Helpful Articles About Office Products, Business Machines & Office Spaces

Music & Memorization: Which Genres Works Best?

Music is the soundtrack to many different things in life. Specific songs can make you reflect on a specific event or what you did at a specific age. Did you know that listening to specific types of music could help boost your memory and help you study? Whether you have a big test you are planning to take or need to memorize slides for an upcoming presentation, here’s what types of music work best for memorization.

How Many Species Does Earth Have?

Have you ever thought about how many different species exist? Earth currently has around 7.4 billion people living across seven continents. There are a variety of ecosystems that are home to many different types of animals, mammals, plants, and other organisms that can be seen both through a microscope and through the human eye.

Working While Parenting

Are you a busy parent who is lucky enough to work from home when needed? Many employers are becoming more flexible with work hours to help parents lower their child care costs and ensure that they have enough supervision. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, almost 3.7 million workers complete their shift remotely at least twice or three times a week. If you have children around, you might have a few unexpected distractions. Below are just a few ways to maintain your focus on those days where your kids are running around your house.

Resolving iPhone Storage Issues

If you have a 16 GB iPhone, you’ve probably received a “storage full” message numerous times. Despite deleting photos that you no longer need, or songs that you no longer listen to, you might discover your phones’ storage issues still remain. This is a common issue that many iPhone users face. If you are unsure why your phone cannot accommodate any more apps or data, here are a few things you can do to free up some space.

Painting for Fun: How to Start

Did you ever sit down and watch Bob Ross paint a beautiful mountain landscape or a picturesque beach scene back in the day? If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint, it can be a great way to express your creativity.

Downtown Revivals: Buffalo, NY

From 2012 to 2013 alone, 2.3 million people migrated to cities and metropolitan areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Buffalo, New York is one city that has significantly benefited from this trend. According to The Buffalo News, the city’s downtown district now boasts a 97 percent occupancy rate, and 643 apartment units have been…

Saving For Baby: Planning for Parenthood

Babies can be a great source of joy for you, family and friends. While babies are adorable, they are also pricey. Parenting.com says that raising one child costs $12,000 a year. Before and after the birth of your child, there are questions you should be able to answer about your finances before committing to having a child.

Easy Recipes for Busy Nights

Ever find that there aren’t enough hours in a day? Your spouse might get home from work late, and your children are busy with sports practices and other after school activities. Ever wish you could sit down together as a family for a meal even on the busiest of nights? Take a look at some of our easy meals that could help your dreams become a reality.

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Keep Your Debit Card Safe

Do you think about what ATM you visit or where you use your debit card? If you use an ATM on a busy street, or one that is not affiliated with a well-known bank, you might want to think twice before using it. In 2014, the United States accounted for 48.2 percent of worldwide debit/credit card losses.

Why Everyday Should Be Bring Your Pet to Work Day

Many offices have bring your kid to work day, but how about your pets? Sometimes, people consider their pets as their own children. Approximately 20 percent of Americans work in pet-friendly offices, and 23 percent believe pets should be allowed at work. Here are a few reasons why the only barking in your office shouldn’t come from higher ups.

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Five Exercises You’re Doing Incorrectly

When working out, there can be room for error with any exercise you try, but using too much weight, or not lifting weight correctly can cause injuries. Below are a few common exercises where mistakes are frequently made, and some solutions to improve your posture and form.

Which Artwork is Best for Your Office?

While you might not have a preference of what your office looks like, your guests and clients will certainly notice. First impressions are important, and bare walls may not lead to trust. According to a study from the UK, 55 percent of office workers are unsatisfied by the artwork in their office space. Not sure where to start? Here are a few key points for your consideration.

Is Your Desk a Wreck?

How would you rate your desk? Grab a sheet of paper or open up your notes program on your computer and answer the questions below. Each answer will count for the following number of points:

Stove & Oven Free Recipes

Turning on an oven or stove on a hot summer day might make your home feel stifling. The last thing you probably want to do on a 90-degree day is to bake a pot roast or heat up potatoes. Just in time for summer, here are a few recipes that are easy to make and don’t require you to turn on a stove or oven.

Getting Ready for Retirement

Have you been thinking about retiring? Before you give your two weeks notice, there are many important decisions you will need to think about. Creating a plan for your finances when you retire might take you a lot of time. Here is a timeline of what you should be doing to maximize your earnings during retirement.

Healthy Activities After Work

It was only a few months ago that the sun might have been setting on your way to work. Summer is finally here, and with that comes an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, even after a long day at the office. While some of the activities below might be no brainers, some are ones you may not have thought of. Here are a few ways you can enjoy those long summer evenings, while getting in some exercise.

Coworking Cooperation

As workspaces become more flexible, so do the various options workers have to choose from. Coworking spaces are the newest wave of flexible workspaces, allowing customers to pay a monthly membership fee for shared use of a collaborative or private office space. These workspaces have also become more popular due to the rise in telecommuting, even outside of major cities. According to the National Association of Industrial Office Professionals, the number of coworking spaces in the United States went from one in 2005 to 781 in 2013. Below are a few reasons why you should consider coworking spaces.

Benefits of Having a Dual Monitor Workstation

As work hours become longer, there is a constant concern about workplace productivity. By delivering your employees the right tools, they can remain productive. If you keep them happy, healthy, and comfortable, productivity will increase. Dual monitor workstations can help employees work faster by displaying two different documents, internet webpages, or emails at the same time. See how productivity can improve with the incorporation of dual monitor workstations.

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Best Gifts for Summer Gatherings

It’s finally summer. With beach trips and invitations for BBQ’s streaming in, you might be trying to get creative with what you can bring as a gift for your host. Want some different ideas? Here are some items that are often overlooked.

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Things You Didn’t Know Your Mac Could Do

Are you switching operating systems and unsure of how to do certain things? Whether you are a long time Mac user who is looking for a shortcut to make your work efficient, or a new Mac user who is trying to figure out the basics, here are few tips to save you time.

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Office

Not sure what to get your mom this Mother’s Day? Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that have the biggest impact. Has your mother asked for anything that might be useful in her office? Below are some of our suggestions for Mother’s Day that can be used in an office setting.

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Eat Right Today, Benefit Tomorrow

It is true what they say, an apple a day does in fact keep the doctor away. Incorporating better nutrition into your daily diet will not only make you healthier today but it will help you stay healthier in the long run as well. Here are a few different ways to a better diet and life.

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Creative Ways to Inspire Your Employees

Ashton Kutcher who played Steve Jobs in the biopic Jobs spent countless hours researching every detail about the Apple founder. He said, “Steve Jobs had something like a 90% approval rating from his employees. You hear stories about him being this short-tempered, aggressive person, which he was. But he was in the pursuit of making people around him better, so the product they created would be better.” More than half of American workers quit because of bad leadership according to a study by market research firm Gallup. Many managers and CEOs alike can learn a few things from Jobs so they can retain employees and keep them happy and productive. While all of us may not become CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, here are a few creative ways to inspire your employees.

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Crafting the Perfect Gift Basket for the Bride to Be

It seems like we are invited to a bridal shower or engagement party every other month and giving the same gift each time can get tedious and constantly picking gifts off a register can be monotonous. Make your gift stand out among the dishes and towels the bride-to-be will receive with a perfectly crafted gift basket.

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What Kids Say They’re Looking Forward to at School

Ahh summer – the time for late nights, catching lightening bugs, drinking homemade lemonade, and trying to eat ice cream before it melts. However, the end of summer seems to come all too soon each year. As parents you might be ready for your children to get on the yellow school bus each weekday morning for the next nine months but did you ever ask your kids if they’re ready? Well we did and here are just a few words from the little minds that will some day be our future leaders.

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Ways to be More Productive with Microsoft Office Suite

Microsoft Office has been a staple in the office for almost two decades now. Despite new offerings from other companies, many employers choose to use Microsoft Office for creating spreadsheets, presentations, and for e-mail solutions. However, there might be a few shortcuts or features you haven’t learned yet (and don’t worry, Clippy won’t make an appearance in this article.)

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Five Ways to Secure Your Information

Many business owners are not taking enough steps to protect important information such as payroll records. According to a study from CNN Money, one person is struck with identity theft every two seconds. Fortunately, you can lower your chances of having your identity stolen by following these tips.

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Perfect End-of-Summer Recipes

Even though no one wants to admit it, summer is quickly coming to an end. The sun will start to set earlier and soon there will be a slight chill in the air. Savor the last moments of warm golden sunsets and lightning bugs with tasty of end of summer recipes.

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The Office Evolution: Then and Now

Communication, dress codes, and office layouts: what is one thing that all three of these have in common? They have changed drastically in the past 100 years. The dynamics in the office today are truly different than they were even 20 years ago. Many companies are trying to figure out how they can appeal to the new generation of workers, Millennials, who are looking to ditch their desks, work from the confines of their home, or a more open collaborative workspace environment. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and see how the office has evolved.

Sitting is a Drag – Get Moving

Get up and get some exercise! Even if you can’t leave your office, that’s no excuse – it’s important to keep your blood flowing throughout your day. Sitting is costing you and your employer valuable time and money. In fact, a study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that sitting is literally killing you. Participants showed increases in the chance of diabetes, heart disease, and even death. You can still get your workouts in, even on days where you don’t make it to the gym or pavement, even at the office.

Healthy Habits of Energetic Employees

Let’s face it: trying to concentrate on projects and assignments for eight hours is tough. In fact, CareerBuilder says that 21 percent of workers spend one hour or more searching the Internet for non-work reasons. There are also other distractions like text messages and office gossip that can make your work environment unproductive. However, in most offices, there is that one person who does not let their distractions get in his or her way, and gets anything and everything done before deadlines. This “energetic employee” is a model to follow and might exhibit the following traits…

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Decluttering Your Digital Workspace

Along with the growing trend of telecommuting we have entered the era of completely digital workspaces. Since you may no longer have a physical desk or cubicle to clutter, perhaps you have started to accumulate more files, folders, and downloads than you realized? Take back your workspace and take back your workday by decluttering your digital workspace.