I know I’m not alone when it comes to feeling that midday slump when it feels like my concentration and productivity take a nosedive. After working at my desk all morning, sometimes my body and my brain need a quick refresher! There are endless amounts of ways to take a quick break, but I’ve listed a few of my favorite remedies to get me back and focused.
I don’t know about you -- but I love the smell of a new book! When I moved to San Francisco from Utah, I packed everything that could fit into the bed of a pick-up truck. From considering important items like clothing and pots and pans, unfortunately a vast majority of my book collection had to be left behind. Since I’ve moved to the city, I’ve worked very hard to build back up my library, but it’s always been lacking. This is why I was so excited to try Book of the Month.
From cold brew to drip to espresso at Starbucks, Dunkin’, or that neighborhood shop you’ve fallen in love with, we all have specific ways to enjoy our cup of coffee. After four years of decline, coffee drinking is back on the rise, according to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends 2017 report.
Coffee is undeniably the go-to pick-me-up in the morning for many Americans, but if you’re looking to change up your routine or avoid coffee-shop lines, we’ve come up with some ways you can get your day kickstarted without the extra caffeine.
In our team meeting at the end of every month, one Cutliner is invited to share a final thought. It’s a cool way to inspire and motivate the team and help set the tone for the following month. I’m always astounded by the creativity and different interpretations that are shared. Some people read stories, others play songs or share lyrics -- the only constant is that it’s always different. Last week, Liz left us with a quote from Alice Parker that hit home for me -- “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” I just loved it and it made me think about the power of a good self pep talk.
Anyone who works with me knows that I’m a sucker for to-do lists. They help me stay organized and prioritize my to-dos, and in a fast-paced field like PR, that’s incredibly important. And while sticky notes are great, they pile up and can easily be misplaced. That’s why I’m a big fan of planners...yes, the ones you were given in grade school. Thankfully, there are a ton of really neat planners to choose from. Below are a few of my recommendations on planners to help you stay focused and organized this year:
“Brevity is the soul of wit” (Shakespeare). “Less is more” (Robert Browning). “Keep it simple, stupid” (Kelly Johnson). We’ve heard many things about brevity throughout our lives and in business, because sometimes you don’t need to say very much to communicate an idea or observation. That’s what makes haikus so fun to read -- and at the same time, so challenging to write. For last month’s creative challenge, Cutliners were encouraged to use haikus -- three-line poems with a 5-7-5 syllable structure -- to speak their minds. The results:
A couple of us Cutliners recently jumped at the chance to hear Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, speak at an event put on by The Commonwealth Club. The session, #Girlboss, was moderated by Alison Pincus, Co-Founder of One Kings Lane. The discussion covered Sophia’s latest book, Nasty Galaxy, and gave us the inside scoop on her unconventional approach to style, philosophy and advice for #Girlbosses everywhere.
A few of us Cutliners recently had the opportunity to hear Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands, speak at an event put on by The Commonwealth Club. The session, Redefining Design, was moderated by John Maeda, global head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic, and provided a fun and lively discussion around how brands are making products that are both visually appealing and highly effective available to all.
As always, The Commonwealth Club delivered! Tristan and John’s discussion was not only incredibly inspiring, but provided a number of valuable, actionable takeaways. Here is a snapshot of what we learned.
...according to more than half of millennial women, as revealed by a new survey from *client plug* Stash and Harris Poll. Stash, a fast-growing investment app for millennials (available for Android today!), conducted a survey to gauge perceptions around investing. The findings revealed that nearly 80% of Americans age 18-34 don’t invest, and confirmed millennials still need -- and want -- education around how to start investing.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Neighborhoods are beautifully lit, holiday parties are in full swing, the malls are packed with shoppers looking to take advantage of the latest sales, and every single flight to anywhere is fully booked. While the excitement is always fun, it can also get pretty stressful. For me, the biggest challenge has been finding activities to help me decompress and remain mindful. I’m a big fan of yoga, but with a busy schedule, it’s hard to find the time to go to a studio. Instead, I’ve found a few apps that have been a great supplement.
Check out my recommendations on the best apps to help you clear your head and avoid burning out this holiday season.