As the rain washes away the last of winter's grimy snow, it's a great time to think about spring cleaning your office space. Having an organized workspace will help you feel less stressed and more focused, and you'll be more efficient if you don't have to go fishing around for the documents you need. With the simple steps below, you'll be on your way to a fresh and happy springtime at work.
It's March, which means we will soon start to see green shoots coming up from the ground and everything, from beer to bagels, turns green in preparation for St Patrick's Day festivities. As we spring clean and get excited for a new season, it can be a good time to think about ways for your office to go green, and not just when you're looking through your tinted shamrock glasses. Check out these steps that you can take toward a green office.
In the cold months, we slow down a litte, spend more time inside, bundle up in layers...and eat root vegetables. With the yearning for sunshine and warmth comes a yearning for springtime vegetables. Even though we're not quite at the point where either winter or roots are going away (regardless of what last week's weather may have suggested), there is still plenty of enjoyment to be had from these local vegetables that have helped nourish us through the winter.
We spend much of each day at work. But not all of that time has to feel like, well, work. Regardless of the nature of the job, there are plenty of ways to bring enjoyment into the workday. Experimenting with different structures and games can help infuse levity and, dare we say fun, into the workplace. Taking cues from the workplace tone and from our coworkers, we can use a sense of playfulness to build relationships with colleagues and create a fun work environment. Try the tips below, or make up your own games.
We seem to hear about mindfulness quite a bit these days. Though the idea of mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular mindfulness has been popularized over the last few decades, and recent research into the benefits of mindfulness practice have earned further attention.
Mindfulness is the practice of slowing down and becoming aware of each moment. This is often accomplished through bringing an awareness to the breath, your thoughts and sensations, and your surroundings. Engaging in these practices can have noticeable benefits, including helping to bring you a sense of calm as well as increased patience and compassion for yourself and others. By bringing attention to specific moments, you may find that you remember them, and others, more clearly.
Having an increased awareness of the moment can help slow knee-jerk reactions to difficult or stressful situations, allowing you to be responsive rather than reactive. This is useful in all areas of life, but particularly in the workplace, where it may be challenging to balance the demands of colleagues and clients while trying to cram productivity into every moment.
There are many resources for deep meditation and mindfulness practice out there, from classes to apps. If you're not ready to commit to a specific practice, or just want to experiment with mindfulness in your working life, here are five simple ways to bring mindfulness to work.
To make excellent meals, you just need a few simple building blocks. Below are some of our favorite dishes, which can be prepared using infinite combinations of produce from your Boston Organics box. We think of them as a different take on a meal kit. We love them because if you have just a handful of staples in your kitchen, you can plug in pretty much any produce you receive in your Boston Organics box and prepare a delicious, fruit-and-vegetable centered meal. If cooking is new for you, developing just a few skills will help you expand your repertoire immensely.
Ever feel intimidated by cooking instructions? Not sure what to do with vegetables you receive in your Boston Organics box? Experienced cook but not quite clear on the difference between simmering and boiling? Brushing up on just a few cooking skills and terms will help you follow any recipe, or tackle any new produce item you encounter in your Boston Organics box.
Meetings, deadlines and high-pressure projects can all pile on to create serious workplace stress. Though stress may seem like a normal part of daily life, it doesn't have to be. With some simple changes and tricks, you can help reduce your workplace stress and have a happier, healthier and more productive workday.
When the weather turns cold, it is lovely to wrap your chilled hands around a warm cup of something. It’s even nicer when you can share a steaming mug with a friend. These recipes are a little indulgent, perfect for this festive season. Though it’s easy enough to add a nip of something else warming, these recipes are perfect by themselves, so you can share them with friends of all ages.
When the sun sets before 4:30 and the temperature fluctuates between chilly and I-think-my-nose-might-fall-off levels, the couch and a cozy blanket seem extra appealing. Though there is something to be said for allowing yourself to slow down a little and reflect in this season of long nights, keeping active will help maintain your health and your mood. Check out the tips below to help you get moving and stay moving throughout the winter.