Happy Independence DayThe Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. However you celebrate, Warden's would like to wish all our customers a very Happy and Safe 4th of July celebration!
Being kind to others is sometimes easier than being kind to yourself. But in order to do the former, it helps to do the latter. Here are some good places to start:
Make me time. Every day, carve out some time to do something that brings you joy. Alone time is important for recharging your battery.
Recognize your wins. It's easy to see others' achievements but often harder to see and appreciate our own. When you do something you're proud of, pause and recognize it. Once you can do this, you'll be better able to accept praise and compliments from others.
Forgive yourself. Stop blaming yourself. Instead, forgive yourself so you can learn from the past and move on.
Don't berate yourself. When you make a mistake or don't reach a goal, you have two choices. You can either beat yourself up or you can lift yourself up.
Take care of you health. Get enough sleep, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, learn to handle stress, and get regular exercise. Nobody else can do this for you.
Simple acts of kindness can have powerful and transformative effects. Consider a women visiting New York City who had only $10 in cash to pay for her $15 taxi ride. Not only did the driver accept her $10, but he returned a couple of dollars to her because he didn't want her to be penniless in the big city. The women says she was so grateful that it transformed her mood - she found herself performing random acts of kindness to strangers and friends weeks after the taxi ride.
Kindness is one of the most poignant sources of connection to others. It fosters joy, relationships, health and faith in humanity.
But kindness does not get the recognition it deserves. Some people equate being kind with being weak or boring. But it takes greater strength to be kind than it does to be unkind, For example, it's much easier to avoid the elderly neighbor across the street than it is to stop by and see how she's doing, and it's much easier to carry a chip on your shoulder than to forgive a friend.Being kind requires great strength of character, but the benefits to you and the world are enormous!
Whether you’re working at the kitchen table in your home, or you’re logging your work hours in a cubicle, staying organized can be a big challenge. The aesthetics of a messy, cluttered desk aren’t ideal for any office environment, but the real issue is the unnecessary time and energy you have to spend looking for important documents or handy office tools – and how that wasted time can affect your productivity. Here are a few tips to keep your workspace organized.
1. Get Rid of Old Papers
Chances are many of those papers piled high on your desk aren’t of any value to you. As you begin to sort through your stack of papers, begin asking yourself: Do I need this? Why? Where will I look for it when I need it? Then, create a filing system that best fits your needs, and make a point to file future printouts as they are created to keep the problem from reoccurring. Remember to think before you print. Ask yourself: Do I really need to print that file, or can it survive in binary code?
2. Remove Workplace Clutter
To save your company from the liability of workplace trips and falls, remove the clutter in any hallway, bathrooms, near stairwells, and especially break room areas. Find a place to store objects that have been thrown into the corner. If there is no use for them, donate or discard.
Happy Spring Cleaning .... in your office!
3. Keep Supplies and Often-Used Items Separate
Daily-use items that you’ll likely need throughout the course of a day, like your laptop, pens, planner, and Post-It Notes, all deserve a spot on your desk. Other items, such as tape, stapler, paper clips, and envelopes, should be neatly stored inside your desk. This keeps less-frequently-used items from taking up valuable desk real estate, but ensures that they are easily accessible.
4. Organize Your Computer
When your favorite desktop background starts getting obscured with icons, it’s time to de-clutter your virtual desktop. File away documents that you’ll need again, and send everything else off to the virtual recycle bin. Not only will you have a much more attractive looking desktop screen, but you will save countless hours searching for your important documents.
5. Slow Down
One of the biggest pitfalls to organization is finding the time. Invest the time to properly organize your space, so files, supplies, and other items are in an intuitive, easy-to-find place. Once you’ve established a system that works for you, stick to it! Spending a few seconds to return items to a designated spot will help you save lots of time in the long run.