Organizing Gifts for Everyone on Your List
Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:02 PM
'Tis the season to come up with creative gifts for your near and dear ones. Stuck for ideas? Give the gift of organization: one size fits all. Love Me a Label Maker: Long-hand is so old school. Add a state-of-the-art label maker to someone's organizing...
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People to Have in Your Corner
Friday, November 30, 2012 7:32 PM

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 around you?

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?

Team Me

Any 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:

  • Instigator: Count on this person to poke and prod you (aka motivate) to get up, get going and try new things. Together, you create positive energy.
  • Cheerleader: We all need someone who will toot our horn. Find an evangelist that will sing your praises loudly and often.
  • Doubter: This voice of reason offers needed perspective and helps you identify obstacles and roadblocks.
  • Taskmaster: Drill sergeants have their place; find someone who will keep your feet to the fire.
  • Connector: Share the love and spread the network; your connector hooks you up!
  • Example: We all need a mentor that we can use as a model. Find someone you admire and emulate them.

 

 

 

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Healthy Habits for the Holidays
Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:29 PM

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 your holidays.

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!

 

 

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Organizing for Holiday House Guests
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:26 PM

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.

Ease bathroom 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 often-forgotten toiletries.

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, read here. 

Happy hosting!

 

 

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Hollah! Four Holiday Organizing Must-Haves
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:21 PM

 

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.

Countdown Calendars

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.

Holiday Card Apps

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.

Shopping Apps

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.

No 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.

 

 

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Mistakes: Be Better, Not Bitter
Monday, November 12, 2012 9:24 PM
Mistakes are an unavoidable part of work and life. How you handle those mistakes however is entirely within your control. When you view life's inevitable missteps as an opportunity to be better, not bitter, you create the possibility of a better future...
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Recovering from Disaster
Friday, November 09, 2012 8:35 PM

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 Safety

Many 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 Safety

Once 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 Home

If 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 Claims

Educate 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.

 

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Can Your Commute Make You Happier?
Friday, November 09, 2012 8:26 PM

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 Review  finds 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?

Making 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 Facebook page.

 

 

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Regret Not: Tips for Avoiding the Should’ves
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 7:43 PM

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. 

 

 

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Reconnecting with Mentors
Monday, October 29, 2012 7:41 PM
We all know we're supposed to nurture our network . So when was the last time you reconnected with one of your mentors? Mentors are a crucial source of information and inspiration: finding the time to connect with key mentors keeps your job hunting...
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Preparing your Business for Hurricane Sandy
Monday, October 29, 2012 2:53 AM

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 precautions:

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.

 

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Organizing for Wellness
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10:21 PM
When it comes to your health, some things are beyond your control: genes, governmental health policies, cravings for chocolate. Okay, the siren song of chocolate is actually something you do need to manage, but other much easier steps can guard your health...
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Life Lessons: Teaching Kids Organization 101
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10:20 PM
This school year, teach your children one of life's most valuable lessons: how to be organized. While algebra and Latin declensions may be best left to the pros, no one is better equipped to teach Organization 101 than a parent. After all, the basics...
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Finally, A Notebook For the Modern Multitasker
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:46 AM


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.

Just how versatile is the Versa?

  • Write in it like a notebook; move pages around like a binder.
  • Built-in dividers provide easy sorting and categorizing.
  • Dual poly dividers separate and capture loose papers.
  • Mark key notes with 105 stick-on flags for labeling and highlighting.
  • Track to-dos with a lined stick-on task pad.

We've 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. 

 

 

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Three To-Dos for Better Breast Health
Monday, October 22, 2012 1:39 AM

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:

Focus 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. 

Eat for Health

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.

Also, consider 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 Breast Cancer. 

Exercise Often

 Regular 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.

 

 

 

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