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ABI Office Furniture has 4 brand new desks that we are selling as showroom closeouts at huge discounts.  These desks can be picked up from our San Diego showroom or we can quote you for a local delivery in San Diego County.

The first office desks San Diego is a brand new Hon "Foundation" 36" x 72" desk with locking box/file drawer pedestals on either side, in pinnacle laminate.  The list price on the desk is $848 and we usually sell it discounted at $507. One only available for only $199.  

We also have the same 36" x 72" Hon Foundation desk only with a 24" x 48" return, which can be positioned on either side.  The list price is $1,056 and we normally sell it discounted to $497.  However, we are closing it out for only $299.  And, there is a minor flaw in the top that is barely visible so we are throwing in a leather desk pad to over the spot for FREE.  (Desk pad value is $170!)    

Also featured is the very stylish Fulcrum desk series by OFM.  It is a 30" x 72" desk with a 24" x 48" return which can be positioned on the left or right side.  The O-legs are silver with a "mocha" laminate top and included is a white mobile box/file drawer pedestal.  This desk set lists for $1,500 and we normally sell it for $899.  However the one showroom piece is being closed our for only $299

Finally, our best value is the Hon Concinnity L-unit with a hutch spanning the 30" x 72" desk and 24" x 48" return.  The set features mocha laminate with a white top and doors.  Also included are a tackboard, task light, a couple of storage units and a monitor arm mounted on the main desk. This desk set lists for over $6,720 and we normally sell it for $3,300.  It is on closeout for only $399!!  

Please contact us for more information at 858-549-3355 or email info@abiofficefurniture.com

Our web site is www.abiofficefurniture.com and visit the "Showroom Closeout" portion.

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For Small Offices, a Little Thought Goes a Long Way Posted on: 8.27.18

When planning for your small office, the two most important considerations are thoughtful design and smart organization. Here are a few tips on both.

Give Your Small Space Big Personality
Just because your office is small doesn’t mean it should be a shrinking violet. Bold design choices may seem like an odd choice when you don’t have a lot of square footage, but standout accents can paradoxically open up a small space. Here are a few ideas:

1. Bold Color
Every inch counts in a small office. Adding some visual energy to your space can actually help it feel more spacious and more energizing to work in. Consider painting one wall a bright green, blue, orange, or whatever fits your color palette. If painting the walls isn’t an option, hang a colorful print or poster, or install LED up-lighting to shed some colorful light on an otherwise plain wall.

2. Light-reflecting Accents
Pale colors in furniture and work surfaces reflect light and make the space seem larger. The Sadie 5-thirteen chair, made of white bonded leather, is a stylish choice that offers a sense of spaciousness to any office.

3. Lighting Makes All the Difference
Don’t forget to carefully plan your lighting. It’s especially important if you have little or no natural light. Make sure you have bright lighting for tasks that really need it. Reduce eye strain by installing subdued back-lighting on your monitors and make sure to have general lighting to brighten the whole space.

Organize, Organize, Organize
The key to making any small space work is smart organization. When organizing your small office, keep the following in mind:

1. Be ruthless about clutter
The first place to start with any office organizing scheme is getting the clutter under control. Purge as much as you can and create a system to deal with everything that comes in to your office. A simple in-box and filing system are a great place to start.

2. Before asking where something goes, ask how often you use it
This is the first question to ask when organizing and storing your office supplies. Keep the most frequently used items at hand and store less-frequently used items away from precious desktop space.

3. For more storage space, look up
Don’t forget vertical spaces when you need more storage. While covering all of your walls in shelving could lead to a claustrophobic feeling, utilizing one to-the-ceiling shelving unit will give you prime storage space.

4. Contain the clutter
While it’s almost impossible to keep surfaces clutter-free, containing your clutter can go a long way towards cutting down on the distraction of visual clutter. Utilize baskets and drawers to contain smaller items and make it easier to move them out of the way when you need more desk space to spread out for a project.

Source

1. https://www.wsj.com/articles/small-office-big-impact-how-to-project-authority-creativity-13824854282. https://lifehacker.com/5617732/how-to-make-the-most-of-a-small-workspace
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This’ll only take a minute...

It’s a fact of modern office life, especially if you are in an open office—interruptions. Whether it’s from people or the incessant notifications from your various devices, there are multiple interactions vying for your attention at any one time. So, how do you handle it? Could you be handling it better?

A. Emails, emails, and more emails
How often do you check yours?:

  • 1. Every time I’m pinged
  • 2. Every time I’m pinged
  • 3. I set aside a few dedicated times a day to check and answer email

B. Drop-ins
You’re deep in a project. You’re finding your groove and it’s all falling into place when “Hey, have you got a minute?” one of your co-workers stops by for a chat, or a question, or some important bit of information you need to finish that project. How do you usually handle it?

  • 1. I drop everything, of course
  • 2. I tell them I can’t talk right now, but let’s set up a time later in the day to chat
  • 3. They tell me it’s something I must know immediately. I say “ok, give me a moment,” then jot down a quick “ready-to-resume” plan for my project before giving my co-worker my full attention

C. The Interrupter Within
It could be the most insidious distraction of all: your own monkey mind. Say you are working on a necessary but rather tedious project. Several “important” alternate activities and ideas occur to you. How do you handle it?:

  • 1. Well, that online shopping cart isn’t going to fill itself
  • 2. I jot down my brilliant but not-relevant-to-the-task-at-hand ideas and promise I will return to them at a more appropriate time
  • 3. I set a fifteen minute timer and just dive in to the project I’m trying to avoid

D. Attitude
How you think about interruptions in general can impact their effect on you. How do you usually react and respond to interruptions?

  • 1. I get extremely annoyed
  • 2. I accept that they’re a part of work and try to deal with them as gracefully as possible
  • 3. I accept that they’re a part of work and put a little wiggle room in my schedule to account for their inevitable appearance

Scoring
Give yourself

  • “1” for every “1” answer
  • “2” for every “2” answer
  • “3” for every “3”

Add up the results and check out the number key below to discover whether you are the master of interruptions or if they are the master of you:

4-6: Time to set some boundaries. You are the master of your own time. There are ways to take the reigns back without insulting your co-workers or sucking the joy out of your life.

7-10: Not bad. But there’s always room for improvement, and it looks like you may have a few energy leaks in your interruption management system. Check out the tips below for how to take back the time and concentration that’s slipping away.

11-12 You are a master of time, attention and flow. For additional insight as to why your style works so well, or to get additional tips to keep it flowing, see below.

A. Emails, emails, and more emails
Setting aside specific times to handle emails is known as “batching” and can save a lot of frittered-away time. Pick two or three times a day where you’ll handle email for 20 minutes to a half hour. Optimal times are late morning (around 11am), early afternoon (3pm) and before you leave for the evening. This ensures that you will keep up with your email without it taking over your workday.

B. Drop-ins
Communicating and being direct is usually the best way to deal with unwanted office visitors. Your co-workers will understand, they almost surely deal with the same types of interruptions as you. But if you absolutely must attend to your visitor and what they have to say, give yourself a “ready to resume plan”—this is just a few notes about what you were doing and where you were in your project that will help you resume and get back in the flow much more quickly.

D. The Interrupter Within
No matter the reason you’re avoiding your work, ignoring it won’t make it go away. Have a plan for minimizing temptations, like closing your browser if you don’t need the internet for your work, or temporarily turning off your phone. Jotting down any brilliant ideas you have for later will ease your anxiety over “losing” them. If you just can’t get going, do what you can to break the project down into smaller pieces, and commit to focusing on just one for fifteen minutes. Set a timer. Usually once you get going, you’ll have your momentum, and you’ll want to finish.

C. Attitude
The most important thing to remember about interruptions is that they are going to happen. While there are certainly times that they become so frequent you want to blow your top, it’s generally better to just accept that they are part of office life, and that leaking your energy by being constantly annoyed with them is neither productive nor healthy. Cultivating a more matter-of-fact attitude about their existence will go a long way towards neutralizing their power to derail you. True interruption masters take it a step further and actually schedule interruptions into their day by putting extra “wiggle room” around tasks. And if they don’t show up and you’re left with extra time? Well, that online shopping cart isn’t going to fill itself…

Source

1. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/better-way-deal-those-constant-interruptions-ncna8497362. https://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/04/17/how-to-manage-and-minimize-workplace-interruptions/#1cf69af91652
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How Fun at Work Can Make
You Smarter

The word has been getting out—having fun at work has been linked to increases in productivity, higher job satisfaction, reduced stress and enhanced motivation. But did you know it can also make employees smarter?

Fun Leads to More Effective Learning
“Informal learning” is the way employees pick up new skills outside of structured and classroom forms of learning. It’s what takes place when employees pick up new skills and knowledge from their co-workers, or when they are learning new things independently at their desk. A recent study has discovered a link between informal learning and having fun at work.

A Fun Environment Makes You Feel Safer to Try New Things
The study’s authors found that employees in fun work environments are less stressed about trying new things and making mistakes. This leads to greater creativity and growth. A fun atmosphere also contributes to better resiliency and optimism, which improves attention on tasks.

Fun Can Bring Workers Together
Fun can create comradery among employees, bringing them closer together, and making them more likely to help each other, share their skills and teach one another. Better connections leads to stronger teams.

Humans Run on Fun
The most important thing to consider when setting the tone in your office is the needs of human capital. No matter how many machines you have in your office and how vital they are to your output, it’s your human resources that give you a unique edge and make what you have to offer meaningful to your customers——other human beings. Humans are inherently social, and need fun to offset the stress we face every day. Melting it away with a bit of fun makes for a more efficient, creative, positive workplace.

So when time spent having fun at work seems like time wasted, remember the resulting benefits prove it’s anything but.

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