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Using Binder Clips: Using Paper Clip: Using toilet paper roll: Some cables are one time use and may be does't required to be plugged in always. In these cases we can remove from the socket and organize like this. Using Bread sealer: Using Magnets Using Lego: Using Business Card: Punch holes in the old business card and cut small passage for inserting ...


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To have speakers audible by you, and not others implies either that you have the volume turned down so that due to sound volume diminishing with distance it blends in before reaching others, or use of active cancellation. However active cancellation requires to phase shift one of two channels, and when done using speakers wave theory implies that at other ...


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You can use one of these light-switch guards designed to cover the switch while still allowing deliberate access: Ironically, these are commonly called "child-proof switches"… although I'll leave any workplace jabs about that to you. Product Search: Child-Proof Light Switches


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The connection between the wire and the connector is a very high-stress area, so the degree of flex the wire experiences at that point is substantial. Better-quality cables will typically include a rubberized extension along that connection to spread out the load, but if that does not solve your problem, you can make a more substantial reinforcement yourself....


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Might want to take a look at Bone Conducting Headphones They're basically what you're looking for. I'm very tempted to get a pair for myself.


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Here's the strategy I've been using so far: Get a large bulldog clip and clip it onto the desk edge. Pull one of the silver arms up, slip your cable through the larger gap in the middle towards the main clip body, and flip the silver arm back down; voilà, instant cable retractors! Caveat: You might not be able to find a bulldog clip large enough if your ...


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Rubber-band get sticky because they oxidize. A similar question was asked on physics: Is there any way to increase a rubber-bands lifetime? It has a very good answer, but to summarize it: "Keep them in a dark and cool place (away from light and oxygen as much as possible)".


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If you have any non-rubber soled shoes, that's going to be an easy place to start. You don't want to be insulating yourself from the ground if you can help it. As far as clothing, try not to wear as many layers. You'll generate buildup more easily if you have various fabrics rubbing all over each other. I've been told to prefer cotton, but I don't know ...


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If a non-accessible power outlet is the only option you have, I recommend you invest in a short extension cord, just long enough to reach from the original outlet to the floor (to allow the plugged end to lay on the floor instead of hanging and putting unnecessary stress on the original outlet). You can look into premade cords or craft exactly the preferred ...


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Just don't pick him next time. Pick someone else, and perhaps even point out to the person you pick that it would be good to see the duties rotate throughout the group. Yes, you run the risk that if anyone in the future chooses him, he might then choose you. But you just go choose someone else (not the person who chose him) in the hope of getting the chains ...


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You can see if you can get a seat mat made from bamboo, like this one They work well for keeping your body cool.


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If you're in the middle of a fire, you shouldn't be posting on Lifehacks SE, you should be evacuating the building. (joke) The general rule is, only fight a fire if it's either quite small, or you need to do so to clear an evacuation route. That said, if you were trapped by a fire and the only extinguisher in reach had this problem, you'd need some kind ...


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What causes cables to fall behind the desk once unplugged? The weight of the cable is sufficient to drag the cable down because there isn't enough friction between the portion of the cable on top of the desk and the desk surface. I do IT work and often unplug everything and take the laptop/tower from the user's desk, but I don't want to fish around for ...


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I use a wooden spoon that I cut down to suit my window - see picture. The hole in the end of the spoon goes over the window handle so it can't fall out. For your window it probably wouldn't need to be cut down.


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Rubber bands become brittle with age due not so much because of oxidation but rather due to evaporation of volatiles in the rubber/plastic material. These volatiles are parts of the plastic/rubber material that keep them soft and flexible, and the loss of them cause them to become stiff and break. Keeping rubber bands in unopened or otherwise airtight ...


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To discharge your static potential without shocking yourself, take a coin from your pocket and touch it to a metal doorframe or other ground.


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You can give every employee 2 or 3 towels for free. The catch is that they have to wash them themselves, and they have to remember to bring them to the gym. Most employees will see the gift as generous, and although it may be a large one-time expense for the company, it's a lot cheaper than washing all those towels every day or week. EDIT: To keep your ...


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I have for many years carried a Cross pen in one pocket or another. During dry seasons I've learned to pull it out and carry it in my hand along with mugs, papers and anything else. One zap is all I need each season to remind me it's time to bring out the pen. I'm just using the metal pen to say "Good Morning" to everything I go to pick up as I go through ...


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The cooling system is there for the general benefit of all the people you share an office space with; shutting it off, reducing the flow, or altering the temperature of the flow will cause your work peers more discomfort I recommend that you (request to) move your desk, or (request to) fit something to the outlet that will diffuse the airflow/send it ...


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Is it one specific area or the whole office? If whole office, you are at the whim of your colleagues, boss or HR. If localized ... The office thermostats are often thought of as placebo devices or "broken". But in our large open office (5000+ sq ft floor plate), they had 1 thermostat per damper, each zone covering about 400 sq. ft. Having one thermostat ...


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You could put non-slip rubber "feet"/tape on the bottom of the console/base of the telephone to help it hold its position when sitting on its support. A small square pad of non-slip shelf drawer liner (cut to fit with scissors) under the telephone will also help hold it from moving. You could reuse an old Yoga or fitness mat as a non-slip pad under your ...


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I had this problem many years ago and my solution was good old blu-tack. In my experience, most offices have it in stationery - or it's very cheap to buy if you get it yourself. I would recommend rolling out a long "sausage" which is 1 or 2mm larger in diameter than the height of the feet from the base (likely about 4 or 5mm). Make the sausage long enough ...


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You could try bone conduction headphones instead of usual ones. Those conduct the sound not by air but through the bones of your skull, thus leaving your ears free to hear your surroundings. I personally don't have any experience with them but the technology seems to already be quite mature based on the Amazon ratings.


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When I was renting my old house I wanted to use one of the guest bedrooms as an office. I didn't want to use one of those plastic mats for my office chair and the floor was a bit unlevel at the wall so my desk was going to be tilted backward. Since I was renting the house I couldn't tear out the carpet or get the floor fixed, so I decided to build a ...


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You could always keep your bottle on a small brick inside a bowl with water in it. Think of it like a moat for a castle. The would drown in the bowl's water before they get to your bottle. This isn't meant for this purpose, but is kind of similar to what I envisioned. This is not a product endorsement.


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The long term solution would be to have building maintenance move the switches. I've seen that done, but how long it takes probably depends heavily on how much rent your employer pays and how important your department is within the organization. A more immediate solution would be to install a shield over those switches that are to remain on while the ...


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It is possible to focus ultrasound so that non-linear effects make audible sound at the focal point. These speakers are used in retail advertisement, museums, libraries etc. where limiting the range of sound is important. So theoretically, it would be possible to have localized sound without headphones, but practically the sound is far from high fidelity ...


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I have a coffee machine that uses "pods" and we have an honesty box for the cost of each pod. This may not be able to be done in other workplaces as we have a company culture that makes honesty boxes less of a risk, there is over £20 in the honesty box at times.


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If someone wants to make coffee, they use their own K cup. They can keep a box of their favorite in their desk or bring in a K cup in their pocket every day. If they forget to bring one in, they can ask a friend to sell them one.


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Ground yourself as frequently as possible to release the built-up static electricity: If your desk has metal legs, touch one of the legs whenever you get up from or sit down at your desk. The windowed meeting room (??) on the left of the picture has a metal frames that reach the floor. Touch those as you pass by. If doors have metal frames, touch them as ...


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