From the Hammermill Blog
Life can get chaotic, but that doesn’t mean you have to become stressed out when it does. There are a few things you can do when your schedule gets hectic that can help. Keeping lists and creating a routine are just a few things you can do. Read our tips below to help you stay organized when life gets hectic.
Create a Routine: How we start our days can have a tremendous impact on our lives. For instance, exercising in the morning can boost your mood and get you energized for the day. Staying in bed after your alarm goes off will only bring about frustration and make you feel lazy.
Every morning you can schedule out the tasks you need to complete for the day. Make sure you schedule in time to relax. Otherwise you could end up exhausted and overworked.
Use Lists: It’s easy to become forgetful when you have too much going on in your life. Bring a pen and a notepad with you wherever you go, and write down what you need to remember right when you think of it. Another way to keep track of things and stay organized is to find premade lists to help you remember. Be sure to check out our Grocery List Templates.
Say Goodbye to Clutter: Clutter tends to accumulate when you get busy. Stay organized by making sure everything has a home when it’s not in use. Buying translucent bins and storage boxes will help keep things neat and tidy. Too much to organize and not enough time? A professional organizer can help make things easier by creating a custom organizing system.
Ask for Help When You Need It: Sometimes there’s just too much to do and you can’t do it all alone. Don’t be afraid to ask a family member or friend for a little help when things get too hectic. Most people will be happy to help, you just have to ask.
We hope our tips help next time your life gets hectic. Be sure to check out our Grocery List Templates a We recommend Hammermill® Copy paper, 20 lb. for printing our Grocery List Templates.
January 29th is National Puzzle Day! Celebrate by exercising your brain with our office supply crossword puzzle and see how well you know your office supply trivia!
Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word searches, brain teasers or Soduku, puzzles put our minds to work.
Studies have found that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we use both sides of the brain, and spending time daily working on puzzles improves memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills.
Word searches and crossword puzzles have the obvious benefit of increasing vocabulary and language skills.
Sudoku, a puzzle sequencing a set of numbers on a grid, exercises the brain as well. By testing memory and logical thinking, this puzzle stimulates the brain and can improve number skills.
The bottom line is, puzzles stimulate the brain, keeping it active and practicing its skills.
See how well you did!
Working in cold conditions isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous. Frostbite, numbness, dehydration and hypothermia are real concerns from chilly outdoor weather. If you’re working outdoors this winter, be aware of the dangers and stay safe.
Damp clothing can quickly drop your body temperature. It’s more important than ever to stay dry in the cold. Wear a moisture-wicking base layer to draw away sweat as you work. Wear waterproof gear as an outer shell to prevent your under
layers from getting wet. Remove any wet clothing immediately.
Just like you need to take breaks from your work throughout the day, your body needs to take breaks from the cold. Plan frequent, short warm-up breaks throughout your day taken in warm, dry shelters to avoid numbness and shivers.
Working in cold conditions isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous.”
Make sure to drink enough fluids, as you dehydrate faster in cold weather conditions. Dehydration causes headaches, dizziness and fatigue, and it’s important to stay alert outdoors. Eating enough food during the day, especially fats and carbohydrates, high-calories is also important. Your body uses those nutrients as energy to stay warm in cold temperatures.
and increases risks to your safety. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep to stay alert on the job when conditions are more dangerous. Avoid exhaustion and fatigue because they sap energy, and energy is needed to keep muscles warm.
No matter which type of Bigelow Tea is your fave, with over 130 flavors there’s always something new to try! But wait, there’s more ……. have you ever thought of creating your own awesome tea combinations?! To get you started, why not try these below (and in the video):
Lemon Ginger and Green Tea: Mmmmm, not only delicious, but it’s good for your digestion too! The probiotic BC 30 in zesty Lemon Ginger herbal tea can help to maintain a healthy balance in your digestive tract when used as part of a balanced diet. When it’s brewed with smooth, delicate Green Tea, a hot mug of this tasty combination will warm you from head to toe! Now that’s #TeaProudly for sure!
English Teatime and Mint Medley Full-bodied, smooth mountain-grown English Teatime is the perfect pick-me-up tea any time of day, and paired with the refreshing flavor of the American-grown spearmint and peppermint in Mint Medley, this unique combination of smooth and cool is a hit whether it’s hot or iced! (Want to cut out the caffeine? Sip this delicious drink with English Teatime Decaf instead!)
Cozy Chamomile and Orange & Spice #TeaProudly peeps love relaxing with a soothing cup of Cozy Chamomile, that’s for sure; and the delightful balance of sweet orange and zesty spices in Orange & Spice herbal tea is ahhh-MAZING when joined with calming chamomile. Get into your comfort zone and relax with the distinctive taste of this delicious flavor combination! It’s caffeine free, so it’s perfect for unwinding after a long day. (Or any time!)
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Bitter cold January days call for cup after cup of hot tea to warm you up from the inside out. A hot, steamy cup of tea is perfect for any time of the day. Happy National Hot Tea Month, do yourself a favor and enjoy tea as much as you want this month!
Have you ever wondered where tea came from, and what made someone put leaves in hot water for flavor? Well, legend says in 2737 BC, a Chinese emperor was sitting under a tree while his servant boiled drinking water when some leaves blew into it. The emperor happened to be a renowned herbalist, and he decided to taste the infusion that had just been created by accident… He loved it, and that’s where tea comes from!
Here are some of the best benefits tea has to offer:
As part of you party plan, be sure to recruit volunteers for post-party clean-up. The more the merrier! Have a plan of attack. Start by picking up stray plates, cups and napkins, then work "Top to bottom" for the most efficient cleaning:
Items you might need:
Heavy Duty Trash Liners GJO 01534
Febreze Fabric Refresher PGC 85837
Lorell Ultra-Lite Banquet Tables LLR 66651
Paper Towels GJO 24080
Lysol Wipes 3 pack RAC 82159
The annual office holiday party is a great time to unwind and socialize with the people you work so hard with all year long. Be sure to mind your manners and keep a few tips in mind:
Be Friendly. Office parties are a great time to network and meet new people you may not know from other departments. Introduce yourself and keep conversations light. You want to meet new people but don't get bogged down in work talk at the party. If you meet people who you want to collaborate with on work projects, get their contact information and reconnect at the office.
Punctuality Counts. Don't arrive too late to the party. Often there are speeches to kick off the festivities and you don't want to make a grand entrance in the middle of the CEO's welcome! Likewise, don't be the last to leave... be mindful of the time and make sure to thank your hosts on the way out.
Secret Santa Gift Exchanges are a fun way to make new friendships in the office. Here are a few things to ensure a successful Secret Santa Exchange.
Draw Names: Make a list of everyone who wants to participate and put their names in a hat. Then have each participant draw a name. Make sure to remind everyone to keep their identity a secret.
Set The Standards: You can encourage Secret Santa's to give a small treat each week during the holiday season ( candy, coffee, etc - see our ideas below) to build intrigue, or some groups prefer to do just a single gift at the office party. Either way setting a budget is probably the most important part of Secret Santa to make sure everyone is treated fairly. The game is supposed to be fun, and the holiday time is already an expensive time for most people so budget to something small and encourage people to get really creative.
Choose Gifts: Even if it is something useless and silly, the idea is to show someone that you know them. Encourage participants to find out a little bit about the person they're surprising so that they can give things that are in line with their tastes and interest. The gift should ideally make them laugh or have some connection.
Mix It Up! If you are looking for ways to make things more interesting, don't be afraid to mix it up a bit. Set a theme that the gifts have to adhere to such as Disney films, puzzles, nature, food,or you can make it more ambiguous by saying all the presents have to be a certain color.
You don't have to have people spend money either; for example do a Bake-Off Secret Santa where you all make delicious holiday treats for each other. Or try the White Elephant version, where you find something you have to give your person.
The Big Reveal! At the final gift exchange, the gift tag should reveal the Secret Santa's identity.
Some ideas we have for your gift exchange
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Let’s face it, we love celebrating. And we love food. And we love ‘em even more with the people we love.
Thanksgiving combines all of that—but it can sometimes be a little fuddy-duddy with its traditions, obligations and manners. For a more laid-back celebration, it’s all about Friendsgiving. Here are some fun ideas to add to your get-together for giving thanks.
Let’s make this party official! Create festive postcard invitations (8387) and stickers (22807) with free designs on avery.com/templates. Print from your own printer, or try Avery WePrint™ our professional printing service. With low minimum order quantities and no set-up fees, you’ll get a premium look—without the premium price.
Give your guests a warm welcome to the table with personalized placecards. Some easy placecard ideas include propping a card on a mini pumpkin, creating stylish tent cards to fit your décor, or even placing a colorful tag (22802) on their plate, as shown on the right.
Being thankful for what we have reminds us what matters most. These gratitude cards designed on postcards (8387) are a heartwarming way to share your thoughts with your close group of friends.
You all may be stuffed after the meal, but your guests might want a little something to nibble on later. Create personalized takeout boxes with stickers for each of your guests, fill ‘em up with their favorites from the meal and attach a recipe or two for some of that glorious grub..
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