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
What's your biggest regret? We all have them and a recent article in Forbes.com lists 25 examples that will make
you think. Take a look: you may see one of your own regrets listed.
While many regrets focused
on missed opportunities - in jobs and in love -we noticed that many are linked
to time, specifically how we choose to spend it. Many lamented the failure to
devote time to deep relationships, or for over committing hours to work and
career, at the expense of meaningful time with children and spouses.
While there's no silver
bullet for avoiding regret, our take away from this Forbes piece is to carve
out the time to do what you love with the people you love.
Finding time in a busy life
isn't always easy, but it is doable. To find more time in your day, read our
past posts Tackle
Your To-Do List with Time Blocking and Nine Ways to Leave the
Office by 5:00. And make sure your weekend time is sacrosanct with the tips in our post, Work-Free Weekends.
As Hurricane Sandy creates havoc across a wide swath of
the U.S., we are reminded of the harsh toll weather disasters can exact on
people and businesses.
Most of us know how to prepare our homes when crazy
weather hits: we stock up on water, non-perishables, flashlights and batteries.
But how many small business owners know how to prepare their business and
employees for the disruptions of a storm? Be sure your business can survive a
weather related disaster with a few simple steps.
Business owners should take following
Get Checklist Smart: Create checklists that address plans for data back-up, crisis
communications and any necessary office relocations. Prepare a list of any
documents and equipment necessary to ensure business continuity and research
relocation options ahead of time.
Double Your Docs: Store copies of your insurance policy and financial records in a
safe, fire-proof place away from your business. All digital files should be
backed up daily and stored off-site.
Operating Instructions: Take the guesswork out of emergencies by providing employees with
instructions on what they should do when a crisis develops. Institute a chain
of command system that allows all employees to be quickly briefed on business
resumption and recovery plans. Fine-tune the plan bi-annually to keep up with
personnel changes and new logistics.
Keep in Touch: Regularly update all contact information for employees, customers
and vendors and store in a remote location.
Know Your Insurance: Review the fine print on your insurance policy. For example, hazard
insurance doesn't necessarily cover floods so be sure to know exactly what is
and isn't covered. Identify what documents are required by your insurer in the
event of a disaster. Have those records on hand and store duplicates off-site.
Get Shipshape: Make sure your physical workplace is sound. Regularly check that all
possible hazards, such as gas lines, water heaters, etc., are secure. Likewise,
make sure that bookshelves and other fixtures are securely braced. Check that
the roof is sound and able to withstand wind and water damage.
For more resources, check out the sound advice in 4 Steps in Preparing For A Disaster and Prepare
Your Workplace and Employees.
Be safe, everyone.
You multitask like nobody's
business, juggling work, home and family demands all week long. You've
perfected the art of the juggle and you need organizational tools, both at home
and in the office, that multitask just like you do. Meet the Ampad® Versa™ Crossover Notebook,
which offers a crossover design that takes
the best of a notebook, binder and dividers and puts it all in one.
how versatile is the Versa?
heard your message: paper pads still rule for note-taking but managing and
finding notes in a paper pad can be challenging. Now, the Versa™ lets you reorder and
reorganize your notes, again and again. The built-in dividers let you manage
multiple projects or subdivide one large project into smaller sections. And the
highlighting flags make finding and organizing notes easier than ever.
One notebook: countless possibilities, the Versa™does it all. You can buy the Versa™ Crossover Notebook on our facebook page.
Pink is everywhere in October as National Breast Cancer Month takes center stage, but breast health needs
to be a year round focus.
Put your breast health front and center year
round with these three to-dos:
on Early Detection
Did you know that when breast cancer is
detected early the survival rate is 98 percent? Make monthly breast self-exams
a priority and schedule regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
Now, you can create your own personalized early detection plan with an app from the National Breast Cancer Foundation that sends you reminders to
do breast self-exams and to schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms. If you need help finding a place for a screening,
visit the National
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
A healthy diet,
rich in fruits, veggies and antioxidants is linked to lower breast cancer rates
and cancers in general. Try to eat seven or more servings daily and include nutrient
dense superstars like cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli,
cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower; dark leafy greens such as collards, kale, spinach; and carrots
and tomatoes. Round out your diet with superstar fruits including citrus,
berries and cherries.
minimizing or avoiding alcohol which can increase breast cancer risk by as much as
20 to 25 percent.
For more ideas on healthy
diets, read 9
Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention and Foods that Fight
exercise provides powerful protection against breast cancer. No need to become
a gym rat: As little as 30 minutes or
more of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking) five or more days a week is
enough. The key is consistency and duration, not intensity, so lace up your
sneakers and head out the door!
For more on aerobic activities and the link to health, read here for
materials from cancer organization Livestrong.com.
The classic writing pad
gets a makeover thanks to our new Ampad® SimpleSort™ Crossover
Writing Pad, with
open-and-close binder clips and repositionable papers that lets users
reorganize notes easily.
Why reinvent the writing pad?
heard your message: paper pads still rule for note-taking but managing and
finding notes in a paper pad can be challenging. You want the ability to
reorder and reorganize your notes, again and again. Now, each new pad makes
finding and organizing notes easier than ever.
The Ampad SimpleSort™ Crossover Writing Pad provides
exceptional, personalized organization without sacrificing portability and
ease. Finally, a pad that lets you reorder your papers (and your thoughts!)
with ease. Note-taking has evolved.
For more intelligent office products evolved to adapt to today's increasingly
competitive business environment, visit our Pinterest page for additional products, tips and
jobs in an uncertain economy may seem unwise but sometimes it's just time to
move on. But how do you know when the time is right to leave the security of
your current gig for the unknown?
Know When It's Time to Go
closely at your current role. Are you growing? Adding skills? Moving
successfully along your career path? If
you're in a holding pattern because moving on seems too daunting in this
economy, you are doing your career a disservice.
on provides the possibility of finding a role which is a better fit for your
abilities and sets you up for future growth. As a bonus: switching jobs can
also be more lucrative.
you whip out your resume and start cold-calling your network, take a minute to
assess your readiness to move on with the Monster.com "Are
You Ready for a Career Change Quiz."
Other Factors to Consider
For more food for thought, read 8 Signs You Should Think About Quitting and its follow up piece Yes, You (Probably) Can Change Jobs Now.
Everyone wants to be more
productive. When you move through your work quickly and easily, you experience
less stress and greater efficiency. (Heck, you might even be able to end your
work day a little early!) To manage your work optimally, create a simple system
for handling your active, day-to-day files.
Create just such a go-to
system with the Pendaflex® Poly Desktop File Box. Designed to hold letter-sized files, the Pendaflex Desk
Top File Box combines a sturdy design and streamlined footprint that easily captures crucial
files while preserving valuable desktop real estate. When active papers are
well-organized and close at hand, you eliminate frustrating searches and wasted
Active files are documents
frequently in use such as:
Ensure that your desktop
box only houses current files by syncing your filing categories with those in
your larger filing cabinet: when your desk file is no longer needed on a daily
basis, you can easily archive it in your main cabinet.
Maintain order by making
it easy to add new files to your system. Keep labels and files on hand so you
can quickly add a new file rather than starting a new pile.
Also, the Pendaflex Desk Top File Box offers terrific storage flexibility; the collapsible file boxes are easily
stored flat until needed. Just pop one open when you need more storage,
collapse and store when you need fewer files.
This school year, teach your children the most
valuable lesson they will ever learn: how to be organized. Long after state
capitals and algebraic equations are forgotten, the ability to organize one's
time and belongings will serve your student well.
Being organized increases productivity, improves
student achievement and reduces stress. Being organized also increases free
time for leisure pursuits. Other benefits include:
Students aren't born organized, they need to be coached
on the basics of organization just as they would any skill. Equip your student
for organization with the right set of tools:
it a Habit
Good study habits are created with repetition. New habits
take time to become routine; parents should monitor initial progress and then
slowly, give a child room to manage on their own.
Parents can help by:
Parents can help their students manage homework and
sports schedules by teaching students about time-blocking: the process of
designating specific blocks of time each day for tackling particular activities
or tasks. Students should examine their daily schedule and homework to-do list
and establish timelines for all tasks.
Other time-blocking tips include:
Finally, remember that organization must be learned and
practiced to become a habit. Parents can and should guide their students but
should ultimately allow their students to take the lead.
We know you work on the go. We do too. We all log
hours away from our desk; sometimes it's the airport, other days, the
conference room down the hall. Heck, we even do work at home (hello
bill-paying!) in front of the TV or at the kitchen table.
Make working on the go as hassle-free and methodical
as time spent at your desk with the Pendaflex PileSmart Project Sorter. This multi-tasking
tool lets you corral piles of papers in a secure, durable poly case. Go ahead
and sort your stacks; PileSmart's ten color-coded sorting tabs keep documents
separate and distinct. And the color index sheet can be removed and customized
so you can reorder and re-sort as your needs shift.
Despite the promise of the digital revolution, paper
is still a major part of our day-to-day. Conferences, meetings, back-to-school
night: paper handouts keep piling up. Use PileSmart to quickly capture and sort
those papers into color categories so you never need to wonder where the heck
that document went again. Designed for on-the-go organizing, PileSmart has an elastic-tie
closure that keeps papers in place when you're on the move. And the durable,
poly construction is moisture and wear-and-tear resistant. So PileSmart can
work as hard as you do.
To learn more about the Pendaflex PileSmart Project Sorter, visit our Facebook shop.
If back-to-school is adding up to a clutter explosion
in your home, you'll love our easy-as-ABC lessons for taming the chaos.
Designate a Drop Spot: Backpacks and sports gear can easily
engulf a home; pick a convenient drop spot for off-loading when the kids arrive
home. Make it easy to make it stick: a simple hall bench; set of cubbies or
even wall hooks can do the trick. Offer simple rewards when all items are
stowed away regularly.
Kitchen Command Center: Deputize a bulletin board or white board to track all
family commitments, sports schedules and major tests and projects. When invites
and event notices come in, log the date on the calendar, then toss the paper.
Homework Helper: Corral
pens, pencils, glue sticks and other homework supplies in a portable homework caddy.
Keeping study tools
close at hand will prevent students from wandering off in search of needed
items and individual items from migrating all over the house. Consider color
coding your kids so you can tell which child is leaving supplies scattered
around the house.
A Look Ahead: Model
good organizational habits for your kids by spending the end of the day planning
for the next morning. By taking just 15 minutes to round up school supplies,
paperwork and special items such as snow boots or umbrellas, you can minimize
stress during the morning rush.
Weekly Clean Ups: Keep chaos at bay with weekly clean-ups. Update the
family command center calendar, restore missing items to their rightful place
and restock school supplies that are running low. Revisit your children's
personal planners or calendars and provide feedback on how they managed their
schedules and workloads for the week. Praise successes and offer suggestions
for improvement where necessary.
are your back-to-school clutter-busting tips? Share your thoughts here and on
the Pendaflex Facebook and Twitter pages.
Slim smartphones and wafer thin
tablets let you work on the go. Make sure your other work tools are equally
Maximize your ability to work from
anywhere with a portable expanding file cabinet. Yes, you read that right. Take your
"cabinet" on the go with a Pendaflex Sliding
Cover 13-Pocket Expanding File.
The slim lines of the expanding file case expand to 13 separate
letter-size compartments, perfect for sorting and securing must-have documents.
Use the self-adhesive blank labels for simple printer-free labeling and sorting.
The rugged poly construction resists wear and moisture; the elastic closure
keeps contents secure.
Don't let the professional, black-on-black case
design fool you; this tool is also perfect for home use. Keep one in the
kitchen to capture school papers; designate another to house all your bill-paying
needs. Savvy time-pressed cooks can use the case to ease daily meal-planning.
Keep shopping lists, recipes and coupons sorted and ready to go. And students
will far prefer to tote this streamlined case over heavy binders any day.
The smart design offers a wide,
expanding bottom for maximum stability and a unique sliding cover that hides
completely away. No more flopping files or slithery covers that repeatedly
slide shut. Keep one on your work desk for active files, and another on your
kitchen counter for your active life.
To purchase the Pendaflex
Sliding Cover 13-Pocket Expanding File, visit our
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.