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Happy holidays!!!

How are you keeping the festive holiday spirit alive in the office? It can be tricky sometimes to decorate with a limited space or a limited wallet.

Here are some of the office ideas we have done here around our Porter’s Office Products work station!

Our furniture specialists pop onto the retail floor several times a day. They decided to hang some garland up with some fairy lights intermixed for some holiday glow!
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What brings the holiday spirit better than a fully decorated Christmas tree? We have loved having this tree in on our retail floor so that everyone always see it. We even stored our employee Secret Santa gifts for one another underneath it for the time before our party!
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A great and inexpensive way to decorate is hanging Christmas ornaments around the office. We hung them from the shelves on the retail floor. It glistened the place up a great deal.
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Something else we enjoyed doing this holiday season was displaying our holiday cards we received from fellow business friends on our warehouse door.
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Of course, we couldn’t do any of this without the Blue Cow stamp of approval! Our little buddy has certainly enjoyed the holiday season thus far!!
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There are also many ideas we have seen that we love to share as well!

One of our absolute favorites is this rendition of Elf on a Shelf! They created Elf bodies out of construction paper and attached their own photos on as well! They move them all around the office and have them act out hilarious winter scenarios. Great idea coming from Seema Adnani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great and simple one is turning your door into a present! We love this idea coming from Nap Time Decorator. It will make anyone feel the holiday spirit as they walk into your “presents”!

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There are so many fun ideas and decorations you can use in your office space. Let us know if you have another idea or something you have already tried!

Together We’re Thankful

A great way to being a sense of unity into the workplace is around the time of Thanksgiving. Everyone is grateful for something!

Something that we like to do here at Porter’s Office Products is to make a gratitude wall. We cut out lots of yellow leaves and leave them in the breakroom for people to write on at their own time. During lunch hours, after work, before work, stopping in for a drink of water, we let people write on these leaves. We were pleasantly surprised that the leaves started filling up the bulletin board and the surrounding wall within the hour! It is continuing to fill up more and more every day.

This has been a great chance for us to reflect on the aspects of our life that we may take for granted. We are especially grateful that we are able to serve those in our community and interact with customers like you each and every day. We wish that you all have a great Thanksgiving and that you will be blessed. You have certainly blessed our lives! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Porter’s Office Products.

 

Showing Gratitude in the Work Place

I think we can all admit that in some job we have felt the “hum-dum” repetition. Everyone wants to look forward to something when heading into work! If you are feeling up for the task, change up the pace and mindset of your work place by showing your coworkers that you are grateful for them.

Here are some ideas of how to do that!

  1. Do a little survey or poll to get to know your coworkers a little better! Take your conversations from “how was your weekend?” to the next level ! From the pole, you can have an idea of something to get them talking.
  2. Send a group email or chat with some work appropriate jokes to bright up everyone’s day! It may even get a stream of jokes going so you can look forward to that every day! One of my favorite places to look for jokes is http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/clean-jokes
  3. If you have some time to spare or you are in need of some unity in your workspace, try a team building exercise! Here are some of our favorites here at Porter’s! http://levymarketingawards.com/2015/08/3-teamwork-games-to-engage-employees-at-work/
  4. Boost their confidence with some motivational messages in places that they frequent. I like to post mine on the bathroom mirrors, computer screens, the water station, and the time clock! This is a great way to make everyone in the office feel great!

               

         

Try it out! When you reach out to brighten others’ days, yours will be brightened as well.

Best Organization Apps

Do you feel like you have a million things to do and keep track of?  Thankfully many people have decided to get over that feeling and make something to help!

Here are the two top rated websites for organizing you work life or your personal life. I used each one for at least a week and took notes on what I liked and disliked about them.

 

 

 

Todoist

  • Premium features comments, alarms,
  • Available with mobile and desktop – syncing to one another
  • Simple looking and allows you to panel them. All tasks, Today, or the Upcoming 7 Days
  • You can set a task to be reoccurring. There is no limit. It can be every Monday, every 15th of the month, every 3 months, etc.
  • You can’t share the list, but you can assign projects to other people. This might be helpful if you are a group leader or team leader. You can keep track of what you assigned to people…but you have to make sure you tell them you assigned them to this task.

 

 

 

 

Wunderlist

  • Share lists with others
  • Not limited and works with multiple platforms like Android, Windows, Linux, Blackberry, etc.
  • Available with mobile and desktop – syncing to one another
  • You don’t have to have premium to add comments, alarms, etc.
  • There are background images on your lists that make it a little prettier to look at
  • You can share this list and have conversations with those group members

 

There are many pros to both apps. I personally prefer Todoist because it fits my work and personal life needs a little better. Let us know what you think! Send us a message on any social media platform or comment below! We’d love to hear what you think.

 

Now, if you are one that likes to keep track of tasks on something tangible and not electronic, we have the goods for you!

Calendars – http://shop.portersop.com/Search?keyword=AAGG52000%2C+AAGPM91707%2C+AAGG52014

Highlighters – http://shop.portersop.com/Search?keyword=highlighters

Tab pens – http://shop.portersop.com/Search?keyword=flag+pens

 

Having Trouble Finding Items on Our Website?

Have you ever ordered a product online in the past and it’s no longer showing up on our website? That product is probably still available for you to buy. Do you want know how to find it? Check through our Quick Order feature.

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This entire blog is devoted to helping you learn how to use Quick Order. It is extremely simple and easy to use. Remember, if you ever have any problems or questions, you can Live Chat with us straight from the website.

In your My Accounts tab, you will find Order History, and that is where you will find the products you have ordered in the past. Find the product that you want and can’t find, and copy or write down the Item Number. The Item Number usually starts with three capital letters and ends with various numbers and/or letters. For example: AVE17012.

On the top right corner of the Porter’s webpage there is a tab labeled Quick Order. When you click on that, a new page will pop up, and on that page there are a few areas where you can type. The left text box is where you can type the Item Number; enter the Item Number for the item you are trying to find and hit the Enter key. Soon you will notice that the item description will show up underneath the Comment/Description text box.

You will now want to save the item as a favorite. The reason for this is so that you won’t need to use Quick Order in the future, because the item will always show up in your favorites instead. To do this, click the Add To Favorites button. If you would also like to order the product at the time, you should click Add To Cart And Save To Favorites.

After clicking the Add To Favorites button, come up with a name for your favorites list and type it into the Favorites List Name text box. (Ex: Desk Supplies, Breakroom, Furniture.) Click the Add to Favorites List button, and the item is now a favorite. If you clicked Add To Cart And Save To Favorite To look at your favorites or change list names, hover over the Favorites tab in the top right corner of the page and click on Manage Favorites Lists. Here you can change list names and find items that you have saved as favorites.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this useful!
Happy Shopping!

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Oh Hiya!

Meg here, and I know just how much work goes into running an office. Not only do you have all the employees, but clients, vendors, property managers and more. Our office administrator is our savior for all these things. Here are a couple reasons we love our office administrator and ways to make their day a little better as we celebrate national Administrative Professionals Day!

Happy Administrator Day via Porters Office Products

  • Gift Shower: A card is a great start, but this year you can take it a step further and throw a little gift shower. The gifts don’t need to be big, even the smallest personalized gifts can make an impact. Whether you have a basket waiting on their desk at the beginning of the day or have various coworkers stop by with little surprises and notes throughout the day, your office administrator will feel appreciated all day long.

 

  • A Day Off: While it may seem that your office work flow will crumble without them at the helm, your office administrator surely deserves a little break! Whether you can manage an afternoon or even a full day, let your office admin schedule some downtime out of the office. You can also surprise them with tickets to an event, a spa pass or a gift certificate for a sweet treat to enjoy during their time off.

 

  • Help Out: Take a day to walk in their shoes! While your whole office appreciates all the work that your office administrator takes on, it’s a different story when it comes to experiencing it yourselves. Create a schedule and have each member of the office sign up to take over or help out with various tasks that your office admin works through daily. Not only will you give them a break, you’ll have a new appreciation for all the hard work they do every day.

 

  • Update Supplies: It may seem like a small gesture but new supplies will make your office administrator’s job easier. A great place to start is by replacing storage boxes or bringing in a few new ones for those stubborn files that need a home. One of my favorites is Bankers Box®. Those boxes get worn out so quickly with every day use and a few new ones will go a long way in making your office administrator’s job a little less stressful. A new set of pens, a stylish new desk organizer, or even a cute new notepad will make a big difference as well.

 

Administrative Professionals Day is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for all that your office administrator does to make each day flow smoothly. With these tips, your office administrator will feel appreciated all day long. I think it’s a great idea to keep that appreciation flowing all year round by remembering to thank them for their hard work each day. If you’re looking for a few other ways to make this day extra special check out these great ideas CLICK HERE.

 

Until next time,

Meg

 

Celebrate Earth Day In Your Office

Oh Hiya!

Meg here and did you know Earth Day is coming right up on April 22nd? We just love celebrating this beautiful world we live in go now. Earth day may be just one day out of the year, but helping the environment should happen every day! Even the office supplies you use can cut down on your waste and carbon footprint. Check out some of my favorite items and tips for keeping green:

Celebrate Earth Day In Your Office

Brown Bag It: Bringing your own lunch each day in reusable containers is a great way to not only stay green in the office but also save some green of your own! Even if it’s called a brown bag lunch, you can keep the environment in mind and use a cute lunchbox instead of paper bag each day.

 

Recycle: You guessed it! Recycling is one of the best ways to keep your office more environmentally minded. I’m sure your team is already great about recycling, but step it up a notch this year and work on recycling everything you can including plastics, paper, cardboard, and glass.

 

Use Recycled Materials: I try to cut back on using paper products but sometimes a sticky note is the best thing for the job. I love these Post-it® Notes Super Sticky Recycled Notes. They come in such cute colors and they’re made from recycled paper; nothing better than that!

 

Cleaning Products: Every office needs to be spring cleaned but it’s a great idea to keep the environment in mind when tidying up. By using green products you’ll have a sparkling office and a sparkling conscience. I use the Green Works® Compostable Cleaning Wipes when I’m cleaning. I love that they’re compostable and the fresh scent is easy on the nose as well!

 

Reuse: There are so many opportunities to reuse supplies in an office! Rather than writing out ideas or a to-do list on paper, I like to use a dry erase board. When I’m finished with a list or project, I can simply wipe it away and reuse the surface. I also prefer to use paper clips instead of staples for organizing documents on my desk. Paper clips are not only reusable but they come in so many cute styles and patterns too.

 

Green Technology: I’ve been guilty of being an energy hog in my office! When it comes to making the office greener, it’s so easy to overlook technology. A great idea for keeping energy levels low is to set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode when you’re away. A dark screen will save more energy than a screen saver. Another idea is to turn off the overhead lights. This works great if you work in an office with quite a bit of natural light. Not only will you save on energy usage, you’ll have the added benefit of extra sunshine!

 

Earth Day is a great time to take a little extra care in celebrating our planet, but with these easy tips you can take care of the environment every day! If you’re looking for a few more ways to keep your office green, take a look at THESE ideas.

 

Until next time,

 

Meg

Say Goodbye To Your Messy Workspace.

Oh Hiya! Meg here, to talk about keeping your office organized! Nothing is worse for productivity than a messy workspace. I know better than anyone how hard it is to get started organizing when you’re looking at a mess, but with these tips I promise you’ll be motivated to get tidy in no time!

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  • Toss It Out- it’s so easy to keep to-do lists, old documents and papers, and even knickknacks for far too long. Take some time to go through the papers, files, and lists on your desk to sort through what you need to keep and what can be tossed out. You’d be surprised at how much neater your space can look after a good deep clean!

 

  • Check that Schedule- I’ve found myself writing one too many sticky notes with dates and times for important meetings. Pretty soon, I’ve run out of free space at my desk! Take care of those sticky notes in a snap with this adorable At-A-Glance Monthly Desk Pad Calendar (AAGDMD16632). Of course, I picked out the one with the adorable puppies for my desk.

 

  • Desktop Redesign- Chances are, it’s been a while since you’ve reorganized your desktop. Take a minute to re-organize, and redesign if you will, your desk. Switch things around to create a space that feels new and you’ll be motivated to keep it looking great. I’ve just put a new organizer, the Bankers Box Stor/Drawer Steel Plus (FEL-00311), on my desk to store my mail and loose papers and it’s made such a difference!

 

  • Don’t Forget the Drawers- It’s easy to focus on the surface and forget about the drawers at your desk. This is a full cleaning of your space, so buckle down and sort through your drawers. It can help to use drawer organizers to keep wayward paperclips, staples, and sticky notes in their place.

 

  • Keep a List- Keep a single list of all the things you have to do each day. Whether it’s a notepad or a single sheet of paper, you’ll stay organized and on task when you have a list and a neat desk. I’ve found I’m more motivated to jot down a note if I have a smooth writing pen, like the MR Gel Ink Pen, from the Animal Collection (PIL91234). I chose the White Tiger print, to add some pizzazz to my pen!

 

Now it’s time to congratulate yourself! Organizing your workspace is no easy feat, but after you’ve conquered this list, I’m confident you can take on anything. Enjoy your new workspace and remember; a clean desk is a productive desk.

100 Year Anniversary

Untitled design (3)Wow, we almost can’t believe it – this year, Porter’s is celebrating our 100 year anniversary! A full century in business, and we couldn’t have done it without you, our fabulous and loyal customers. To celebrate, let’s take a quick look back at how it all started:

Porter’s History

Porter’s Office Products was founded in 1915 by Arthur Porter. The business started as a variety store, which housed a printing business and local newspaper. We grew quickly and in the 1970’s, Arthur’s son, Warren recognized a growing demand for commercial office supplies. He began catering to this market and delivering supplies to businesses in the region.

In 1998, Warren’s grandson Mark joined the family business to run the commercial office supply division. In 2001, a new building was purchased to expand the operation, which gives us the Porter’s Office Products we know today. We are proud to say the business has remained in the family for its entire history.

Others Turning 100
We’re in good company! Here are a few others celebrating their 100th birthday this year:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park. This Colorado wilderness haven celebrates its centennial through September 4, 2015.
  • The Coke Bottle. Its original design patent was granted in 1915, and the iconic bottle is still around today.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood. The studios originally opened on March 15, 1915.
  • Frank Sinatra. The late, legendary crooner was born on December 12, 1915.
  • Maybelline. The cosmetic empire was founded in Chicago in 1915.

We may be 100, but we’re still young at heart. Here’s to another 100 years.

Blue Cow Stories

I am getting married this coming winter and last weekend went with a few friends to look at a few wedding dresses. I didn’t really know what I was looking for and wanted to stay local, so we decided to look into The Circle of Love in downtown Rexburg.

We loved the atmosphere and feel of the bridal shop. The attendants made sure that we were taken care of but also allowed me time to try on the dresses and feel comfortable in the store. We ended up not picking a dress out that day, but still left with a great feeling about the store and how they had made us feel welcome while there.

As the wedding dress hunt became more serious, I had the opportunity to go to many other stores to look at possible dresses. I could never find what I wanted and in a few stores was very disappointed with the service. The sales associates only seemed interested in earning the commission and not truly helping me find my dress. Because of these feelings, and previously experiencing The Circle of Love, we decided to return to Rexburg and look at a few more wedding dresses at The Circle of Love.

Once again, we were treated with respect throughout our time there and were impressed with the customer service we received. I loved the small town feel of the store, yet they still had reasonable prices and an incredibly friendly staff. Happy to report, I chose a fabulous dress from The Circle of Love that made me feel radiant and perfect on my special day. I will always recommend The Circle of Love to friends and family because of how they treated me and how much they cared. They were a great example of what pristine customer service should look like.

– Submitted by Maddie Johnson