Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Joys of Beautiful Stationery

If you think that stationery is just for kids ‘back to school’- you’re seriously missing out! Not only can you get some beautiful designs, but it’s incredibly useful as an adult too. In a world where we’re all so busy, it’s a great way to keep us organized. Here are some of the different types of beautiful stationery items out there.


Paper Products
Notebooks, diaries, Filofaxes, calendars, post-it notes- not only do these things look beautiful when they’re neatly arranged at your desk, but they also keep you organized too. Whether it’s writing out your daily to-do list or shopping list, keeping appointments, planning meetings or working out your bills- these kinds of products are really useful to have. It’s true that you can save this kind of information online, or use apps or computer programs. But often it’s a lot quicker and easier to put pen to paper instead. The act of writing things out actually helps you to remember them better. Plus, you know you’re not going to have your whole calendar or notepad wiped due to a technical fault on your device! As the old saying goes, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. If you do better having your notes or information in front of you using pen and paper, then there’s no reason to switch. Let's face it, a beautiful large wall calendar, for example, is always going to be easier to navigate around than a tiny little app on your phone. Decide on the products you’re most likely to get your use out of and invest in those. You could co-ordinate your pieces to either your home office or your handbag (depending on where you keep them). Plus, choosing beautifully made products will make you more inspired to use them!

Other Stationery Accessories
Other useful pieces of stationery for your home office include a hole punch, a stapler, a calculator, scissors, tape, paperclips and pushpins. There are some beautiful looking pieces out there that can really dress up your desk as well as being practical. Perspex and metallic items such as those in Kate Spade’s Strike Gold range look chic, and are the kind of thing that would work with any color decor. There are less expensive alternatives available on the high street too. These are useful if you aren't looking to spend as much, but they still look a lot nicer than your average office stationery. To keep everything looking tidy and beautiful, good storage is crucial. Pen holders, drawer dividers, mini drawers or even baskets help to keep everything in order. Again this just helps you to keep organized and stay on top of everything. Docking/ charging stations for your phone and tablet are another way to keep everything looking neat and get messy cables out of the way.


Wedding Stationery
Choosing the paper products for your wedding is always going to be fun when you love stationery! Save the date cards from Pure Invitation are good looking examples. Wedding stationery also includes things like invitations, RSVPs, wedding programs, table numbers and place cards. It’s a way to show a little bit of creativity and another way to incorporate your wedding colors on the day. You could browse through beautifully made pieces and have them printed up with your details on. Alternatively, you could speak to a designer from somewhere like Etsy and have them put together a custom design. If you’re a crafty or creative kind of person, you could even have a go at designing them yourself. There are a few online programmes you could use, or if you’re skilled with Photoshop start something from scratch. Since it’s all about having a good, high-quality finish- have them printed up on some heavy paper. If your home printer isn’t up to the job, you could get them professionally printed. Whatever direction you choose, be sure to do your research and go with a design you love. This is something you and your guests will be seeing from the invite to the wedding right the way through to the thank you cards afterward.


Beautiful stationery is always a good investment, whether it’s to get more organized at home or to wow your guests at your wedding. When everything is now online, it’s important not to lose the beauty in these traditional methods. Something like a hand written thank your card, for example, is always going to be more meaningful than an email or social media post! If you’ve transitioned your life organization onto your computer and find it annoying or a struggle, it might be worth taking it back to traditional pen and paper!

Make Your Fear Of The Night Shift A Thing Of The Past With These Tips!

If you are a shift worker, you are just one of millions of people who makes up 3.2 percent of America’s workforce. Shift-based jobs can take many different forms - from truck drivers, to factory workers, to police officers, to bar staff. These types of shifts are referred to in popular culture as the 'graveyard shift'. This doesn't mean to say that your job is boring, or that you don't enjoy it. In fact, one of the reasons people take shift work is because they simply love the job that they do. In these instances, working unsociable hours is a sacrifice they are happy to take. But even in this scenario, shift work can be extremely demanding, especially if you have a family. Chances are, you will need to be asleep when your family are awake, and vice versa. This makes it extremely difficult to lead a 'normal' life - plus you are likely to feel a significant effect on your health. But, shift work can be coped with - as long as you know how to handle it.

Don't just turn to the coffee
When you're feeling groggy on a night shift, the first thing most of us would do is turn to the caffeine. Whilst a small amount of caffeine can help us feel more alert for a period of time - whether in coffee or energy drink form - too much can be detrimental. Making a habit of regular caffeine intake on your night shift can mean that you are constantly lunging between being on a caffeine 'high' and the dreaded 'slump'. This can be dangerous for your mental health and your heart rate too. Plus, drinking coffee too close to the end of you shift might mean you struggle to sleep when you get in - not ideal for someone who has to to back at work in 12 hours.

Implement a positive sleep plan
If you have been doing shift work for a while now, you may be showing symptoms of shift work sleep disorder. Signs of this disorder include a lack of energy, problems concentrating and irritability. There is no official 'cure', but there are a lot of things you can do to make life easier for yourself whilst undertaking shift work. Firstly, as you will be sleeping during the daytime, it is vital that you have blackout blinds in your home, to make the room as dark as possible. Get rid of anything that might distract you from your slumber, such as your phone or your doorbell (everything except smoke/intruder alarms). Make your bedroom into a relaxing den that you know will be able to help you drift off to sleep, and learn your sleep triggers. Reading, or listening to soft music often helps people get to sleep quicker.

Try and stay healthy
Staying healthy whilst working night shifts can be a challenge in itself. But, if you choose to take up the challenge, you will probably feel a lot better for it. Adopting a diet high in proteins and complex carbs will help you stay alert on the job. It is also best to eat smaller, more frequent meals rather than large, infrequent ones. This is because eating a lot in one go can often make you feel lethargic. Make sure you drink plenty of water too, to avoid dehydration, and if you can, get regular bursts of fresh air. The night shift might be a challenge, but with a bit of extra knowledge, there's no reason why you can't ace it.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Business Boss Essentials: When Employees Collide

The job of being a boss can be many things. It can be rewarding, watching a plan come together to a successful conclusion. It can be lonely, being the focus of ire for a set of employees who are dealing with more than work related issues. It can be exciting, nurturing a new team and looking on as they produce results. It can be exhausting, working long hours to make sure success happens.
It can be all of these things in the course of about fifteen minutes sometimes, which means it can also be overwhelming. But as the boss, you are not in a position to complain, run away or palm your duties off to someone else. You just need to get on with it. And sometimes, things happen suddenly that need prompt action. How calm can you be in a crisis? Because as a boss, that's where the biggest tests are.

Dealing With A Clash

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When managing a team of people, it is inevitable that from time to time there will be bickering. And while a certain amount of competitive ribbing may be okay - even adding to a team ethic - you need to know when lines are crossed. Workplace bullying is never acceptable. Outright violence, although rare, can never be ignored. As a manager, it is your job to ensure that things don't get a chance to turn nasty.
Handling A Grief-Stricken Team
Grief is a term associated almost always with death. And yes, if a member of your team dies, or is bereaved themselves, then the grief from that can spread through a team. But even when no-one has died, grief can still arise from other situations. You may have to let a favorite member of staff go. Another may be headhunted for another job. Relationships may flower and wilt. And you're the one who needs to keep heads up.

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Economic Stressors
Look, hopefully, your business will thrive and only ever grow, but sometimes things don't go that way. It may be for reasons beyond your control, but sometimes not as much money comes in as was expected. In situations like this, there may be the fear of job losses - and that's always stressful. Always be aware when there is a need for critical incident management. A team under stress is a team that will underperform.
Dealing With Your Own Issues
A manager needs to be calm in a crisis but also needs to be human. Think of a President whose country has been attacked. How many countries would be reassured if their leader responded by saying "Well, we need to get on with things. Everyone chill a minute?". Let's go with "none".
When times are hard, you need to acknowledge that they are. Any personal, outside-the-office stuff should stay out there. But if any of the above situations arise, then you should be able to speak to employees on their level. Even if you just say "This is a terrible time. I'm here for you guys; we'll all help each other." That's what people want to hear - not a faceless boss who never feels the impact of a stressful situation.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bouncing Back From Heartbreak: Practical Steps To Help You Heal

Breakups can take their toll, even if you’ve known your relationship wasn’t working for a long time. It can be really tough to be with someone. But it can be even harder to be without them. If you’re recovering from relationship breakdown, here are some steps you can take to help you bounce back.

Taking time out
We all react to difficult situations differently. Some of us maroon ourselves far from civilization turning to junk food and Netflix to get us through. Some of us cry for days on end. Some of us try desperately to soldier on and keep busy. Whatever your way of coping, make sure you take time out. There’s no need to feel like you need to get back to normal straight away. It can take a long time to get over a breakup, so don’t rush. Take every day as it comes. Some days, you may feel fine. Others, it may hit you like a ton of bricks.

Seeing the positives
They say every cloud has a silver lining. It may take you months to realize this, but there may be positive outcomes of your breakup. It’s not all bad being on your own. The end of one chapter marks the beginning of a new one. If you’re single, you have control over how you spend your time and money. You can devote your attention to people you’ve lost touch with or not spent enough time with over the years. You can indulge your hobbies and interests. You could travel the world, or try new things. Life doesn’t end because you’ve had a failed relationship. You may well look back in a few years and think it was the best decision you ever made.

Having a clear out
It’s tough to move on when you’re surrounded by memories of your ex. Perhaps you’re living in the same home you shared together, or you’re wondering what to do with the gifts he bought you. You don’t need to rush into making decisions. But it may help you to have a clear out. If you have valuable items like designer bags or jewelry, you don’t want to give them away. If you want to sell without any hassle, consider using firms like Luxury Buyers. It may be upsetting to part with sentimental items, but it may give you that push to start moving forwards.

It can take a long time to get to a point where you feel comfortable talking about your relationship. But when you reach this stage, it’s really healthy to be open and to get things off your chest. If you don’t fancy speaking to friends or family, you may find seeing a therapist helpful. Bottling up your emotions can set you back.

Many of us have had our hearts broken. At the time, it may feel like the world is crashing down. But time is an incredible healer. Be patient, and don’t rush. Take time to heal, and try and be optimistic. Talk to others about how you feel, and try and move on when you’re ready. Focus on the positives and look forward to what the future holds.