Take your spitball firepower to the next level with this guide for constructing a No. 2 Pencil Crossbow, one of many undersized armaments found in John Austin’s must-read new book Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction .
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Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball.
For those familiar with the classic Bic pen’s true function—not as a lackluster writing implement but as the ideal barrel for a middle school-era rubber band shooter—Mini Weapons is the Holy Grail: a beautifully illustrated guide for making all manner of miniature munitions, from slingshots and catapults to mines and bazookas, with supplies that can be found in any household, office, or classroom. You can start turning implements of work into instruments of war by picking up John Austin’s Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction on Amazon and can find more information at JohnAustinBooks.com .
- Pen – 1
- Pencil – 4
- Rubber Band – 7
- Tape – 1
- Wooden Skew (ammo) 1+
The #2 Crossbow is a larger variant of the other bows found in this book. With a structurally solid design and double elastic power, it is equipped to fire large realistic skew arrows. It sports a pen-housing barrel that helps with both accuracy and control.
The Standard Operating Procedure for Inventory Control
Anyone who works in or manages an office understands the importance of maintaining an inventory of office supplies. Nothing brings work progress to a standstill faster than running out of basics like pens, toner cartridges, paper and envelopes. Once you have the supplies on hand, it is important to track spending and usage by following some simple rules of basic office supply management.
Assign Office Inventory Management
One of the first rules of good office inventory management is to ensure it has a manager. Appoint a gatekeeper. Successful maintenance of inventory means knowing what is on hand and how long it has been there, recording the value of the inventory and monitoring where it goes when it leaves the supply area. If you do not have someone monitoring the system, then you will waste time trying to track down supplies and you will never know what is on hand.
Office supplies include many small items that can easily disappear. Inventory should be kept in a secured area with access limited to a few key employees. Keep a log of items dispensed and items replaced.
Use the FIFO Method
FIFO is an acronym for first in, first out. It is an accounting term for reporting the value of inventory and ensures that items purchased first are used first so the value remains accurate. This is also a smart way to prevent inventory from becoming old, stale or obsolete. Items purchased first should be used first.
When replacement inventory is purchased, shelve it behind the older inventory and instruct employees to take supplies from the front. Items with ink can dry out, paper can yellow and equipment parts can become obsolete. Use the FIFO method to reduce waste and keep your inventory fresh.
Leverage Buying to Reduce Costs
One of the tips for effective office supply ordering procedures is to take the opportunity to purchase larger quantities, which translates into discount savings. These savings accumulate quickly when buying the most popular items in bulk. If the purchase of all your office supply needs are awarded to a single vendor, use that buying power to negotiate savings on smaller purchases as well. Take full advantage of rewards programs offered by suppliers.
The office supply business is competitive, so use a bid process to determine which company has the best program for your needs.
Organize Office Supplies Effectively
The key to successful office inventory management is in the organization of the supplies. For a system to be efficient, employees need to be able to access what they need, when they need it. Supplies should be shelved with the most used items at eye level and in easy reach. Stock lesser used items on higher shelves but be sure they are not forgotten.
Post an inventory list of what is stocked and where it can be found. Keep the area clean and orderly. Replace items with enough lead time to keep from running out, especially critical items. Purge obsolete items on a regular basis.
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Cindy Phillips began writing feature articles in 2007 with her work appearing in several regional newspapers. With more than 30 years experience in the corporate arena, her business expertise includes all aspects of marketing and management. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Arts in English education from SUNY New Paltz.
If you’re not inspired, then you’re not productive.
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If your everyday job involves being surrounded by cubicle walls, then we’re talking to you. It’s time to grab the bull by the horns and embrace the challenge of designing and decking out your workspace. In order to give you a hand, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite ideas for transforming your workspace in a snap.
1: Bronze Trash Can
You likely already have a standard-issue plastic trash can under your desk, but this bronze number will be a quick and easy upgrade. Here’s an easy DIY you can try if you want to upgrade your current trash can on your own with decorative paper or removable wallpaper.
2: Desk Plaque
Forget about pro/con lists. Maybe the best way to start making decisions at work is to ask yourself this one simple question: “What would Beyonce do?” This adorable desk plaque will help you remember to channel Bey whenever you need some boss lady inspo.
3: MOMA Snap-It-Up Organizer
Here’s a great alternative to a typical bulletin board. This acrylic display helps you show off your favorite pics, keep track of concert tix or even important memos. If you prefer a traditional bulletin board, here are some great DIY ideas for how you can dress up your bulletin boards with fabric and paint.
4: Desktop Organizer Rise
Here’s a killer way to give yourself a bit more space on your desk, as well as raise up your computer. Place your monitor on top of this rise to get a better bird’s-eye view of your computer, and use the sections to help organize all the stuff on your desk.
5: Pretty Cup
Are you drinking enough water every day? If not, maybe you need to get yourself a cute tumbler to sit out on your desk to remind you to get in your 64 ounces. This adorable cup from ban.do comes in a variety of different sayings. But if you prefer coffee, here are some DIY ideas for making your own mug sleeves.
6: Small Hanging Mirror
Skip a trip to the restroom by putting a mirror up at your desk. You can quickly reapply your lipstick or even just spy on your cubicle mates for fun.
7: Ombre Keyboard Skin
If you want to dress up your computer, keyboard skins are a great way to bring some color into your cubicle. This pink ombre skin will jazz up your space in seconds.