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With the Holidays finally coming to a close, workers all around the world are dreading those three simple words, “back to work.”
It’s not that work is terrible or boring (maybe to some people, but a majority of people love having a schedule and something to do each day to work their brains). People dread going back to work after the Holidays are over because that means relaxation, family time, and laziness are all over, and it’s time to get back to being a responsible adult.
One of the biggest problems with coming back to work after a relaxing time off of work is actually trying to get back into the flow of things and be productive.
If you’re having trouble being productive after all that eggnog and Christmas cookies, we’ve got a few tips that can help you out.
Nothing helps you get more things done than keeping a planner, and actually using it. The more organized you are, the easier it will be to accomplish tasks during your daily workflow. If this means planning each and every one of your daily tasks, then do it! If you stick with your planner and push yourself to stay on task and accomplish those daily tasks, you’ll notice an increase in your motivation, due in part to the need to finish your goals.
Plan For The Future
Have you laid out your business plan for 2017, and how it will be different than 2016? Do you know what you’ll be focusing on accomplishing month-to-month in the new year?
Planning your future goes along with getting organized, but takes the idea one step further. It means actually setting goals for the new year. It’s also what most people refer to as a New Year’s Resolution. People aren’t the only ones who can set New Year’s Resolutions; businesses can, and should, do it, too.
Get Some Exercise
Exercising before or after work can be a fantastic way to motivate your body and mind to do more. Some people have to sit down all day for their job, and that can be very detrimental to the average person’s health. It can also make you feel more exhausted, because even though you aren’t doing any physical activity, you’re making yourself more sluggish and sedimentary. Your body gets used to not moving and working itself, and so you get tired more easily. Plan for exercise at some point during the day, and see how much this simple activity can boost your motivation.
Set Goals For Yourself
Although this goes along with tip number two, planning for your future, this tip is a little different because it’s not talking about setting goals for your business, it’s more about setting goals for yourself. Make daily goals for yourself, such as finishing that project that you’ve been putting off, or making sure you eat a healthy lunch during your break. Goals are fantastic motivation tools, and you should be using them in not only your business life but your personal life as well.
I know I’m not the only one who ate a little more food and a lot more sugar than they probably should have during the Holidays. All that sugary goodness comes with a price, however. Sugar can make you feel sluggish during the day because it’s burned up as energy at a much higher rate than other sources of energy. Try packing a salad, or a whole grain, low-calorie sandwich for lunch instead of going out to eat at a fast food place. You can also cut out sugary sodas and juices, and drink water and black coffee instead.
Holidays can sometimes be hard to recover from, but follow these simple tips and you’ll have no problem meeting your goals for the new year!
There are many different ways to not get pregnant. From sex education classes in grade school to PSAs, advertising, and more, it seems that society is always telling people how to not get pregnant. What’s less of a concern, it seems, are the way that you can get pregnant. Or, to put it another way, what supplements you can take to aid in the pregnancy process. Fairhaven Health wants to help trying-to-conceive couples with their natural fertility supplements.
Since 2003, Fairhaven Health has assisted couples who are trying to have children by providing a large range of products. These products are doctor-designed, non-prescription products that offer a natural alternative to many of the costly fertility drugs on the market.
Fairhaven Health carries top-name natural fertility enhancing supplements, including Fertilaid, FertileCM, and FertiliTea. They also have a great selection of ovulation predictors, such as OvaCue Fertility Monitor and Fertile Focus, just to name a few.
The fertility supplements sold by Fairhaven Health are used to promote reproductive health in both men and women and increase the chances of conception. The FertilAid supplement can be used by both men and women and was developed by leading fertility expert, Dr. Amos Grunebaum, ObGyn. It was developed to optimize fertility safely and naturally. It also delivers essential nutrients to both men and women that increase the chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy and baby. FertilAid supplements include “just the right amount” of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for fantastic and optimal preconception and prenatal health.
Fairhaven Health also supplies OvaBoost, an egg quality and fertility enhancer; FertileCM cervical mucus enhancer; CountBoost for Men, for increase sperm count; Myo-Inositol, for proper hormone balance, ovarian function, egg quality, and menstrual cycle regularity; and many more products.
They even have FertiliTea, for those customers who would rather drink their vitamins and minerals than take them in a pill form. FertiliTea’s taste great, as well!
Nothing is more beneficial to conceiving a child than predicting the optimal time of the month for conception. Fairhaven Health sells a number of amazing ovulation prediction products that help customers pinpoint their ovulation date.
The Ovulation Fertility Monitor is a great tool for accurately predicting ovulation without having to do a messy urine test. The monitor has a 98% accuracy rating, making it an almost perfect predictor of ovulation. It comes in a hand-held model, but for those who want to be a little more techy with their monitor, there is also a mobile fertility monitor. This product comes with an optional BBT thermometer that connects directly to your customers’ iOS or Android device.
They also provide a large selection of Basal Thermometers for fertility charting. These are the perfect low-cost option for predicting peak fertility and ovulation periods.
Pregnancy & Nursing
In addition to pre-pregnancy products, Fairhaven Health also carries a variety of during pregnancy and post-pregnancy products. This includes supplements that can be taken during pregnancy to ensure that the fetus is healthy and nourished.
One of Fairhaven Health’s most popular newborn baby products is their line of Milkies products. Milkies has a wonderful line of newborn and infant products, including Milkies Milk Saver, for storing breast milk; Milkies Freeze, for storing breast milk for longer periods of time; an array of nursing blend supplements; Nursing Time Tea; Nipple Nurture Balm; and so much more.
Finding motivation during your work day can sometimes be a struggle. You can work and work and work on a project all morning, and then feel like you don’t need to finish any other assignments, or simply have run out of energy to do anything else by the afternoon. Or, you can come into work completely exhausted from staying up late the night before, and not even the strongest cup of dark roast coffee can awaken your sense of motivation to do anything that day; a quick desk nap sounds like a great idea, right?
Unfortunately, in the fast-paced, money making society that we live in, there’s no time to be lazy or to put off important assignments.
And rightfully so. There are countless instances of famous entrepreneurs, world leaders, and influential celebrities who got where they are today by putting in the required work and effort.
If you find yourself dozing off at work (especially after a full lunch belly) then we’ve got a few tips today that can possibly help you get out of that unproductive slump!
Play Some Upbeat Tunes
If you’re like me, then working in a noisy and distracting office really tests your patience. Whether it’s a coworker who likes to talk for hours, office construction, people popping into your office for random things, or any number of other distractions, it’s hard to block it all out and focus on the task at hand. That’s why I bring headphones to work and crank up some uplifting tunes to help me stay motivated and keep out all the unwanted diversions. This is even more important during your after-lunch workflow, as this is typically the time when people feel tired, due to getting full from a large lunch or just running out of energy around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Make yourself a work playlist full of your favorite pump-up tunes and see if this helps stir your creative juices!
Drink Coffee, If That’s Your Thing
Look, coffee isn’t for everyone. I get that. But it’s definitely good for one thing: energy. A good, strong cup of coffee usually has enough caffeine to push me through prime naptime (a.k.a. around 2 in the afternoon). If you can’t stand the taste of coffee, then there are tons of other options out there to give you a great boost, including teas, energy drinks, sodas, and vitamins, like B12! Experiment with a lot of different options, and see which one works best for you.
Get Up Every Hour For A Quick Stretch
Sitting down all day really doesn’t help your energy levels. It keeps your body sedentary and makes it that much harder to find any motivation to do your work in the afternoon. One of my coworkers has a really interesting solution to this problem. He sets a timer on his computer to alter him every 45 minutes to stand up, walk around, and stretch for about 10-15 minutes. I’ve been trying this as well, and it seems to help me stay awake after lunch (not to mention, it’s great for digesting that big lunch meal). Even a little bit of moment to break up the hours of sitting down that your body endures every day is a great practice to keep.
Invest In Standing Desks
Another solution the breaking up the long periods of sitting that you might do each day is to invest in a standing desk. A standing desk is just what the name says; a desk that you stand and work at, instead of sitting in an office chair. Studies have shown that sitting down all day is detrimental to the health of an employee and has even been called Sitting Disease. Gina Trapan of Lifehacker lists two main reasons that she switched to a standing desk instead of a sitting desk: better posture and higher calorie burn. For more on the benefits of standing desks, check out Gina’s Lifehacker article.
Have Something To Look Forward To After Work
What do you like to do in your free time? Exercise? Cook? Play with your children? Go on walks with your dog? Watch TV? Play video games? No matter what that thing is, it’s important, and healthy, to look forward to doing something you love after you get off work. If you have nothing to look forward to after work, you run the risk of becoming even more unmotivated, de-energized, and even depressed in your day-to-day workflow. Use what you’re looking forward to doing after work as a motivator for you to get busy with your tasks! When you have a solid work motivation, even if that motivation is looking forward to NOT working, you’ll find it easier to get through the afternoon.
Give Yourself Rewards
Have you ever gotten a reward for accomplishing a goal? This could be a raise at work, a bonus, or just a friendly handshake or pat-on-the-back from your manager or supervisor. But what about giving yourself rewards? Sounds kinda weird, right? It’s totally not! Think of it like this: if you set a goal for yourself to finish a certain task during the day, and you achieve that goal, wouldn’t it be nice to treat yourself to a delicious, decadent cup of coffee, or a sweet scoop of ice cream? Maybe these aren’t the healthiest reward options, but you can always substitute these unhealthy treats for healthier ones! It’s great to give yourself rewards for accomplishing goals because you’re not always going to get that recognition from somebody else. Use your rewards to motivate your work ethic!
Getting motivated isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but with these easy to do and fun tips, you’ll find yourself crushing your tasks, and getting more accomplished than you ever have before!
Twenty-four hours seems like a lot of time, but when you couple that time with the amount of time you spend at work, socializing, taking care of kids, and commuting, it’s really not enough time. Unless you’re super dedicated to taking time out of each day to exercise, it’s almost impossible to find the time to stay healthy and active.
And waking up early or after work to exercise? Forget it. I know all I want to do after a hard day of work is change into my comfy clothes, plop down on the couch, and relax. If you’re like me and find it hard to make time for exercise, check out these simple activities you can do to make sure you’re staying healthy, even when you’re stuck in an office for eight hours a day!
1. Park further away from your office
Do you usually try to get that coveted parking spot, and park right next to the office doors? Try parking all the way at the other end of your building’s parking lot. You’ll get at least a little bit of walking in when you go to and from your vehicle.
2. Sit up straight at your desk
If you have a problem with slouching at your desk, whether it’s from an uncomfortable chair or just all around poor posture, try to remember to sit up straight at your desk. This helps reduce the stress on your back muscles and spine.
3. Get a stability ball or standing desk
Is sitting up straight failing to do the trick? Get a stability ball! These big, inflatable exercise balls are perfect for improving posture. And if that’s not your thing, try a standing desk. Research proves that standing up is an overall healthier way to work.
4. Get up and walk around the office every hour
You’re going to be taking bathroom breaks anyway, why not take the long way around the office back to your desk? Getting up and moving every hour is essential to combatting a sedentary job.
5. Take the stairs, rather than the elevator
This might only apply to those working in a multi-floor office building, but it’s alway better to get the heart pumping and lungs working harder by taking the stairs.
6. Do some stretching
Sitting down for so long each day really makes your muscles tighten up. Get loose, and do some stretching whenever you get the chance. Just some simple toe touches or arm circles do wonders for a tense body.
7. Walk to someone’s office instead of emailing or calling
I know how easy it is to just send a quick email, or pick up your phone to call someone, but why not get up and go visit their office every so often? Plus, face-to-face interactions are often better for good communication, as you’re able to read someone’s body language along with what they’re saying to you.
8. Raise your legs and hold them up for a few seconds while sitting
This might sound a bit funny, but raising your legs to a 90-degree angle from your waist, and holding it there for at least 15 seconds, is a quick way to get some leg work in!
9. For the really active, get a treadmill desk!
Treadmill desks are another unique office health trend that’s been popping up recently. Walking (or running, for the extreme exercisers) while working on your computer really gets your blood flowing!
10. Geat A Stationary bike
Another option for those who really want to exercise while at the office, you can get a stationary bike to pedal while you type away and answer emails!
11. Do pushups
At lunch, or during times when you have a little break, do a few pushups next to your desk. Your co-workers might look at you like your crazy, but the health benefits are worth a few strange looks.
12. Try Yoga
This is a great option for those who want to spend some of their lunch break working out, but don’t want to get too sweaty. Bring your yoga mat to work, and stretch it out!
13. Take half of your lunch break and do a quick workout at the gym
Lots of people choose to spend half of their lunch break doing a quick 15 to 30-minute workout at a nearby gym. Keep in mind, however, that your co-workers will have to smell you when you get through, so always bring a change of clothes and some extra deodorant!
14. Bike or run to work, if you’re close enough
Finally, if you live close by your office, you can choose to bike or run to work instead of commuting through annoying rush hour traffic. Again, bring extra clothes to change into when you get there. Otherwise, you’ll end up smelling like a locker room (and probably looking like one, too).
There are tons of small ways you can sneak in a workout while at the office, and these are just a few of them! Find out which ones work best for you and your schedule, and maybe invent some of your own along the way!
The cold, dry winter is coming! This time of year brings snow, hot chocolate and Santa. Winter also brings chapped lips and dry skin. This nuisance shouldn’t impair you any longer. Lulu’s Garden LLC can help combat those wintry irritations.
Lulu knew there was a need for fresh, functional and fabulous lip balm. Long gone are the days of standing in line at a convenient store to find the best option for your lips. Each one of Lulu’s creations combines beeswax, jojoba oil, almond oil and cocoa butter, as well as many more all-natural ingredients. Nurturing body and mind is a non-negotiable when considering Lulu’s Garden. The custom blends are handmade and bring luscious results with aromatherapy added in, too!
Lulu’s Garden provides lip balms in tubes and smudge pots, and they also produce hand balms. Choose from 15 unique scents of lip smudge pots, including coffee, lemon and grapefruit, peppermint and many more.
Seven glorious options are included in the tube line of lip balms. Grapefruit and peppermint are carried over from the smudge pot line, but be sure to check out the myrrh in a tube! The line of hand balms heal and restore the most neglected part of your body with essential oils and aromatherapy.
Lulu garnered inspiration from her mother, Helen. Helen was an entrepreneur herself and passed on the persistence, diligence, and perseverance to Lulu. A lasting legacy was formed when Lulu’s Garden took off. Every one of their balms will melt across your lips and leave your pout perfectly moisturized for hours.
The winter weather is here, but this winter won’t keep you held down with chapped lips anymore, thanks to Lulu’s Garden LLC!
By a show of hands, who here hates their morning commute to work? (I can’t see your hands, obviously, but I’m imagining a sea of palms raised high in silent agreement).
Whether it’s the other frantic drivers that constantly whip in and out of lanes almost causing wrecks, or the people who actually do get in wrecks that cause major delays in the traffic flow, commuting to work can be a royal pain in the you-know-what.
It’s not just the commute, either. When you work far from home, chores don’t get finished, dinners don’t get made, more money is put into gas for your car, and eventually you get fed up with being cooped up inside your bland office for 8+ hours a day.
Thankfully, technology has made a way to make working from home a possibility. Known as telecommuting, it’s quickly becoming the preferred way for employers to easily work with their busy employees. If your company is thinking of letting some employees work from home, or switching your entire company over to a telecommute business, these six advantages might just tip the scales in favor of this strategy!
1. Increases Employee Productivity – You’re probably thinking, “How does working from home increase productivity? If anything, it’ll be decreasing it!” This is a common roadblock that most employers can’t cross, because they believe by working from home, employees will be more distracted by things like TV, kids, and pets. A study by Stanford University showed that call center employees who worked from home had a 13 percent increase in productivity than their office-occupying co-workers. Another study from the University of Texas showed that telecommuters are willing to work 5 to 7 hours longer per week than office workers.
2. Reduces Turnover – Employees’ moods during the work day are positively or negatively affected by one defining factor: how their mornings go. If they have a stressful commute to work, their mood will be negatively affected, which will in turn affect their happiness, which could then lead them to looking for a new job. Working from home reduces commuter stress. In fact, in a research study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found, “Employees who telecommute the majority of the work week are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those working mostly in the office because working remotely alleviates more stress than it creates.”
3. It’s Cost-Effective – “Show me the money!:” the universal motto for business owners (and Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire). If you think about, of course telecommuting will save your business money. You don’t have to spend money on bigger work spaces, more heat and air to keep employees comfortable, and bigger and better computers for employees. According to data from Global Workplace Analytics, telecommuting actually saves an average of $11,000 per year for every employee who works remotely.
4. Less Sick Days – This one’s a no-brainer: less employees at work means there’s less of a chance that someone will bring a stomach virus to work and infect your entire crew. That means your employees will be taking fewer sick days. This isn’t true in all cases, especially if your employee has kids that can get them sick, but it’s generally true for most people.
5. Reduces Employee Stress – When employees are allowed to work from home, they avoid these stress-causers and time-consumers: rush hour traffic, going to the grocery store after work, taking care of dinner when they get home, cleaning their homes, picking up their children, getting a babysitter for younger children, feeding the pets, going to doctor’s appointments, making it to the post office and banks before they close (you see where this is going?) It also keeps them out of workplace stress-activators, such as constant meetings, office politics, and other employees distracting them from their workflow.
6. Great Tools To Make It Work – If you’re a manager, or owner of a business, and you’re wondering how to stay in touch with an employee who telecommutes, consider these great tools!
Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime – These video chatting tools make it easy for you to hold meetings with employees who work remotely. They’re all free, and only require a computer with a webcam, a microphone, and a login in order to use them!
Google Documents, Spreadsheets – Google has really changed the game for people who work remotely, and with Google Docs and Spreadsheets, collaborating with other employees in a team is easier than ever. Sharing documents, adding comments, and editing files are super simple tasks thanks to live-editing (you can actually watch someone on another computer editing your document while you have it open on your computer).
Slack– Email is great, but Slack is better. This nifty tool lets employees communicate using a form of instant messaging, but it also lets them create specific groups (called channels) to discuss different projects or subjects. You can also share files easily inside of Slack, and search for keywords if you need to find a specific project from long ago.
Telecommuting shouldn’t be something to fear. Embrace it, and not only will it make your employees happier, it’ll make you happier as well!
Check out the video below for more advantages of working from home!
How often do you get up and walk around during a typical day of work? Do you have to stand up a lot, or do you mostly sit at a desk for 8+ hours staring at a computer? Is the only exercise you get during a work day your trip to the bathroom or break room?
For many of us — myself included — getting exercise and moving around at work is sometimes a tough thing to do.
Studies have shown that sitting down too much during the day can lead to shorter life expectancy. Scary, huh? So, check out these simple things that can help you stay healthy even when you’re glued to your comfy, swiveling office chair all day.
Stretch It Out
Just because you’re sitting in a chair all day doesn’t mean you have to let your body get stiff and uncomfortable. By doing a few quick stretches at your desk, you’ll prevent many of the typical pains of sitting down for long periods of time, such as back pain, carpal tunnel and neck pain.
For your back, you can lift your arm over the top of your head and reach toward the opposite side, while keeping your back upright. This helps to loosen those tight back muscles.
Your neck can be stretched by taking your hand and grabbing the opposite side of your head, then gently pull your head toward your shoulder.
And finally, you can stretch out your arms and shoulders by taking one hand and grabbing the opposite hand, then stretch both arms up toward the sky.
Oh, office breakroom, you are ever so inviting to my desires. With your machines full of sodas and candies, you tempt my sweet tooth.
No! Fight the urges to partake in a sweet or fatty treat while at work. As appealing as those snacks look, they’re also detrimental to your health.
A combination of inactivity and unhealthy snacking can result in a deadly formula for weight gain and health problems.
Instead, pack a snack to take with you to work every day. Make a healthy smoothie, bring a refillable cup for water, or pack some pretzels and hummus. These are much healthier options, and will keep you from gaining any unwanted weight.
Stay Mentally Healthy
Being healthy isn’t just about your physical health; having good mental health is also important.
When you’re sitting a desk, staring at a bright computer screen all day, your mind can sort of turn to mush. I’m sure a lot of us feel drained when we leave work each day, wanting nothing more to get home and relax in front of the TV.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take breaks at work from your computer screen and save your sanity with these easy tips:
Go on a walk around your building during your lunch break. This will keep you moving, and let you enjoy the beautiful, outside world.
If you have the time, use half of your hour long lunch break to go to a nearby gym for a quick workout. A 15 minute jog is all you need to do to stay active.
Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle during your break, or when you have free time. This will keep your brain engaged and challenge it to do something outside of your normal work agenda.
Watch a funny video on YouTube, or read a magazine during your work breaks. It’ll lighten your mood, and re-energize you to make it through the rest of the day.
It’s not difficult to live a healthy life while at work, but it will take some initiative on your part. But the results will allow you to have a much happier and healthier work life!