Sunday, November 23, 2014

title pic Personal Planner Giveaway

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on November 17, 2014

Organisation is not my strong point! I’m a bit dippy! I never know where my mobile phone is. I’m the mum running into school with her child’s packed lunches at 11am as I wasn’t organised enough to make them the night before and realise my fridge was empty. I do wonder sometimes how I get out of bed in the morning let alone run a small business and care for 3 children and Daddy Moo! I NEED a diary that I carry everywhere. One with space for school information, activities, blog content (if you have deadlines for articles etc), events and meetings. Last year the lovely team at Personal Planner sent me a lovely planner for 2014 and it’s amazing!  These planners are totally customisable, from the size, shape, colour and exactly what information is inside I filled the back pages with a year to view calender and some colouring pages for Olive (they came in really handy). I used two images of the Moo’s looking at fur seals at Living Coasts – two images that I love.

The exciting part is actually putting the diary together. Now Olive is at pre-school 3 days a week and starting school in September I knew I didn’t need the colouring in pages as those days she’s home I don’t work. Therefore I went for extra lined pages for note writing. I’d also not written at all on the year to view calender instead I’d written 2015 notes on the last page of December, so I scrapped the year to view calender in favour of lined and squared pages for taking notes.

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On the pages themselves I went for the same layout as last year I don’t like each day split into times so its just lined for my use. I choose a different colour scheme inside. Also along the bottom you have various choices, I went for a similar layout of notes and to do boxes but took away the Pre-School box as Olive isn’t doing a mix of sessions now and has a much better routine.

It remembered all my birthdays and put them in automatically for me.  For 2015 I choose 2 images from our holiday to DisneyLand Paris of us as a family. I did this to remind myself why I work so hard and what great things I have paid for from it. Hopefully 2016 will have an equally awesome holiday snap on it!  This really is a really useful diary for set up for small business owners especially those with children as you can totally make it do what you want.

The lovely team at Personal Planner have given us one to give away. All you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter details below. The competition will run for 10 days. Good Luck!!

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title pic Employees are costing UK businesses in ink!

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on November 11, 2014

I work from home which leads to a blurring of personal printing and business printing costs.  I’m not organised enough to have a separate printer or calculate the cost of printing to determine which are personal which are business. Megan uses the printer a lot to make things with twinkl resources and for homework – I’m guessing she should pay for these expenses ;) All joking aside did you realise that employees are costing UK businesses at least £40 million a year by printing personal documents at work?

TonerGiant.co.uk undertook this research and have a great infographic on their website but here are a few of my personal favourite findings.

  • 79% of surveyed employees in the UK admit to using the printer at work for personal use which is approximately four in five workers
  • Average office worker prints 25 sheets a day (25 sheets!! What of?!)
  • Research found that of the 79% who admitted to printing personal documents, 9% said that they do this at least once a day
  • 15% admit using the office printer to print off CV for job hunting 

I’m guessing if you get to the point whereby you print 25 sheets of personal work including your CV then er …. you’re in the wrong job and have little or no respect left for your employer/business anymore!  I’d certainly not like to be employing you!

The research is a clear indication of  the lack of control that many businesses have with regards to printing, with 69% of organisations admitting that they don’t know how much printing actually costs them. Ink and toner costs are said to be the hardest to measure and I for one can vouch for that as I sometimes pick mine up in the supermarket and then forget to use that receipt.

Personal printing is just one area of needless ink/toner and paper wastage. Being a bit greener, such as printing on both sides of the page every time, and investing in the latest printer technology, or using black and white instead of colour are just some of the measures that businesses can take to reduce their personal printing and other types of printer wastage. At home we also shred unwanted used paper as it makes great compost or put it in your recycling bin.

Are you guilty of partaking in a spot of personal printing at work?

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