Okay, so here are the facts: Sitting for extended periods of time can result in up to a 20% drop in "good" cholesterol. Other problems? Well, they are a-plenty. Take a look*:
Many studies believe that there is a reduced chance of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, which can all be linked to sitting for long periods of time. So go ahead, get up, stand up... stand up for your life!
Experts agree that 10,000 steps a day promotes good health. Some ways to keep moving during the work day:
It's almost a no-brainer. When sitting and slumped in front of a computer all day, your ability and desire to interact with others is dramatically reduced, as is, some believe, your creativity. When opting for a standing solution throughout the day, you'll be moving around more and engaging more frequently.
The benefits of feng shui are real. Click on the infographic to learn how to transform your work space from zzzzzzz (yawn) to zen. Or let's be honest, you are busy at work and don't have time to read the infographic. No worries, I'll summarize it for you:
Have a happy and healthy week!
Back-to-School season is a good time of year for all of us to get organized. I took the liberty (and channeled my former office worker self) to interview my friend, Hannah, who also happens to be a professional organizer. Did you know there was such a thing?! For those of us who are not-so-organizationally or spatially inclined, or are just plain messy, Hannah offers some great tips for my "duh" sounding questions:
Me: I can't even see my desk because it's covered in stuff. Where/how do I start?
Hannah: Start by sorting the easiest pile for you to trash or shred. This will make you feel accomplished so you avoid getting overwhelmed and quitting halfway through the organizing project. I suggest finding a clear spot on your desk or the floor to lay your papers into categories as you sort. This will help you visually see what you have before you start creating a filing system. Be sure that your file categories make sense for your specific paper needs, and label your folders clearly.
Me: Soooo much paper--how do I keep it in order?
Hannah: Once you get a filing system set up and all of your papers in order, spend 5 minutes every day sorting and filing your current papers. That way you won't get overwhelmed with growing piles of paperwork on your desk. I suggest keeping a stapler handy to attach groups of papers as soon as you get them so they are sure to stay together. Once or twice a year, reevaluate your filing system. Determine what works, what doesn't work, and throw out files that are obsolete.
Tip: Always open mail as soon as you get it and immediately throw out junk mail and any empty envelopes.
Tip: Reduce the paper flow and opt out of getting junk mail using handy apps like PaperKarma.
Me: I have a million pens-where do I put these?
Hannah: Get rid of some of them! Spend 15 minutes testing them out, and only keep the ones that you like and that actually work. It is surprisingly relaxing! Then find a container to keep on your desk and resolve to never get more pens than can fit in that container.
Me: There is so much RANDOM stuff-staples, pushpins, stickers, tape, cards, etc. around. How do I find a place for these items?
Hannah: If you have drawers, invest in some drawer organizers with multiple sections in a variety of sizes. They are perfect for keeping your office supplies neat and organized. If drawer space is scarce, find some desktop containers to contain your office supplies. Be sure to purchase containers that fit your style- if you love them, you will use them!
Me: How do I know what to throw away and what to keep?
Hannah: Now that most documents can be accessed on a computer or online, it is not necessary to keep as many paper files. As a rule, the IRS says tax-related documents should be kept for 7 years. You can keep the following documents for a year or less: bank records, bills, receipts, and pay check stubs. Be sure to shred anything that has personal information!
Me: I can't see what's in my file folders. Help.
Hannah: If file folders aren't your thing, I suggest using horizontal desktop paper trays or mounted wall files. Both are great options for visual people, as they allow you to easily see your files and access them quickly. I like to use file folders for long-term file storage and these more accessible options for daily paper flow.
Hannah Marsden is a Chicago-based professional organizer for Chicago Anytime Assistants, a company offering personal assistants that specialize in errand services, professional organizing, and moving and relocation.
There’s usually one thing on parents’ minds when it comes to Back-to-School season: school supplies. Yes, they can be fun to shop for, but there’s more to this time of year than just navigating sale ads and going through checklists.
It’s a mindset change for the office, too. New projects, new quarter and new wardrobes! And hey, doesn’t anyone consider how parents feel when the kids are back in school? They have to make adjustments like pickups, drop offs, and babysitting for those late night meetings. Not to mention squeezing in extra time to pack lunches. Hope you remembered to grocery shop!
Here are some tips to sail smoothly through this change of routine from summertime slowness to back-to-school schedules.
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Susan Ringer is right on--colors can have a significant effect on your mood! I loved her post so much that I wanted to dive a little deeper into each color.
Experts have studied the psychology behind colors and written numerous articles attempting to discover the right color for ultimate productivity. So the next time you're picking out supplies or a new piece of art for your office, keep these colors in mind:
Orange: Since orange has combining effects of red and yellow, it can brighten your mood. If you are being tested on something, it helps to wear orange because it fires up your mental abilities. Possible downside: it increases appetite.
Yellow: This color is all over the place! Yellow is the brightest, most attention-grabbing color, so you can obtain energy from yellow walls. It can increase concentration. However, it can also make you tired and irritable, and cause you to lose your temper more quickly.
Pink: You may have heard of sports teams painting the opposing team’s locker rooms pink. Well, that’s because it has a calming and passive effect. In fact, many prisons in US are painted pink to keep prisoners calm. Pink mostly evokes a response from females, and can reduce anger and anxiety.
Green: Opposite to pink is green, which if a dark green color, can evoke more of a response from males. It makes us feel comfortable because of its relationship to nature. It is a relaxing color, which alleviates stress and could improve vision (hence “green” classroom chalkboards!). And here’s the selling point: studies have shown people working in green offices are more satisfied with their jobs.
Blue: Splash your walls with blue if you want to get the creative juices flowing—it enhances creativity. Like green, blue produces some calming chemicals in the brain. But everything in moderation, as too much of the hue can make you depressed. Blue signifies loyalty, so maybe make your next boss’ card or gift blue if you want to get on their good side.
This is also why many social media sites--including Facebook--are blue.
Hint: If you’re trying The Biggest Loser at the office, paint your kitchen blue—studies show people who ate in a blue room ate three times less calories than in rooms painted yellow and red.
Red: Red is a testy color. It is known to increase blood pressure and breathing, and consequently your energy and productivity. It helps focus and memory, but can also cause stress, frustration and anger. Like orange, red also increases appetite (cough, McDonald’s, cough!), so watch out for red kitchens!
Purple: If you want to appear wealthy and sophisticated, decorate your cubicle in purple. It enhances spirituality. Writers and idea people pay attention—it can also stimulate deep thoughts.
Black: A symbol of power and authority, black is a stylish color. Bonus: it makes you appear thin! It is also associated with knowledge and intelligence. But beware: black is also the most aggressive color. Hockey teams wearing black jerseys were penalized more for fouls, according to one study.
White: White is neutral, innocent and clean. If we’re talking about the style factor, white clothing is associated with sophistication.
Hint: Lighter desk colors, like white, reduce eye strain because there is less contrast between the desk and paper.
So which colors should adorn your office walls? Well, it really depends on your personality and what you want from your space! My Pretty Office is a good first stop—it has bright colors and cute designs for every mood.
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