Whether you’re the head honcho or a part-time employee, your goal when you come to the office is the same as everyone else’s: to get the job done. For most employees, the goal is not simply to get the job done, but to get it done quickly and efficiently. What follows are tips on how to move things along. This blog is all about office productivity.
Plan Your Day
You know yourself and when you’re most likely to be focused. Take advantage of the times when you really need to concentrate, and keep tabs on when you start to lose interest. Some folks are morning people, and if this is you it’s best to get right to it when you clock in. If you peak in the afternoon, get smaller tasks done throughout the morning so you can reserve the big tasks for later on. The key is to know your own rhythm. What you want to avoid is getting so busy multitasking that you can’t get anything done at all!
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Giving thanks. Ideally we find ways to give thanks throughout the year. For many, however, the best time to do so is on Thanksgiving. As we gather among family and friends, we should stop and reflect on all the ways we’re blessed. Here are several ideas on how you and yours can give thanks this year. Give them a try and you just might find yourself creating new Thanksgiving traditions for years to come.
For the Wall
A great place to show your appreciation is on the wall. If you already have artwork up, it’s easy to replace your pictures with a few holiday pieces. You could make shadow boxes containing such blessings of autumn as colorful leaves and miniature pumpkins. You could even make paper leaf garlands to hang across doorways.
Why not organize a family project? Set out paints and a blank canvas, and have your guests add a few thumbprint leaves to a painted tree. When it dries, have them write on each leaf something they’re thankful for. Who knows? You just might decide to keep your Thanksgiving art up the whole year round!
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“It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.
Meta-analysis. Correlations. Binomial distribution. Marginal probability of error. For those of you who love numbers, you’re in familiar territory. Those terms may even make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If they don’t, though, you’re not alone.
A statistic is a fact or piece of data obtained from a large quantity of numerical data. They’re everywhere. You’ll hear statistics in the news—in weather predictions, for example. You’ll be persuaded by them in advertising: “75% of people sleep better when they take this new drug.” You might even look to them when making decisions. Ever look up vehicle safety ratings before buying a new car?
So why do so many people get glassy-eyed when the subject of statistics is brought up? It may be because they just don’t understand them. Dell is setting out to change this.
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Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States on November 11 every year. Why 11/11? During World War I, “the war to end all wars ,” fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.
Now that you have the history, you understand why this holiday is much more than just another day on which banks and the post office are closed. The do-it-yourself decorating projects below are sure to get your Veterans Day celebration off to an excellent start..
Chest candy refers to all the ribbons and medals worn on your uniform. Why not show support with a few broches you can make yourself? You can wear carnations and ribbons, or red, white, and blue pins. Here’s a pin that’s very easy to make, only requiring some beads and a safety pin.
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How much time do you spend at work? Chances are, you spend more waking hours in your office than in any other room save the bedroom—so it’s important to make your office a space where you want to hang out. Regardless of what you’ve been told, it is possible to mix work and pleasure. We’ll show you some ways to make your office more enjoyable.
What Attracts You?
Take a moment to consider those offices that you find attractive. Are they colorful? Do they inspire creativity? Office design is about more than just arranging furniture and computers to ensure an efficient work space. It’s about combining all the elements of your work space into an arrangement that draws you in. If you’re a nature person, bring in some plants. If you like organization, look up what other people are doing. More filing cabinets may not be the solution. You could even bring in a swing!
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It’s that time of year again: Halloween. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, hosting a party, or just passing out candy, it’s time to dress up and be someone or something that you can’t be the rest of the year. We’re here to help with some simple-costume ideas for you, your little ones, and your pets.
There’s no need to rush out and spend good money on a store-bought costume. You probably have everything you need to make an awesome disguise right in your home. If you want to keep things really simple, throw on some black pants and a black garbage bag. Presto, you’re a raisin. Have an old white sheet? Cut out a couple eye holes, throw it over your head, and you’re a ghost. This stick figure is easy to make, and creative too. Click on the photograph credit for 28 other DIY ideas.
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Are you planning a Halloween party? If so, you need some life hacks to make it easier! Anyone can add red food coloring to a bowl of punch to simulate blood, or string up some fake cobweb with a few plastic spiders in it. This year, why not go the extra mile with the Halloween life hacks below? They’re sure to leave your family and friends screaming for more scary thrills!
If you’re hosting a Halloween party, there are lots of ways to create a spooky atmosphere. You could make eyeballs out of radishes, set out a rat cheeseball with a tray of crackers, and make these edible Jell-O worms for dessert. By freezing water in a latex glove, you could even add an iced hand to the punch bowl.
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It’s that time of year when pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, and monsters are not only welcome but celebrated. Chances are pretty good that witches, graveyards, and fake spider webs have begun to make their annual appearance in your neighborhood; that grocery-store aisles have started to display candy; and that pumpkin-flavored everything abounds. If you’re getting into the Halloween spirit, why not stir up a few ghouls, goblins, and other decorations using 3D-printing?
Everyday Objects for the Home
It’s scary how many 3D-printed objects you can find. There are Batman-inspired clothes pegs to hold up your drying sheets on the line. There are ghost magnets you can print, with glow-in-the-dark filaments for added spookiness. You can even get yourself a set of 3D-printed salt and pepper shakers that look like dancing ghosts.
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What does the United States Synchronized Swimming Team have to do with Epson America? As it turns out, both are making quite a splash in recent news. In case you weren’t in Times Square on September 24, the “Swimming in Ink” event featured hourly performances of talented swimmers in a multi-colored, seventeen-thousand-gallon swim tank.
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Crisp, clean air. Cool nights. The crunch of fallen leaves under foot. All clues that fall is well on its way, and that it’s time to decorate! What better place to start than your front door?
On a Budget
If money is tight, despair not. You can still create a warm autumn welcome. If you have construction paper, for instance, you can make a wreath out of overlapping red, yellow, and brown paper cut into leaves. Tape it to the front door and you’ll be all set. Or why not rake the yard and stuff the leaves inside a scarecrow made from clothing in your closet? Straw is optional!
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