Five Apps That I can't Live Without

I always want to know the phone apps and tools that people can’t live without! I have learned so much and always thought.. oh wow I never thought how useful this app would be and super glad I came across the recommendation on social media ( where else..). Read below for the apps I use on the daily (social media excluded).

SCANNABLE- EVERNOTE

It shocks me that people in my office still walk to the printer to scan paper. I don’t need my badge or anything to scan a few sheets of paper. Half the time the printers don’t even function properly and neither does the scanner so it’s a God send to use the scannable app, which works with Evernote, to send myself a few copies that I need. In fact you can have a little fun of your own by scanning all the extra paper you have at home and go all Digital this year.

GOOGLE CALENDAR

At the office I always use Outlook. However, I can’t begin to function on the daily if I don’t sync my life events and plans to my google calendar. I love that the classes at my gym can get added to my calendar now. This comes in handy when I’m rescheduling doctor appointments, hangouts with friends and family as Ii know exactly what I've planned on doing in advanced. Where would we be without GOOGLE!

GOOGLE DRIVE

Although I worked at the Apple Store at one point in my life, I never considered myself a techy.. All I can say is that when you work with a bunch of know it all tech beings you also get ton threats to back up your data! Seriously, I saw so many people lose years of photos when their hard drives crashed. I personally use other cloud drives for my laptop but for everything else on my phone I just use good ol’ Google. If you don’t I highly recommend you check out the plethora of options out there. You have NO reason not to back up your data and be sad about it later.

TODOIST

ToDoist is an awesome multi-platform agenda that keeps things efficient with an streamlined interface and task management. It’s just a super handy companion to getting things done. I personally stopped using planners and agendas as frequently during college since i would record everything on a piece of paper and reference that for the day or my syllabus, however after college is another story. There are so many things on your to do list that you are bound to forget. It also integrates with other apps like Dropbox, IFTTT, and Slack. 

CALM

There are different forms of Anxiety and Stress and I’m all about calming my mind before I go to bed. Since it’s super difficult to get off my phone addiction, I’ve started using the Calm app and it’s made SUCH a difference. It induces a better, deeper, calmer sleep and I feel a wash of relief from stress and the day ahead. I’ve tried it in the mornings as well and it’s been such a game changer for me. Highly recommend you start some sort of routine to calm your mind before bed. You may not need stress release or have issues with anxiety however prevention is key ( not a doctor.. just my own beliefs).

I’d love to know your top favorite apps! Always looking to add more apps to my iPhone and boost my productivity levels these days. The more efficient my life is the more time i get for #selfcare.

Do's and Don'ts on Decorating Your New Office Space

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Did you know that the inventor of the cubicle, Robert Propst, lived to regret his invention?

Well, that’s a whole history lesson on it’s own.

One of the most exciting things about a corporate job is getting your own cubicle/desk/office!

Some positions don’t allow for that, for example, auditors, consultants, sales positions, commonly work remotely and therefore never get their own dedicated space.

For the rest of us, it’s another story. Here are some of my Do’s and Don’ts for decorating your long anticipated office space!


PLANTS

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Plants are great way to bring some oxygen and greenery to your space. If you’re not a plant person, you can get a fake plant or an easy terrarium to place on your desk. In fact you can pick up a small indoor plant at grocery stores and home improvement shops that are perfect size for your desk space.

Plants include: Terrariums, Succulents, Bamboo, cactus, and air plants.


Don’t: Do not be that person that leaves their plant in the office to die while they’re out on vacation. Be sure you have a system in place for the plant to get watered and taken care of whilst you are OOO. If you aren’t able to take care of plants then don’t bring them to the office either. Plants can get bugs and cause an odor. You don’t want to be the coworker disturbing the office pH. Also, always check your office rules. Some offices do not allow pets and animals due to the nature of the business.

ARTWORK

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Calendars are a great way to display wall art and incorporate some color into your space without having to put up a bunch of pins on the walls or nailing anything to the cube area.

There are ton’s of different styles of calendars that you can choose from that will fit your space, from wall calendars, desk calendars, daily flip through calendars.

Don’t: Just be sure the images are appropriate and noncontroversial. That means no Maxim, Playboy or Firefighter of the Month calendars. You can save those for your home office. I mean whatever gets you going!

PAPER



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Photo by Боря on Reshot

The only type of paper I condone is post its. Try to keep your desk free of paper. We are in the 21st century folks! Depending on your line of work, most office jobs are now all digital. Everything is done in Excel, Word, emails..etc. A notepad is great to keep it all organized and together if you are that person that just has to write it all down. Just be sure that by the end of the day. Your desk is all clutter free.

Don’t.. be that person that leaves the day with a mess of paper on your desk. Trust me, every office I’ve been at has THAT person. No matter how intelligent you are and how great you are at your job, people will always look down upon that person with all the paper. It makes you look unorganized and scatterbrained.

DECORATIONS

Decorations are a great way to individualize your own space at work. After all, we are spending a great majority of our time at work. At some companies, decorating your cube and personalizing it a bit shows your commitment in staying with the company. Definitely read your office and understand the culture and how your superiors have their office spaces. Bringing in a post card or magnet from your favorite vacation can be a great conversation starter and help your coworkers relate to you.

Don’t.. bring in anything inappropriate or start a collection of magnets/postcards/knickknacks on your desk. Also, a huge NO to stuff animals. We are not children anymore. Again, unless you are a teacher or your work involves working with children, I would refrain from bringing in toys.

FOOD



I saved my favorite one for the finale. This one is a bit controversial… do you bring food to your desk, do you eat food at your desk… I will definitely say that having any time of candy at your desk will make you SUPER LIKABLE at work. It will definitely bring a lot of people to your desk and it’s a great way of meeting people. A small jar of candy here and then or a box of donuts or snacks every once in a while is fine.

Don’t become the snack person or the candy person at work. Once you run out of candy or snacks, people will start asking you to bring in more and reminding you that you ran out. Another issue i have with this one is that people will come to your desk leave wrappers and crumbs everywhere and leave. Again, you want to be sure you have a clean space, free of clutter and distractions. People coming to your cube for snacks will only cause more distraction and can ultimately cause you to lose that big project you wanted. No one wants to give a big project to someone who has people in their office space all the time.