That handy paperclip in your office drawer enjoys its own special holiday on May 29. Paper Clip Day. The origins of this simple invention are a matter of debate. Some contend that Johan Vaaler, a Norweigan, invented the first clip in 1899. Unknown to Vaaler, the Gem Company in England was already producing the double-looped paperclip recognized by us today.
Even more marvelous than the origins of this ubiquitous device is the story of Kyle MacDonald and his one red paperclip. In less than one year, MacDonald traded his red paperclip for a variety of random things until he ended up with a house! Included in his swaps were a pen, a hand-sculpted doorknob, a snowmobile, a van, an afternoon with rock and roll singer Alice Cooper and a roll in a movie. This all started in 2005. At last he ended up with a small house on Main Street in Kipling, Saskatchewan in Canada in 2006. Imagine what he could have ended up with if he had started with a stapler.
For those of you who work out of a home office, now's the time to get clean. With June bearing down, take a weekend or more to streamline your home office so there will be more time for summer fun.
1. Start with your papers - you really don't need all of it. Figure out what needs to be saved for tax time and for how long. Shred anything that is linked to your identity and recycle the rest. File folders will make finding things a snap.
2. De-clutter - remove everything that doesn't belong in your office. Clothes, toys, photos - return it to the right place or owner.
3. Empty your drawers and files - shred, recycle and start a pile for duplicates. Do you really need three staplers?
4. Storage - if you don't have enough drawers or files make your own. Cups are great for pencils and pens. Clipboards can make great use of wall space - time to get creative.
5. Clean - yes from the ceiling to the floor. Amazing how much space there is when your desk and chairs are not covered in paper.
6. The proper chair - yes, if you are spending any amount of time in there you must think about comfort. How's your lighting? Think about what you need so you can be more productive.
7. Add a personal touch - family pictures, calendars are what makes it a home office.
Women are starting companies at a sizzling pace. The number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. rose by 68 percent in the last 17 years according to an analysis of Census Bureau figures. This is compared to a 47 growth rate of all new companies in the same period. Amazing? Yes.
Some say the increase is because of the recession and the difficult job market. Others say it's a great career move for many women who are looking for entrepreneurship in their professional lives.
Bank of America released some interesting statistics of a survey they recently conducted. Seventy percent of the women owners expect their revenue to rise over the next year, compared to 66 percent of men. Fifty-six percent of women plan to hire in the next year, compared to 50 percent of men. And 68 percent of women plan to expand their companies, compared to only 63 percent of men. I like those women-owned percentages.
May is a special month for women-owned small businesses and Twist OP would like to thank all of our customers - we're growing
Doing yoga in the office can be fun, innovative and relaxing with many long term benefits. Prolonged work on the computer strains the neck, shoulder and back muscles, which leads to tension and stiffness. Unless attended to properly, it could impact your ability to function effectively at the workplace, affecting your overall quality of life. Office yoga comprises of a sequence of simple exercises you can perform quite unobtrusively at your desk, at any time of the day.
Making office yoga exercises a part of your routine can work wonders as they wipe away body pain, fatigue and tension and increase overall muscle strength and flexibility, keeping you fresh and revitalized through the day. Here are six (6) exercises that don’t demand much time, and can be done in spurts throughout the day, sparing you from unnecessary discomfort in the long run.
Suggestion: If you are wearing tight, uncomfortable footwear remove them before starting the stretches. You may also wish to loosen your tie and belt.
1. Forward Bend – eases tension in upper back and neck.
Breathe in and as you bend forward breathe out and let your head and arms hang over your knees. Relax into the position and hold for a few seconds while breathing normally. Breathe in as you slowly come back up to seated position.
2. Spinal Twist – increases circulation and flexibility in the spine.
Sit facing forward place your left hand on the outside of your right knee. Place your right arm over the back of the chair. Breathe in and breathe out as you twist to the right. Turn your head as well. Push against your right knee to create more leverage. Breathe normally and hold the position. Release slowly and come back to facing forward and repeat on the opposite side.
3. Side Stretch – increases flexibility of the spinal column, improves respiration, and reduces waistline.
Sit facing forward with feet slightly apart, breathe in, and raise your arms out to the sides. Breathe out and bend to the left, reaching toward the floor with your left hand and your right hand pointing toward the ceiling. Breathe in come back to starting position. Repeat with your right side.
4. Knee Squeeze – relaxes lower back, improves digestion and respiration.
Breathe out completely then breathe in with both hands around the front of your knee pull your knee to your chest, while holding the in breath. Lower your head to your knee hold for a few seconds and release slowly while breathing out. Repeat with your right side.
5. Leg Lifts – strengthen legs and lower back, and improves circulation to your legs and feet.
Sit and hold each side of the chair for balance. Breathe out and breathe in as you lift your straightened left leg and flex your foot. Hold for a few seconds and then slowly breathe out while lowering your leg. Repeat the same for your right leg.
6. Sun Pose – improves circulation to your head, massages internal organs, and limbers your spine and hips.
Sit back in the chair with legs apart and arms by your side. Breathe out completely then breathe in and with a sweeping motion bring your arms up over your head. Look up and stretch. Breathe out while bending forward between your legs and if you can put your palms on the floor. Slowly breathe in while raising back up with arms over head again, then lower your arms to the side.
Small businesses enrich their local communities by creating jobs, building economies, giving to charities and so much more. Despite being called “small,” we know that small business is big business in the US and abroad. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small company, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.(1)
No wonder we have a whole week dedicated to all the awesome ways small businesses improve communities all over the US.
How much impact does a small business really have? Turns out, a whole lot. See the infographic below for 10 facts about small businesses. Then go hug a small business owner today!
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To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you should head out for some tacos and margaritas tonight. Be prepared for long lines, but if you stop at the following two restaurants, the wait will be worth it.
For those of you in Chicago, our favorite place for tacos is Big Star. Located at 1531 N. Damen, their tacos are out of this world. They are always open late and when it finally warms up - they have a great patio.
For those of you in the twin cities, try our favorite El Taco Riendo, located at 2416 Central Ave. NE in Minneapolis. Their tacos, chimi's and enchiladas are also out of this world.
We learned last year to celebrate Cindo de Mayo a few days early or a few days late. Our wait was hours long, and we gave it up when it started to rain. Yes, we were standing in line outside. We ended up at an Irish place, serving tacos and that well deserved margarita.
April was a doozy, huh? So glad that it's May. Why you ask?
. April showers bring May flowers
. May Day yesterday means summer is on it's way
. Cinco De Mayo - I'm thinking we should talk tacos on Monday?
. National Teacher Day
. Lot's of May birthday's around Twist OP
. Mother's Day - start thinking about it now...
. Armed Forces Day - we should say thanks every day!
. Memorial Day - the unofficial start of summer
So, out with April and in with May. Flowers, green grass, tacos, red, white and blue!
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