plugged into the notebook. When I unplug everything so that I can take my laptop with me somewhere, the cords tend to fall behind the desk. This makes it a pain to find them – and untangle them – later on. To fix this problem, I put Blu-Tack wire on the back of the desk. It holds my cables for me so that I never encounter this trouble again. It works for lamp cords, phone cords and more.
  • Photos – I enjoy having pictures of my family and friends on my desk. Due to lack of space, though, there aren’t many to be seen. A simple and inexpensive solution is to buy a clear plastic mat that is two layers. When you want to show off a picture, simply slide it between the two plastic sheets. The photo will be protected, out of the way and easy to look at anytime you wish.
  • Hide those cables – If you’ve ever had a desk that doesn’t come all the way to the floor in the back, you’ve had to deal with a frightening cord mess that everyone who visits your space will see. This is NOT a pretty sight, folks. Why not buy a piece of material, a blanket or even pressboard to tack to the back of your desk? It will hide the cord mess, and make everything look nice and neat once again.
  • We need light to see AND space to breathe. – I need a lamp on my desk in order to see properly without getting a headache. I never realized how much real-estate they took up on my desk until recently. I went out and bought an inexpensive clip-on lamp. It clips to the edge of my desk, taking up a very small amount of space. It’s brighter than my old lamp, and I can adjust it to project light anywhere I might need it.
  • Wrap it up – In order to keep control of the various cords and cables under my desk, I bought a lot of elastic bands. Wires going in the same direction are grouped together, and held close by the bands. This can be done to keep things such as pens and rulers from being scattered around, as well.

How do you keep your office or desk space organized? DO you keep it neat and under control?

Organize Your Band with BandCentral

When a band is busy, things can go haywire pretty fast. There are many difficulties associated with staying organized during the touring, performing, writing and recording processes. Wil Padley, a bass player in the U.K. band The Domino State, came up with the idea for BandCentral to help him and his fellow musicians attempt to bring order back into their lives.

BandCentral is an easy way to manage your band online from anywhere in the world. The tools lets bands track their earnings and expenses from merchandise, CD and ticket sales. The admin controls allow for privacy settings to be altered, so that different access levels can be given to different members of the group as needed.

It’s also integrated with SoundCloud, which is an online place musicians can share their music and files. It also lets them comment on the various things they have in progress.

BandCentral has a free version, which is ad-supported. A band can sign up for the premium account to have full access to the site and services without having to look at ads. The premium account is about $9.00 (U.S. dollars) per month.

BandCentral is used by bands, managers and even record companies. It is a “shared space with all the tools you need to manage your band: everything, from gigs & rehearsals, assets & fans, to recordings, merchandise & money… all from one central, secure and instantly accessible place.”

LiquidPlanner


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I recently attended the WTIA Fast Pitch Forum & Technology Showcase. The conference featured two dozen of the of the hottest technology companies in Washington presenting their business in a competition for “Best In Show”. LiquidPlanner is the only project management tool that lets you easily adapt your project plan based on real-life change and uncertainty. The result is realistic schedules that make planning, collaborating, and hitting deadlines a breeze.

Don’t just multi-task, manage your time effectively. LiquidPlanner makes prioritizing, organizing, and scheduling simple, no matter how many projects and clients you have to juggle, so you can focus on what’s really important: getting things done.

Who doesn’t need help scheduling themselves, in order to do everything you have to do? I know I do! There are just so many hours in each day, and that is not nearly enough! I have a hard time some days trying to cram in everything I have to do… forgetting things here, putting something off there, shuffling others to a back burner – or hand them over to my assistant and beg her help!

LiquidPlanner sure would make my life easier. I’m not only going to tell you to check them out – I’m checking them out for myself!

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