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OFM release 2.24

February 24, 2012

This Leap Day, Organize Your Office
OFM shares five tips to create a more productive workspace

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.--OFM, a leading office and school furniture manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler, is sharing its five tips on how workers can make the most out of Leap Day, the extra day on February 29, and organize their office to create a more productive workspace.

“No one likes to take time out of their workweek to clean and organize their desk, even though it will help you be more productive and happier in the long run,” said Blake Zalcberg, chief operating officer of OFM. “That’s why we recommend you do it on Leap Day, that one extra day we get every four years. If you can’t organize when you literally have an extra day, when will you?”

Zalcberg and OFM’s staff of office furniture professionals shared these five tips for creating a productive workspace:

1. Clean your desk.
Many people have a tendency to stack papers and other work materials in little piles around their desks, which can be helpful for a little while. But if those piles are for projects that are finished, file them or throw them away.

2. Keep it close.
For paperwork that you need to reference frequently, consider a rolling file pedestal, such as one of these four models from OFM- Put really important files in a red folder at the near end of the drawer for quick reference.

3. De-clutter.
hat novelty softball with a vendor’s logo on it? The old mug with a broken handle? All those extra pens? You don’t need them. If you aren’t going to use something on a regular basis, it’s just clutter. Throw it away.

4. Get virtually tidy.
Don’t forget your computer. Too many people work off of desktops full of dozens of icons for old spreadsheets and documents. If you don’t want to spend time organizing them, just put them all in a single folder and keep your desktop clear.

5. Wipe it down.
Bring a spray bottle of a common household cleaner to work. Not only will it keep your desk germ-free to wipe it down from time to time, but it will also remind you to keep your desk clear enough that you can.

“A clean desk means fewer distractions and it makes it easier to find important documents. It also subconsciously makes you feel good about your environment which can lead to increased productivity,” said Zalcberg. “You can spend at least a third of your day at your desk. It should feel like a good place to be.”

About OFM, Inc.
Founded in 1995, OFM is a leading office and school furniture manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler with headquarters in Holly Springs, N.C. and operations in Phoenix, Ariz., and Taiwan. OFM contracts with manufacturers in Mexico, Taiwan and China to design furniture and products that meet the highest industry standards. It specializes in providing affordable, quality furniture through a dealer network to businesses, government offices, health care and educational facilities. OFM products are sold through a variety of retailers, mail-order catalogs and online dealers including, Corporate Express, and National Business Furniture.

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