3 Ways to Bring Energy and Interest to Your Office

You can frame practically anything – your child’s artwork, maps, special menus, wallpaper – the options are many.  Hang your art floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall, and it will bring a room to life.  I love the variety of the prints on this art wall.  With white walls and bold furniture any design will work.

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Framing family photos and clustering them is another way to bring warmth and inspiration to your office.  The black and white photos with white  frames and mat boards would look good with any office design.

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Lastly, botanicals.  They are vibrant and interesting and bring a little of the outdoors inside.

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You can search botanical prints on Etsy or Pinterest for inexpensive options.

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Countdown to College: Tips for Freshmen

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Arrive ready. Ready for a solid start to a successful first semester. And ready with the knowledge of resources available to help you when you stumble.

Freshman move-in day is fast approaching and one of the best things you can do in the weeks before you leave for school is to gain an overview of what to expect when you arrive on campus. Sometimes the excitement and anticipation of getting to college (and away from home…) glosses over the need to consider the many changes and challenges that take place in the first few months. For a smoother transition and a stronger start to your college career, you will want to do a little preparation before you arrive.

Here are a few primer lessons from Stepping Into College to get you off to a great start:

  1. Remember that social space is shared space.  Everyone benefits when we all watch out for each other.  Put in quality interactions and you will get back more of the same.
  2. Never forget that you are the boss of you.  Social interactions will often bring situations that require you to answer to someone else.  That should never mean that you surrender your own ability to make decisions for yourself.
  3. Remember, there are people who love you and care about you, no matter where you are and no matter what emotional state you are in. Let that knowledge give you confidence.
  4. Generosity is always a play for the win.  No one loses when people are generous. Give of your time, your spirit, your wisdom, and your heart.
  5. Be mindful of your own limits.  You cannot be everything to everyone. You cannot even be everything to yourself.
  6. Don’t expect everything to go off perfectly.  It is too high and too unreasonable an expectation of yourself and of others.
  7. Communication solves practically everything.

Do You Remember Your 2014 Resolutions?

Back in January instead of making resolutions, I picked 2 words to provide clarity for my 2014 plans.

BRAVE and FOCUS

 

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In an attempt to be more BRAVE, here are 2 things I have done this year:

1.  Getting comfortable with asking for help.

People like to help.

Working for myself and spending a lot of time working alone, it’s easy to get in the mode of trying to do everything myself.

The knowledge, opinions, and ideas of others, are invaluable. They can bring excitement to the good ideas and help us to rethink the not-so-good ones.

Here are 2 examples of how my business has benefited from asking for help:

  • My father is an avid reader – I believe his daily newspaper count is at 5 or 6. He sends me articles about organization, time management and entrepreneurship, which has been wonderful for building a portfolio of new information and for staying current on things I might miss.
  • Meeting on a weekly basis to work with another small business owner has been a very big contributor to getting  things done. This uninterrupted, dedicated time for working on projects, and having a new perspective as we share ideas, has helped me on many occasions.

2.  Committing to teaching a Paper Organizing Bootcamp in the fall

This is my really brave endeavor. Speaking in front of groups is way out of my comfort zone – I will let you know how that goes…

The 3 things that have helped most with FOCUS are:

  1. Incorporating single-tasking in my days.
  2. Setting a kitchen timer to 45 minutes for working on my tasks; taking a 5-10 minute break and then resetting for another 45 minutes.
  3. The Day Designer day planner.

If resolutions haven’t worked for you in the past — or for 2014 — I recommend choosing a word for help with guiding your actions.

Lighten Up for Better Productivity

Your environment makes a big difference in how creative and productive you are, and the light sources in your workspace are important to consider. Poor lighting can cause eye-strain and headaches, and directly impact your mood and energy levels. To find out more about lighting options for your home office, read here.

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Photography by Wolfgang Stahr

Using this light and fresh space for inspiration, here are 3 design combinations at different price points to get a similar look.

 

PicMonkey LOW

Low- $375

Desk: IKEA – $136

Light: Overstock – $186

Stool: $53

PicMonkey MED

Mid- $974

Desk: LampPlus – $399

Light: Overstock – $460

Stool: Overstock – $115

PicMonkey HIGH

High- $3970

Desk: BluDot – $699

Light: Jonathon Adler – $2277

Stool: Plantation – $995

Ceiling Paint Ideas: Sherwin-Williams 6217 Topsail or Benjamin Moore Iceberg 2122-50

Wall Paint Ideas: Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967 or Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa 7551

 

30-Day Creative Cleanse

I love lists.  Especially those with clearly defined daily tasks that keep me on track to a bigger goal.  With summer here (and midway through the year) it’s a good time to refresh and jumpstart your creative business.

This 30-Day Creative Business Cleanse is for anyone feeling “overwhelmed, disorganized, digitally cramped, or needing a semi-annual business cleanse”.

You can start any time. Just print and post the checklist and let me know how it goes!

 

 

 

You Choose.

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