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
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
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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.
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.