When climbing the
corporate ladder, people often pause to take stock of their skills, resume, and
experience. When was the last time you paused and took stock of the people
Are You Good for Me?
A recent Inc.com
article with the eye-catching headline 9 People You Must Remove From Your Inner
Circle takes a look at
the personality types that are best weeded out of your life. Obvious gotta-go
types include backstabbers and schmoozers, who value surface connection over
deeper relationships. Less obvious sorts are "raving fans" - those individuals
who lavish excessive and unconditional praise on you at the expense of honest
and unvarnished truths.
So if certain
people are best to avoid at work (and in life) who are the people that you
should have in your corner?
quarterback will tell you, you need a team to move a ball forward. Very little
in life is accomplished entirely on one's own: so look to partner with the
right people. Not sure who should be on your roster? You can't go wrong with the
folks in this Forbes.com article, The 6 People You Need
In Your Corner, says
contributor Jessica Hagy. Create an inner circle that includes the following:
No sooner does the last slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie disappear, when
eggnog and holiday cookies dance onto the scene. If you're not careful, too
much holly jolly can wreak havoc on your waistline and your health.
This holiday season commit to five simple steps to keep the healthy in
Bottoms Up: Make water your
go-to beverage throughout the holiday season; when you quaff lots of water
along with holiday cocktails, you lessen the chance of overindulging and will
feel better the next day. Plus water bottles also make a fun, useful hostess
gift. For shopping ideas, click here and here.
Think Veggies: Hitting the veggie
platter helps you resist the siren song of baked brie and holiday chocolates. When
you fill up on crudités, you take the edge off your appetite, making it easier
to say no to temptation. If your party is potluck, offer to bring the veggies to
ensure a low-calorie, high fiber snack is on hand. For creative presentation
ideas, this article has you covered.
A Long Winter's Nap: Too many late
nights of holiday revelry or rushing around the mall can quickly take its toll.
Do yourself a favor and protect your shut-eye so you can truly enjoy the
season. Find it difficult to get your zzz's during the holiday hubbub? Better
your odds of a good night's sleep by relaxing for an hour before bed rather
than doing chores or working and by sticking to a regular sleep routine. And
use power naps to make up for lost slumber. For more tips on healthy holiday
sleep habits, read 6 Ways to Sleep Better During the Holidays.
Ice Skating Anyone?: Increase your
holiday stamina by devoting time to activities that recharge your batteries
such as exercise and mediation. When you can, incorporate exercise into your
holiday plans; instead of cocktails with friends, suggest an ice skating
outing. Or have your family take a hike instead of seeing the latest holiday
blockbuster. Schedule blocks of solo exercise each day as well. Even a brisk 20
minute walk daily will improve your mood, help with sleep and keep the pounds
and stress at bay.
Indulge When You Can: Deprivation is
never any fun, especially around the holidays. Allow yourself to indulge in
those little treats that make the season special. After all, the holidays only
roll around once a year and treating yourself to small luxuries can help stave
off overindulgence later on. And many holiday treats - such as red wine and
dark chocolate - also have health benefits - as long as they are consumed in
moderation. So go ahead, enjoy, it's good for your health!
Holidays are best
celebrated with family and close friends but when loved ones are far-flung,
togetherness often means hosting house guests. If your home is doing double
duty as a hotel this holiday season, read our tips for creating a welcoming
atmosphere (and one that preserves your sanity!)
My Home is Your Home: Signal your open-arm welcome by creating
dedicated space for guests. Banish clutter from your guests' quarters, whether
it's a spare bedroom or another area of your home. Use attractive bags, bins
and trunks to temporarily capture odds and ends.
When quarters are
tight and you don't have a dedicated guest room, create space by supplying
luggage racks that help house overnight bags which lets them double as dressers.
Likewise, by simply supplying hangers on the back of a door, you create a spot
for guests to stash their stuff.
congestion by offering your guest canvas duffel outfitted with fresh towels and
travel toiletries that they can tote to and from the bathroom. For more ideas,
read Good Housekeeping's Easy
Organizing: Hosting Guests.
Making a List,
Checking it Twice: Think through your houseguests' needs before they
arrive with this handy checklist from the über-organized
folks at Real Simple. Suggested items to have handy include a spare house key,
maps and travel tips for your neighborhood, as well as must-have, yet
The Extra Mile: Leave it to the
ultimate hostess Martha Stewart to suggest special touches for visitors that bring
a five-star hotel vibe to even a simple sofa-bed. Tips from Martha include
leaving foil-wrapped chocolates and a carafe of chilled water bed side. Don't
have a carafe lying around? Use a short water glass inverted over a tall, slim
one. For more inventive Martha tips,
The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon
us. Get organized for the post-Thanksgiving-to-New Year hollidaze marathon with
these four fun holiday organizing helpers.
Keep track of Santa's arrival with one of these 25 creative advent calendars. Choose from DIY calendars or even one with whiskey! These calendars aren't limited to Christmas
celebrations: use them to countdown to New Year's Eve or the first day of
Hanukah. Or choose this Byers Choice, Menorah Calendar, to countdown to the festival of lights.
Does the whole "licking envelopes, buying stamps"
thing stop you from sending holiday cards? This year enlist your smartphone as
your holiday card elf and use it to create
cards and send them by text message, e-mail or snail mail. Yep, it's that easy.
Read Smartphone Apps Send Holiday
Greetings to learn how.
We all wish we could delegate an elf to hit the lines
at the shopping mall for us. But tech savvy shoppers know that holiday shopping
apps and websites can be almost as helpful. Read 5
Money-Saving Tools, Apps and Websites for Holiday Shopping to make gift-giving easy.
Time to Cook?
Make feeding the holiday hordes simple by outsourcing
some of the cooking to others. No, we're not talking potluck, we're talking catered
foods. National retailers such as Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca and Zabar's can deliver everything from apps to a stuffed turkey.
Budget shoppers can find deals on fully-catered meals
at Costco stores. Or
ask your local supermarket for their catering menu, most have one!
What organizing must-have keeps the jolly in
your holidays? Share
your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy. As you work to recover and move forward, we've assembled a list of helpful tools to aid the process. Generator SafetyMany East Coast residents are relying on generators for electricity and heat as power outages continue. Be generator smart with these safety tips from the Long Island Power Authority. Food & Water SafetyOnce the storm's rains and winds subside, safety concerns start to focus on food and water supplies. For a complete primer, read these two articles: A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes and Water and Food Safety After Hurricane: Can you drink the water and eat the food? Advice from the FDA. Returning to a Damaged or Flooded HomeIf you needed to evaucate your home and are now returning to a damaged property, please read this check list of tips from the Red Cross before returning. Tips include bringing cameras to document damage for insurance claims and wearing protective clothing.Insurance ClaimsEducate yourself about how insurance claims work in order to get the best result. We've assembled several useful articles to get you up to speed:
Finally, we leave you with links to two of the best informational resources on disasters and their aftermaths: FEMA and the American Red Cross. Answers to many of your recovery questions can be answered here.We wish you the best of luck as you work to recover and rebuild. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
When you free associate the word "commute"
you are probably more likely to think "long" than "marital happiness." But a recent study that is getting attention in the Harvard Business
that couples that commute together are more likely to experience marital
satisfaction that those that don't. Interesting stuff.
Still not everyone can commute with their
significant other, but the study got us thinking: can our commute make us
happier in other ways?
the Most of Commute Time
Try and take a "glass half full" view of your
commute and view the time as an opportunity. The average American commutes almost 50 minutes a day, says the Census Bureau: use this time wisely and you may find
yourself appreciating your travel time.
Get to that Book: Curling up with a
great read is not for bedtime only. E-books make reading even the weightiest
tome manageable on a commute. Join social networking site Goodreads.com for book recommendations from friends. Or collect useful
articles in your e-reader for subway or train perusal. Car commuters, you can
get in the action with audio books.
Advance Your Career: No time for
networking? Use your commute time to fit critical networking time into your
busy schedule. Update your LinkedIn profile; send networking e-mails to
industry contacts and schedule future lunch and drinks dates with peers. Keep
abreast of industry trends by reading useful articles or listening to podcasts.
Car commuters, take advantage of your hands-free device to schedule calls with
mentors and peers.
Scheme, Daydream: Downtime is a rare
commodity. Make the most of the idle hour to let your mind wander. Keep a
notebook handy or download a note-taking app on your smart phone to jot down
any inspiration that strikes.
Unwind: Can't find time to get to that
crossword puzzle? Squeeze in a nap? Download that new album and play it from
start to finish? You're in luck - you're commute provides a window of time to
devote to these small moments of Zen.
How do you make the most out of your commute?
Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.