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Be Kind to Yourself

Wardens Office - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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. 

The Power of Kindness

Wardens Office - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

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! 

Spring Cleaning

Wardens Office - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

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.

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.

Happy Spring Cleaning .... in your office!  

Identify Your Peeps

Wardens Office - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Here's a novel idea: instead of committing to a list of resolutions, commit to friends and family.  Decide you'll make them a priority and spend more time with them this year.

The first step is to compose a list of the people you want in your life - people you love and people who are good for you (not people you feel "obligated to see").  That could be family, friends, people you want to know better, or people you have lost touch with.  Ask yourself: Who brings out the best in me?  Who makes me laugh?  Who elevates my mood?  Narrow your list to no more than ten people.  Next decide how you want to keep in touch.  Each person will be different.  You may be able only to Skype with your friend halfway around the world, but you can have monthly dinners with your sister or plan weekly workouts with your friend who lives just down the street.  

True relationships require time, commitment, and, yes..., work.  Relationships can't thrive and deepen unless you acknowledge that and work at it.  But the rewards are great: rich and satisfying relationships that can last a lifetime.  

Get Uncomfortable

Wardens Office - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

If you want to make the most of you career - and your life - then challenge yourself.  Playing it safe and sticking to what's known and comfortable will not help you fulfill your potential.  The problem with safe is that it doesn't force you to think outside the box, to experiment, or to broaden your horizons.  

If  you're more accustomed to sticking to your comfort zone, be sure you start out slow with small challenges and work your way up to bigger ones.  Each success will increase your confidence and knowledge so that next time, you'll take on a bigger challenge.  Getting uncomfortable and really challenging yourself will help you achieve your goals for 2018 and grow as a person!

Gratitude Works

Wardens Office - Friday, November 17, 2017

Gratitude Works

The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. And gratitude doesn't need to be reserved only for momentous occasions: Sure, you might express gratitude after receiving a promotion at work, but you can also be thankful for something as simple as a delicious piece of pumpkin pie.  

Ask us Why We Wear Jeans In October

Wardens Office - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ask Us Why We Wear Jeans In October!

Warden's has an annual tradition of allowing staff to wear jeans in the month of October.  This tradition started about ten years ago, as a way to get our employees involved and participating in the fight against cancer.  For any day in October that a staff member would like to wear jeans, he/she makes a$5 donation towards cancer research.  In the month of October you will see many Warden's employees sporting their jeans for the cause.  Small steps lead to big strides! 

New Hours at Our Outlet Center

Our new business hours at the Outlet (610 N 9th Street) will be Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm (Closed Saturdays andSundays), mirroring the operating hours of our Administrative Offices and J Street Showroom downtown.  

Youre Invited

Wardens Office - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

You're Invited!

Modesto Chamber "Business After Hours".

Warden's and Never Boring are teaming up once again in co-hosting another great mixer - Business After Hours - Event.  This Thursday, September 21st, starting at 5:30 pm 

"Chalk It Up" with Live music spotlighting Nathan Ignacio and a whole lot more!

Hope to see you this Thursday!

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Wardens Office - Friday, August 18, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Sit and Stand While at Work

Wardens Office - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Sit AND Stand While you Work! 

Are you tired of being tired after work or even while still at work? Do you want to feel better about your job? If so, take a quick look at these 4 reasons why you should find a way to sit and stand while at work. It doesn't matter if you put a box on your desk to elevate your monitor and keyboard, or if you buy a full size adjustable desk, the goal is to get you up and moving while you work.

1.   Recent studies have shown a link between sitting in a chair all day and cancer rates. "It's just one more reason to get up and walk," said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge "The message here is like everything in your life. People need to recognize that the things you do every day have consequences. And if you're in a job that does require sitting, that's fine, but any time you can expend energy is good. That's the key."

2.   When you feel better physically, you tend to feel better about your work. Standing part of the day can increase circulation, focus and productivity.  

3.   To avoid health risks you need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. By standing at an adjustable workstation part of the day, you have the opportunity to do squats and calf lifts while you are working.

4.   The answer isn't to stand all day either. Hazards Magazine says "Individuals spending most of the day on their feet are at greater risk of health problems including varicose veins, poor circulation and swelling in the feet and legs, foot problems, joint damage, heart and circulatory problems and pregnancy difficulties."

The bottom line: a combination of sitting and standing at your job will create a healthier happier YOU.  Like most things in life, moderation is the key.  Try alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day to discover the benefits!