You’ve see the headlines:
New Year’s resolutions--why do they never seem to work? Most of the time we feel like failures or end up rolling over our goals into the next year.
I think we’ve got the wrong idea about New Year’s resolutions. Friends, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Usually something that is voted on, something for which you’ve weighed the pros and cons. There is something finalizing about a resolution-a formal decision you’ve made.
HuffPost blogger Kayla Matthews talks a bit about why not to make resolutions, and I think she’s onto something when she says, “Make Goals When the Time is Right.”
It’s all about readiness for change. The right intentions, motivations, and circumstances have to be present for someone to really make a long-lasting change in their life. If you know losing 50 pounds isn’t realistic, take a baby step. A non-New Year’s resolutioner (yes, I made that term up) would say, “I am going to work at walking every day. I know I won’t some days, and it’s okay. It’s a big change for me, but I’m working up the courage to lose weight. This is my process and it is what works for me, with where I am, and with my current situation.”
Didn’t that feel better than listing a daunting bullet point: “Lose 50 lbs by 12/31/16.?”
Let’s allow for some wiggle room, because life is going to throw us curveballs and lemons and all sorts of miscellaneous headaches. We adapt, we cope, we work with it.
Now, of course goal setting is healthy! No is denying we should work at becoming better versions of ourselves. Some people thrive on rules and deadlines…but what happens when things don’t go quite as planned? Take care of yourself, however that looks for you. Be kind to yourself--I truly believe that is the best thing you can accomplish in 2016.
Cheers to a kinder 2016!
For years, Twist Office Products has been doing a toy drive for the Children of Aunt Martha's Children's Shelter.
The children receiving gifts are children receiving services at the Children’s Reception Center. They range from age 0 – 17, and are referred by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, local police, the juvenile justice system or other child welfare agencies.
Many of these children are entering the child welfare system for the first time. These will be the only gifts they receive this holiday season. Twist is excited to say the toys from the drive were delivered this morning, and nothing fills us with more holiday spirit.
We wish you a very merry holiday season, from our Twist family to yours.
This ingenious guide to holiday party etiquette was created by an employee to make functions, family or not, just a little bit more bearable.
Normally used when vying for a promotion or salary raise, this rubric is a light-hearted attempt to poke fun at the cutthroat competitive nature of moving up in corporate America.Examine it now to facilitate your upward path to party success, and replace "tequila" with "eggnog".
*note some names have been changed
Pentel of America Celebrates It's 50th Anniversary.
Pentel of America was established on Dec. 16, 1965, in Chicago, by Pentel founder Yukio Horie. Its modest product lineup at that time included the Sharp Automatic Pencil,
Hi-Polymer Lead, and the juggernaut writing instrument of the ‘60s, the Pentel Sign Pen. The company was the first Pentel subsidiary outside of Japan and a brand new venture. Fortunately, the company was able to participate in some history-making events that helped it set off on the path to success:
Throughout the years, Pentel has remained the gold standard for quality writing instruments. In fact, Pentel is the only writing instrument manufacturer to ever be awarded the prestigious Deming Prize for manufacturing excellence. It continues to produce pens, pencils, erasers, and art products that consumers love and keep for a lifetime.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Pentel of America from all your friends at TwistOP!
There are a few things you should consider when shipping perishable goods to make sure they arrive intact.
We would like to thank our good friends at 3M, Scotch Brand for sharing these tips with us on their blog
One time, my office holiday party, which I lovingly referred to as "forced family fun," turned out better than I expected. For that day only, the entire office turned into a mini-golf course, with each department hosting their own unique hole and quirky obstacles. My coworkers got into it and got creative, and bonded. Now isn't that what the holidays are all about?
First, you must choose a theme. The theme can be indicative of the atmosphere you want at your party. Choose a holiday movie and set the scene! Or decorate your space to look like with a simple, but splendid winter theme. Maybe you want a dressy black and red affair! Just make sure it's filled with holiday spirit!
Now, the 5 G's...
1. Grub. If it's a more casual atmosphere, have each person bring their favorite holiday baked good. Or host a cookie exchange--each guest brings a dozen cookies and takes home a variety of at least a dozen!
2. Giveaways.Think about drawing for door prizes-everyone loves free stuff. It doesn't have to be big; a bottle of champagne or company T-shirt are just as fun to win as anything.
3. Games & contests. Healthy competition, like my aforementioned mini-golf office experience, is always a good idea. Ugly sweater contest? Gingerbread house making competition? Name that (holiday) tune or (holiday) movie are fun, too!
4. Give back. Have your coworkers band together to collect cans to donate to a local food pantry; better yet, volunteer together! When regular employees or volunteers are traveling for the holidays, places like animal shelters or homeless shelters need extra help.
5. Gift swap. White Elephant exchange, anyone? There are many variations, but the best types involve stealing other's presents. We played a version of this at my old office's holiday party and it would last a couple hours! Add in the holiday fruit punch and beverages and you've got yourself some laughs--and a random gift you never knew you needed!
Oh, and the 6th G---don't be a grinch.
Keeping track of dates and time is important if you want to beat the holiday rush, but equally important is taking advantage of some time saving shortcuts.
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