How to Have a Great Work-Life Balance

It can be hard to balance a job, family, friends, household chores, and everything else you need to stay on top of. To help, I’m going to show you some tips on how to have a great work-life balance. Let’s get started!

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Plan & Prioritize

Planning everything out in advance can save a lot of time and stress. Jot down all of your meetings, presentations, and work responsibilities. This way you know what’s coming, and you can accomplish it much more efficiently. It can be really helpful to prioritize daily/weekly tasks and number them in order of importance. When you’re done, simply work your way down the list.

Pencil in Time With Family and Friends

It’s also important to plan your personal life. Set aside time for a game night with family, brunch with friends, and personal time for yourself.

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Utilize Time-Saving Tools

Take advantage of anything that can help you save time throughout your day. Even all the planning in the world cannot make more time. Sometimes it may be necessary to give tasks to others. You can also do things like hire an occasional maid, order groceries online, and pay someone to do your laundry.

Be Present Wherever You Are

Whether you are at work or at home: be present. It’s important to be focused on what you’re doing now to be as productive as possible. When you’re at home, disconnect mentally and physically from work. Turn of your work phone, put away the paperwork, and don’t look at emails.

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Use Your Vacation Time

Having time to relax, reflect, and gain a new perspective is so important. Give yourself time to unwind and recharge.

I hope these tips on how to have a great work-life balance helped you! What do you do to keep a great work-life balance?

 

 

 

How to Wake Up Without Coffee

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I’ll admit it: I’m the first to rush to the Keurig for my cup of coffee in the morning. I’m even drinking coffee right now. Oops. If you’re like me and looking for other ways to wake up and stay alert throughout the day, this post is for you. Today I’m going to share five tips on how to wake up without coffee. Let’s get started!

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Sunlight

Open the blinds and take a moment to appreciate the sun. Not only will this put you in a great mood, it will also get your eyes to start adjusting to the light.

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Workout

Head to the gym, do yoga, or go for a walk. Get some form of exercise in first thing in the morning. Working out has been shown to boost your energy and your mood.

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Have a Conversation With Someone

Call a friend, family member, or coworker and talk. We can recharge by connecting with others, so a phone call in the morning is a great way to utilize this and get your brain flowing.

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Drink a Cold Glass of Water

Drinking cold water triggers your adrenaline and boosts blood flow to your brain. Try having a glass while you get ready in the morning!

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Make a Morning Playlist

Make a playlist for yourself and listen to it in the morning. Pick some upbeat tunes to help you get energized and excited for the day ahead!

I hope you enjoyed these tips on how to wake up without coffee! How do you wake up in the morning?

 

Why Are Office Chairs So Expensive?

We’ve all bought the $20 office chair from Walmart, so a pricetag of $200+ on a chair can be a bit overwhelming. Why are office chairs so expensive? Let’s find out.

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Design

A lot goes into designing a quality office chair, for example research, destruction testing, scientists, engineers, and doctors. Some chairs require years of research and testing to develop the desired high quality product. Leap, a chair by Steelcase, took four years.

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Materials

The materials found in higher quality chairs will cost more to produce. Many less expensive chairs feature fiber and other cheap cloth, while more expensive chairs will feature leather, vinyl, and polyurethane. More padding, sewing, and seat adjustments are also an additional cost for production.

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Ergonomics

Ergonomic means designed for efficiency and comfort in the workplace. Simply put, an ergonomic chair will be more comfortable and user-friendly. It is important to consider ergonomics, especially if you’re sitting at your desk 40 hours a week. Sitting for long periods of time can have negative effects on your health and can lead to organ damage, muscle degeneration, and leg disorders. Click here to learn more.

A high quality chair will provide features that allow you to be comfortable and adjust the chair to your perfect fit. This will give you better posture and help prevent the negative effects of sitting. Click here to see common seat adjustments and options of higher quality chairs.

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Customizability

When you search for a chair at your local super center, you will probably have limited options. There may be a few chairs to choose from that each come in a few colors. When you search for a chair at a furniture store, however, you will be  opened to hundreds (if not, thousands) of options. This includes seat adjustments, arms/no arms, headrest/no headrest, fabric, color, upholstered or mesh, etc. You get the luxury of building a chair exactly how you want it, which is much more difficult to find in a store that mass produces their chairs at the lowest cost possible.

Click here to visit the SitOnIt ChairBuilder application. This will give you a very good understanding of all the options a higher quality chair gives…plus it’s really fun.

I hope this information about why office chairs are so expensive was helpful to you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments! What’s the most you would pay for an office chair?

 

Storey Kenworthy Supports Lutheran Services in Iowa

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Storey Kenworthy is proud to support Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) with the work that they do to help families in Iowa. Presenting the check to LSI Director of Philanthropy John Claes (middle) are VP of Sales Lincoln Dix and Account Executive Jessica Bartels.

LSI partners with children, youth and families, people with disabilities, elderly, and people of refugee status. It is one of Iowa’s largest human service agencies and has over 1,000 employees. We are happy to support such a great cause!

 

 

 

 

Things to Do During Your Lunch Break

Before you chug three cups of coffee to stay alert at work today, remember your lunch break can help with this too! Today I’ll be sharing several things you can do during your lunch break to refresh and reenergize. Let’s get started!

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Go for a Walk

Get outside and get some fresh air and exercise. Going for a walk can lower your stress and lift your mood, according to the Huffington Post.

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Get Lunch With Your Partner

Have lunch with a friend or your partner. Take some time to catch up, laugh, and eat good food.

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Do Yoga

Head to a local yoga studio and clear your mind. This can help lower your blood pressure and heart rate during a stressful day at the office, according to Mayo Clinic.

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Take a Nap

Taking a short nap during your lunch break can boost your alertness and performance, according to Consumer Health Digest. Be sure to keep your nap around 15-30 minutes long for maximum benefits.

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Read

Whether it’s a book, a magazine, or a news article, read. Getting out of the office mentally and thinking/learning about something other than work can be refreshing.

What do you do to refresh and reenergize during your lunch break? Let us know in the comments!

Different Types of Planners & How to Find the Right One for You

There are so many different ways you can plan out your days, weeks, and months. That being said, it’s important to find a way that works for you. Today I wanted to go over some options you have when it comes to planning–let’s get started!

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Appointment Books

There are several different kinds of appointment books, for example daily, weekly, monthly, and weekly-monthly. Personally, I prefer the weekly-monthly. This allows me to jot down any important dates (bills, birthdays, appointments, etc.) in the monthly spread and keep track of what I need to get done each day of the week with the weekly spread. A daily spread may allow you more space when planning each day (each page of the planner is typically just one day) and may be a good option if you have a lot of daily appointments with set times. Some people may choose to have multiple kinds of appointment books–it all depends on what works well for you.

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Wall or Desk Calendar

These are typically large sheets of paper with a monthly glance. These are great to leave at your desk or hang up on the wall and make it very easy to jot down important appointments quickly. The days of the month are also large enough to write down daily tasks. A white board wall calendar can be a great idea for your office!

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Planning Apps

There are also a few great planning apps available.

  • Planner Pro- Combines events, tasks, and notes in one place.
  • Productive Habit Tracker- This app allows you to track all of your good habits for the month. You enter an activity you want to do, which day and time you want to do it, and then the app will send you a reminder when it’s time. It will also track your progress, so you can see how many days this month you did this activity.
  • Any.do: To-Do List-This app allows you to create to do lists, share them with others, share between devices, and add notes/reminders.

Remember: it’s important to find a way of planning that works for you. That might mean using multiple planners, a phone app, or a wall calendar. Happy planning!

Click here for more tips and planning inspiration!

Click here to view all of the planners we have to offer and find the right one for you!

 

Storey Kenworthy Foundation for Giving

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Storey Kenworthy is pleased to announce that we implemented the Storey Kenworthy Foundation For Giving and will award four $2500 grants to non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the State of Iowa.

If you know a non-profit in need, please share the link below!

http://www.storeykenworthy.com/content/foundationforgiving

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In the spirit of this exciting announcement, I thought I’d share some ways you can give back to your community as well!

  • Volunteer at the animal shelter.
  • Visit local seniors/senior centers.
  • Bake dessert for a soup kitchen, veteran club, etc.
  • Find people and/or organizations that are willing to donate clothing items and organize a clothing sale. Either make the clothes free or charge a small amount and donate the money you make to a great cause.
  • If you’re the creative type, offer helping to create the set of a local show or musical.

There are so many great ways to give back to your community! Leave any other volunteer ideas you have in the comments!

Five Ways to Have a Great Morning

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BEEP BEEP BEEP. Eyes open. Hit the alarm. Sleep just a little bit longer. Repeat.

Mornings are hard, but there are a few things you can do to make them a little easier. Today I’ll be sharing five ways to have a  great morning–let’s get started!

Prepare the Night Before

Sit out your outfit, prepare your work lunch, and pack away anything you’ll need the night before. This will take away the stress of gathering everything up ten minutes before you frantically rush out the door.

Wakeup Earlier

That’s right–get an earlier start to your day. Wake up with enough time to get ready for work and have some time for yourself. Take 10 to 30 minutes to read, write in your planner, or do yoga. This time is so important for starting the day on a positive note.

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Eat Breakfast

Whether you bring a granola bar to work or prepare egg whites and toast at home, eat a filling breakfast. A healthy breakfast gives you the energy and nutrients you need to concentrate at work.

Listen to Podcasts or Motivational Videos

If you have some time in the car, listen to a podcast or a motivational video. You can learn something new and/or get into a positive mindset.

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Do Something Nice for Someone Else

Pay for someone’s coffee, hold the door for someone, or give out a compliment. Whatever you do, try to make someone else’s day better in a small way. Not only does this help to make you feel more happy, but multiple studies have linked generosity to better health.

What do you do to get a great start to your day? Let us know in the comments!

 

How to Give a Great Presentation

Today I’ll be giving you several tips and tricks on how to give a great presentation.

Presenting can be stressful. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to feel more confident and prepared. Let’s get started!

Choose a Topic You Know and Know Well.

Your audience members want to gain something from your presentation, so it’s important to pick a topic you already know a lot about. What areas are you skilled in? What topic do you know so well you could teach it to someone else? This can also help give you more confidence during the presentation.

Stick to One Point.

Don’t try to cover too much material in one sitting. Throwing out too much information can quickly make your audience lose interest. Try to pick one main point and build your presentation around that.

Tell a Story.

People love hearing stories. Engage your audience by telling a story to make a point rather than using a graph or statistic.

Practice.

Practice your presentation with friends and family. Rehearsing can help make you more confident during the actual presentation. This is also a good chance to time the presentation and make sure it’s not too long.

Don’t Read From the Slide.

Many presenters make the mistake of filling their slide with text and reading word for word to the audience. Is there anything more boring? This hinders the presenter from engaging with the audience. Instead, try putting a  photo and a couple keywords on the slide.

Show Emotion.

Get into it. Use your hands, your voice, and your face to express what you’re saying.

Have Fun.

Last but certainly not least, have fun with it. Throw out a joke and feed off of your audience. If you have fun, odds are so will they.

I hope these presentation tips were helpful to you. If you need help creating slides for your presentation, click here!

How do you prepare for  a presentation? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

10 Ways to Stay Healthy in the Office

Work. It can be physically and mentally draining. Furthermore, spending eight hours a day in the same exact spot doing the same exact thing can lead to health problems down the road. There are small steps you can take everyday to avoid the aftermath of your nine to five.

Utilize Your Drive to Work

Some of you may commute 15, 20, or even 60 minutes to work everyday. What do you do with that time? How do you prepare for your day? It’s a great idea to take advantage of this time and listen to motivational speeches or podcasts. A great day starts with a healthy mind and a positive attitude. This is one way to get there.

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Photo Credit: Amy Selleck https://www.flickr.com/photos/amyselleck/

Come Prepared With Healthy Food and Snacks

Giving your body the nutrients it needs throughout the day is essential for having energy and focus.Wake up a little earlier and prepare yourself a healthy lunch. If you need ideas for quick, healthy lunch options, click here.

Make a to-do List

Start everyday off with your goals in mind. What do you need to get done today? Jot it down on a piece of paper or a planner and get it done. You can use this time to plan out what you’ll do after work to be productive as well. Read a book, learn a new skill, or go to the gym. Which brings me to my next point:

Be as Active as Possible Outside of Work

You won’t always have time to go for a walk during your lunch break or lift a dumbbell while you’re on the phone. Make working out and being healthy a priority that is worth your time after work. Go to the gym. Take your dog on a walk. Do what you need to do to get your exercise in and develop a habit of doing so.

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Photo Credit: Victor
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Track Your Caloric Intake with My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal is a free app that allows you to track the calories you take in throughout the day. Once you download it on your phone, you can access the “diary” where you can enter every food you eat. There is also a scanning feature, so you can scan the barcode on your food or drink and the calories will automatically come up. I use this app every single day.

Walk Whenever Possible

Get away from your desk as much as you can. Try doing a walking meeting or walk to the bathroom that’s farther away.

Practice Good Posture

If you don’t make a conscious effort to have good posture, it can lead to back and neck problems later on. Try sitting up straight with your elbows at a 90 degree angle while typing, your hips as far back on the chair as possible, your knees bent at a 90 degree angle, and feet flat on the floor.

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Photo Credit: Josh Hallett
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Take Phone Breaks

That’s right. Pull out your cell phone and browse your favorite websites for five to ten minutes. Researchers at the National University of Singapore found that web browsing re-energized employees and even increased their productivity, according to ABC News. It also lowered mental exhaustion and boredom. You’re welcome.

Know Your Limits 

It’s important to know when it’s time for a break. Working on the same project for hours on end is very draining, so take a moment to stretch or… pull out your phone (you’ve been paying attention)!

Use Vacation Time

Eventually, you will need to take a few days to recharge and refocus. Use your vacation time and use it wisely. Take a three day weekend and spend some time outside. Go on a road trip with your family. You’ll come back to work refreshed and ready to go.

I hope these tips on how to stay healthy in the office help you in some way. Remember that physical and mental health are extremely important when it comes to productivity and success.

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