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Why We All Really Do Need Vacations

by Susan Morgan on July 24, 2015

Let me start by saying there is no self interest at work here. None at all.

Vacation-Productivity-ButtonThere’s nothing wrong with a healthy work ethic, except when it gets in the way of being productive. Those 60 hour work weeks might make you feel productive, essential to the operation of things. But in truth, research finds that overwork actually saps your energy and leaves you less productive than you might have been if you just worked the 40 hours everyone else does. Hard to hear, I know.

Science is telling us that sitting for long periods (even for the physically fit) is not good for your health; now we’re learning the same may be true for effort and productivity. More and more research is finding that the longer you stay in front of that screen the less productive you get. That’s why getting up, going for a walk, taking a lunch break away from the office, or even having a conversations with people you like has become such popular behaviors among workers looking to be more productive.

Imagine — being productive without unending drudgery.

And there’s this; our brains aren’t even set up for continuous thought. We’re more productive (creative, focused) during shorter increments of time, say 15 minutes of solid effort and then a quick break. It’s using the brain like you use a muscle; working it then resting for a bit. When you think about it, that makes sense. Especially in the creative work world,  most often flashes of the (best) inspiration come “out of the blue” during off hours… when you’re driving home or cooking dinner.

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Flying The Stars And Stripes Right

by Susan Morgan on July 2, 2015

6a00d83451c49a69e201538f8f20e8970b-800wiWe’re getting to the time of year where Old Glory takes a place on center stage. And deservedly so. Seems like U.S. flags fly everywhere this time of year. We’re all proud Americans.

Flags got their start as military banners, a way to recognize an approaching enemy/ally. Early on in our own history there were several different revolutionary flags, but by June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress had selected one. The one we know. The red is meant to signify hardiness and valor, the white purity/innocence and the blue vigilance and perseverance and justice.

Flag Day didn’t come into existence until much later, 1949 thanks to a law signed by then President Harry S. Truman. The celebration of the holiday had started unofficially back in 1885 by a grade school teacher in Wisconsin. The flag we know today has been the official flag of the United States since 1960.

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Cutting Promotional Products: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

June 4, 2015

It’s an old expression that’s a perfect fit for what happens when companies set about cutting expenses without thinking about the harm they do to themselves in the process. The first place cost cutters turn when looking to cut expenses is marketing, rooting around for savings by eliminating products that on the surface can be judged frivolous. Give aways, magnets, pens, […]

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Five Fun Facts About Mugs

May 7, 2015

Mugs are an incredible way to promote your business, cause or event. Not only are there limitless choices of color, size and style, but there’s lots of room for whatever message suits your need. Here too you have lots of options. Business name and logo? Always a winner and a lasting reminder. Tag line you […]

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