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Choosing the Best Office Desk

No office without a desk has a complete "look." Even a desk with the most basic desk is better than not having any desk at all. Money cannot be a valid excuse for failing to purchase a quality office desk. Many simple-yet-elegant oak desks are available. You simply must take your time to do a little research and you can find the ideal desk for your office. A primary reason for considering a desk finish of oak wood is its attractiveness. Another reason to consider it is its durability. In particular, there is a good reason why solid oak has been used for many years. Oak is the best type of wood for making office furnishings or even home furniture.

Think about your needs before buying a quality office desk made of oak wood. Space may be an even more important issue for you than the elegance of the desk. Does the aesthetic character of the desk matter more than its functionality? Take time to consider the most crucial desk features. Storage capacity matters a lot, regardless of how basic or complicated an office desk may appear to be. A desk should have a least a few shelves, even if it lacks very many that are open or closed. You also need sufficient storage space for daily-use items like stamps, receipt books, and pens, etc. A lot of folks value a desk that features several storage areas as it facilitates better office management. Executive oak desks are even available that have lots a class.

Price tags are relatively high because these desks provide the total comfort, style, and functionality you need. Such desks are necessary to setting up a smart office that has a unique character. The majority of these "classy" office desks also include a matching chair. Both the chair and the desk ensure that your posture needs are adequately met. As they are made of oak wood, such desks also last longer. If you are seeking a more simple oak office desk, you can find one. Such desks come in a variety of styles like corner desks, straight-surface desks, hutch designs, and many others. If you are looking for a home desk for a home office, a more basic style may do. It mainly depends upon the nature of your home-based business.

You definitely want a more elegant desk if many of your clients will be meeting you at your home. An attractive desk contributes to the type of positive impression you want clients to get upon first entering your office. Office furniture that is simple but elegant may work well if it is your office or your family members often need to use it. For outdoor offices, try to get creative with your choices of desks and other furnishings. Using the Internet to locate furniture that fits your budget is also quite possible. To locate a store in your area that offers the best prices, simply search the Web for local deals. CraigsList is a good place to start if you do not mind buying a pre-owned office desk.


Advantages of a New Reception Desk

The first room clients, customers, colleagues and employees see when they enter a business is arguably the room considered most important when one considers interior design. Since it is the initial point of contact for visitors, the design of this reception area can have a great impact on how the business is perceived by the people you need to impress the most. If their experience is not positive here and they do not have a good initial impression, they may take their money elsewhere and become loyal to a competitor without ever seeing all you have to offer. Although other factors can also influence their perception of a business, design is one of the influential determinant for businesses and customers may never see what you have to offer in customer service or their comfort with your services. To create an environment that is both welcoming and positive, it may be time to update the furniture that will stand out most in the area, the reception desk.

Often the first furnishings the visitor encounters in your office is the reception desk. They will contact this desk before they consider seating as they wait. This is your first chance to provide a positive first impression and wow those who visit. It also sets the tone for the remainder of the visit. They may even see this piece of furniture through the front windows or glass doors as they pass by. Those who pass by and have a positive impression are more likely to think of your business when they need the services you have to offer. In essence, this desk may be the face of an organization, whether it is presented to a visitor attempting to schedule an appointment of to check in as they wait. It is their first encounter with a business. If there is a pleasing reception desk, it can set the tone for what is expected to follow. Customers greeted by an outdated desk of an uninspiring design may perceive the entire room and maybe even your business as dreary and drab.

Selecting an attractive desk in the reception room is the first step in transforming it; however, it is also important the space be kept uncluttered and clean in order to complete the transformation. If the station is messy and cluttered, no one may be able to see the nice furnishings hidden underneath, defeating your purpose and portraying an unprofessional image of the business. If the desk is kept clean and organized, it provides a positive image, showing the company is professional, organized, methodical and efficient.

Modern desks for the reception may be purchased in bold, attention grabbing designs while also being functional and durable. Options include many different wood designs that are perfect for use with existing furnishings, such as chairs or tables in the reception room. Glass designs offer an excellent way to provide a contemporary feel. Modular units provide separate pieces of the desk allowing users to change the room's look when needed or desired, and is convenient if the business chooses to relocate. This also allows one to add other options to the desk at a later date.

Although in a tough economy one might question updating the current reception desk as unnecessary, it should be seen as an investment in one's business that will provide lasting value for many years in the future. While wooden desks are the most expensive, options such as plywood or fused melamine offer a good looking yet less expensive option. These desks offer a long life, so the cost is much more affordable when broken down over their useful life. Whether looking to update an office or creating an environment that is more inviting, adding a new reception desk can help to transform the area and bring more clients your way.


The Internal Importance Allocator of Effective Time Management

A regular excuse that a lot of people have for not being able to achieve their goals is that they ran out of time. They claim that they are too busy with all the other usual demands of life. They have to work all day and then do all sorts of chores at home. Kids and houses take up all the available time left over in the day. There's no time to pursue all the things that they would really want to do in life. Life is already so overwhelming so who's got time to go after life goals? If this is the case for you, then I hear you loud and clear as I can appreciate all the stresses that life in general have on us. A lot of us are constantly bogged down each day of the week. Good time management has there become a crucial thing to manage our days successfully given these hectic periods.

However, there's something we all have inside ourselves that I call our 'Internal Importance Allocator'. We assign importance ratings to everything in life and allocate time to them. For example, we all brush our teeth because we all rate dental health as pretty important, right? We don't want to gross out everyone else with bad breath. However, many of us don't do other things that are equally important for our health, like exercising. So this means that our Internal Importance Allocator may not always be working right.

So every now and then, we have to recalibrate our Internal Importance Allocators to reassign importance ratings to everything we do. I believe that this is a necessary task in effective time management. After all, there's no way that watching TV should be rated as more important than our health. What's more important than our health? Think about some of the things you have been neglecting and list them along with the activities that you normally do on a day-to-day basis. You will then have a list of things that you should be doing as well as your habitual activities that you do on a daily basis. Then reassign important ratings to everything at the same time. You will end up with a better balance of priorities in your life.

If you then look at a revised list of what's really important in your life and make real committed decisions to work on them, rather than just wishes, you would make the time for those goals. You will make a mental 'kick yourself in the behind' to reallocate your time in a more effective way that is constructive to success. Of course, this doesn't mean that you should be a workaholic. Being a 'life champion' (a term that is used in my book, The Life Champion In You) is also about balance since all areas of your life are considered. Effective time management should take this into account.

Remember, your goals should not be on a wish list. Instead, they should be on a top priority to-do list and mine is in my micro tool (a planning tool that is described in The Life Champion In You). Recalibrate your Internal Importance Allocator as often as required in order for you to stay in tune with what's really important in life. The take home message here is that if something is truly important in your life, you will make the time for it.


Office Star Products offers a Great Corner Computer Desk

A corner computer desk can be a really handy type of desk to have, you get maximum efficiency for the amount of space that is used. They also come in a variety of sizes, from a small and upright design, to a design that has side tables or desks that extend away along one or both walls. The corner desk has become much more popular since the advent of the personal computer. More homes have need of a work center or desk, and with limited space, the corner computer desk is the answer for many people.

If you are in the market for a new desk, a corner computer desk may be just what you need. But you don't want just any desk though, you want to get a good one that will last, not one that you have to replace in a few years. One manufacturer that has been around for over 30 years is Office Star Products. They are involved in fabrication, importing and distribution of a wide range of office furniture. Over the years they have developed a reputation for value, quality, and service.

Office Star has multiple lines of office products. Their lines include: Space, Worksmart, Proline, OSP Designs, and Ave-Six, their newest line which is designed to "furnish your lifestyle". They also have full modular office furniture lines (OSPF Lounge, OSPF Metal, and OSPF Casegoods) that are designed for large contracts, which they do have with some state governments.

There are a few other things that I like about Office Star Products. The first is that they work extensively with online retailers, shipping directly to their customers homes. Besides this being a great service to offer to customers, they offer full support to their e-tailers thorough advertising graphics, literature and product photographs. Since more and more people are shopping online, it is great to see more companies catering to these customers. And, as someone who lives in a remote area, it opens up more shopping possibilities.

The second thing I really like, is that they take their responsibilities to the environment seriously. In their offices they recycle as much as possible. This includes using shredded paper for packing material, recycling all water bottles and cans, cardboard and plastic wrap. They also send all of their electronic waste, light bulbs, unusable metals, and batteries to be recycled. Besides recycling their waste, they also use metal, foam, plastic, and foam in their products that can be recycled by the user when the item has come to the end of its usable life. Lastly, they offer a wide range of upholstery fabrics, and some of they are made from recycle fabrics.

When it comes to the corner computer desk, Office Star Products offers a great, trendy, space saving design. They main one I like is upright and comes in three different wood veneers, with silver metal accents and a glass work surface. The hutch offers extra space for storing books, computer programs or other knick knacks.

Next time you are in the market for a great corner computer desk or other office furniture, make sure to check out the company as well as the product. There are many responsible companies out there that produce high quality products for a competitive price, and Office Star Products is just one of them.


Office Chairs Really do Matter

When was the last time you really gave some thought to office chairs? What, you haven't ever given them any thought? Wow, what a shocker! Seriously though, these just are not something people really think about. But they should, because the chair you or your employees use day in and day out has a direct impact on how productive and healthy you or they are.

Many physical problems can be attributed to a bad chair. If your office chairs are lame, then your people are going to be unhappy and agitated. They may not even realize why, but they will be uncomfortable and probably irritated. I discovered that once I put out for a decent chair, my day went a lot smoother. I wasn't as fidgety and annoyed, and my back and neck could not thank me enough.

The thing about good office chairs is that they have lots of adjustment options. Being able to adjust for vertical height is a nice start, but isn't really enough. Once the proper height is set, it's really nice to also be able to adjust the back for forward and back. If you have a chair that doesn't allow for this basic level of adjustment, then you are just asking for trouble. Sitting too far back for hours on end in a chair can create real chronic issues in the neck. Similarly, sitting for a long time in a chair that is too far forward also causes many problems in the lower back and hips.

Something you may not have considered beyond the basic adjustability of up and down and forward and back, is the angle of the seat itself. Good office chairs will give you additional options for setting the seat how you want it. Tip it forward if you desire a greater tilt to the front, and back a bit if you would rather feel more "in" your chair. That's the setting I prefer because I don't like feeling as if my chair is going to tip me out on my nose. Paying attention to preferences like these can only be done if you have the options. Once you are able to try different settings, you will soon discover what a wonderful difference the right chair can make in your day.

Imagine working at your desk all day without feeling irritated or pained by your chair! You come home and don't yell at the kids as much. You sleep better. You feel more in control and powerful while at work. The right chair can be your own little private throne in your own little kingdom. You don't have to settle for some lame chair meant for the common folk. Oh no, you deserve, and can have, more. Celebrate this and absolutely demand that you be given the right chair. You will never regret it, and will have more energy, be more productive, and live a happier life. Office chairs may not be something you think about every day. But you do spend a lot of your day in one, so go for the best one you can find and afford.


How to Choose a Glass Desk

A lot of people choose metal or wood when buying a computer desk. It seems that many folks select a wooden desk over one made of metal due to their more traditional bent. Metallic desks are often regarded as mainly utilitarian in nature. Many people are unaware that they may opt for a glass desk to modernize the overall appearance of their office.

If you want a modern alternative that is also affordable, a desk made of glass may be your best option. These desks come in a variety of styles and have prices to suit the budget of virtually anybody who is seeking a good desk. You may also choose from a broad range of dimensions to fit a home or office of any size.

All glass desks are not made of transparent glass. A wide variety of colors are available that can lend a sleek, sophisticated look to your office. Desks made of black glass are perhaps the most intriguing types of desks that are currently available.

You also have a wide selection of sizes from which to choose. If your primary computer is a laptop model, you might want to select a laptop cart that is completely portable and may be rolled to wherever you want to work. Such desks are adjustable to accommodate all heights and seating areas in which you might want to use them.

Corner desk units are available that feature more desktop space for those with bigger computing needs. A large PC setup will easily fit onto one of these types of desks. Those who do a lot of computer work might need to have multiple screens to work, and a large desk can accommodate this need. You can have as much equipment on it as you may require.

You will also find any size that falls in-between these two extremes. No matter what its size, a glass desk offers lots of class in modern offices. Glass is very versatile and matches any office decor or color scheme.

Many people think that glass is too fragile to hold the weight of a computer or computer monitor. This may be the reason why so many folks choose wood when they buy a desk. In fact, however, desks made of glass are completely safe. When glass is manufactured for use in desks, it is specially tempered for extra strength that can withstand a large amount of mass. A glass desk of solid construction offers as much security for your PC as a comparable wooden desk would.

Price is a final consideration to think about when buying such a desk. You cannot beat the price of desks made of glass. In most cases, desks made of wood typically cost much more than a comparable model made of glass. If you find yourself particularly torn between the choice of buying a glass or a wooden desk, many desks of glass feature drawers and legs that are made of wood. Choosing such a model allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds!


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