The whole idea of a vacation is to kick back, relax and forget all about anything that stresses you out but, sometimes when on vacation, we find ourselves doing the opposite.
Completely switching off and avoiding your texts, calls and work-related emails can prove more difficult than you think. Sitting on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand should be the perfect time to forget about the rest of the world but it’s also prime pondering time when you can easily begin to sweat the small stuff and worry about the pile of work awaiting your return to work.
However at Twist OP, we believe there is a time to work and a time to sit on the beach, and not have one single care in the world, and here are 4 tips we think will help you relax and enjoy your vacation.
Finish all the work you can before you go on vacation and then delegate everything else. It’s a good opportunity to practice your delegating skills and it will show you trust your colleagues too, which is always a positive thing. If you’re worried about one project in particular, or the person you’re delegating to, provide contact details for a colleague you trust most in case they need assistance.
Set an out of office message on your emails. Checking emails can be addictive, and often too easy if you have access to them on your phone. But if you’re checking in on them a few times a day on holiday, you’re not properly taking the break you really need. An out of office message will tell the person emailing you that you’re not available, so don’t be concerned about getting back to them. And if you add contact details for a colleague in your absence, then important queries will find their way to the right person in the end.
If you do have to check emails and there is no other way around it, then be strict with yourself. Schedule a few minutes every day or two to check in on emails and respond to the necessary ones. Be mindful of the time you choose as you don’t want to spoil your free time with your family or friends. Pick a time early in the day, even before breakfast and then dedicate the rest of your day to enjoying your time off.
Switch off work-related notifications. Switch off email alerts and sign out of any work-related social media accounts so that you’re not bombarded with notifications throughout the day and night.
Trust your colleagues
When they take time off, they leave the work to you. So trust that they will do the same in your absence. And remember, if it’s something really important, they will find a way to reach you. Make the decision to enjoy yourself. You deserve this break, you’ve worked hard and you’ve saved harder. Going back to work stressed and worried won’t prove very productive so take the time off, enjoy it, and you’ll find you return to the office bright eyed, bushy tailed and ready to take on the world once again.
Can you believe that it is almost time to go Back To School? We have so many wonderful schools as customers, so we thought you might enjoy this lesson plan idea from our friends at Mead! As an added bonus, you can download a pdf for FREE at the bottom with this lesson plan should you want to print it out for your files!
Most people do not think about wearing eye protection while cleaning, cooking, doing yard work or working in the garage. However, half of all eye injuries occur when doing these everyday chores, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Although 90 percent of all eye injuries are preventable by wearing the proper eye protection, the AAO reports that 78 percent of those injured were not wearing any protective eyewear.
"All too often, when we’re working around the house and doing chores that we've done a thousand times before without incident, we forget about the risks we take by not protecting our eyes," said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "But all it takes is one split-second accident that could damage your vision for a lifetime."
Almost 40 percent of home eye injuries are in the yard or garden. Debris from lawn mowers or power trimmers can unexpectedly enter the eye at a high rate of speed. Prevent Blindness America offers these tips on how to protect your eyes while doing work in the yard:
In addition, using household chemicals, including bleach or other cleaners, cause 125,000 eye injuries every year. Eye protection should be worn when using any chemical. Also, after any project, make sure hands are washed thoroughly before touching the eyes or face.
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
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