Thursday, August 27, 2015

Team Building Time

Are you looking for team building ideas? I have gathered some great exercises to help you out.

1. Zombie Escape
For: Creative Problem Solving & Collaboration Skills
What You’ll Need: 1 rope, 1 key, and 5-10 puzzles or clues, depending on how much time you want to spend on the game
Instructions: Gather the team into a conference room or other empty space and “lock” the door. Beforehand, select one team member to play the zombie — dead eyes, arms outstretched, muttering “braaaaiiiinnnnssss” and all. The volunteer zombie will be tied to the rope in the corner of the room, with 1 foot of leeway. Once the game starts, every five minutes the rope restraining the hungry zombie is let out another foot. Soon, the zombie will be able to reach the living team members, who will need to solve a series of puzzles or clues to find the hidden key that will unlock the door and allow them to escape before it’s too late.

2. Battle of the Airbands
For: Team Bonding
What You’ll Need: Speakers, smartphone or mp3 player
Instructions: Ever seen one of Jimmy Fallon’s famous lip sync battles? Expand the idea to a full battle of the airbands. Split your group up into teams of 3-4 people and let them decide who will be the singers, guitarists, drummers, etc. Give them some time to choose, rehearse, and perform a lip synced version of whatever work-friendly song they like. If they have a few days, teams can dress up or bring props. After the performances, teams can vote on the winner (with the caveat that no one can vote for their own band). Or, let a neighboring department in on the fun and have them choose the winner.

3. A Shrinking Vessel
For: Creative Problem Solving
What You’ll Need: A rope, blanket, or tape to mark a space on the floor
Instructions: Make a space on the floor and have your whole group (or a set of smaller teams) stand in that space. Then gradually shrink the space, so the team will have to think fast and work together to keep everyone within the shrinking boundaries.

4. Back-to-Back Drawing
For: Communication Skills
What You’ll Need: Paper, pens/markers, printouts of simple line drawings or basic shapes.
Instructions: Split your group into pairs and have each pair sit back to back. One person gets a picture of a shape or simple image, and the other gets a piece of paper and pen. The person holding the picture gives verbal instructions to their partner on how to draw the shape or image they’ve been given (without simply telling them what the shape or image is). After a set amount of time, have each set of partners compare their images and see which team drew the most accurate replica.

5. Office Trivia
For: Team Bonding
What You’ll Need: 20-25 trivia questions about your workplace
Instructions: “What color are the kitchen tiles?” “How many people are in the IT department?” “How many windows are there in the entire office?” “What brand are the computer monitors?” “What month of the year is most common for birthdays among our employees?” Come up with a series of questions specific to your workplace and test your team’s knowledge.

These ideas where provided by the people at TheWrike

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blog Ideas | Eminent SEO Think Tank

Do you ever get stumped with what to write on your blog? Here is some inspiration that might help you out. 

1. Somewhere you've always wanted to travel to
2. Your favorite book/show/movie growing up
3. The best piece of advice you've been given
4. A hard choice you had to make
5. What's your favorite trick/hack that your mom taught you
6. If you had to choose one outfit to wear for the rest of your life what would it be
7. Share your bucket list
8. Post five pictures from childhood and tell the stories behind them
9. Write a letter to your future self
10. Give yourself a challenge and document the process
11. List 10 weird facts about yourself and ask your readers to do the same thing
12. A day in the life
13. Share an article or book that really made you think or changed your mind about something.
14. Ask your readers to help answer a question for you ("What's your favorite easy recipe?")
15. Do a Q&A with someone you admire
16. Make a list of your favorite books
17. Wear one piece of clothing five different ways for a Monday-Friday post
18. Review your "can't live without" beauty products
19. Put together the ultimate wish list
20. Swap your blog with a friend for the day
21. Explain a tip or trick that you use every day
22. Try something new... Like a video blog!
23. Post three things that are currently inspiring you
24. Write a public thank you note to someone you know
25. Put together funny/embarrassing photos that you otherwise wouldn't share
26. Share your favorite artists with your readers
27. List your favorite family traditions
28. Do a collage of a color combination that you currently love
29. Tell your readers a secret you've never shared online before
30. Test a few recipes or crafts from Pinterest and share the results
31. Share the most-worn thing in your closet
32. Embed the cutest viral videos you've watched
33. Find and share 10 cute things under $10
34. Tell a story that's been passed down through your family over the years
35. List your favorite restaurants and to-dos in your city
36. Explain why something was the best or worst "splurge"
37. Do a roundup of your favorite bloggers or Instagrammers
38. Share the last five things you've purchased
39. Post a tutorial on how you do your everyday makeup
40. List out your nightly or morning routine 
41. What do you keep on your bedside table
42. Favorite drug store buys
43. What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
44. Put together a mood board/collage
45. Do a "how to" post
46. Share your earliest or favorite memory
47. Post an easy-to-wear, but chic outfit
48. List your favorite quotations
49. 10 things you learned from .... [college, running, moving across the country, etc.]
50. The story of why you started your blog!

Thanks to Bloglovin for the ideas!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why sitting is bad for you - Murat Dalkilinç

We thought this was very important to share with everyone. "During the past year, sitting has become the new smoking. “Past studies have found,”declares a 2014 article in The New York Times, “the more hours that people spend sitting, the more likely they are to develop diabetes, heart disease and other conditions, and potentially to die prematurely — even if they exercise regularly.” What’s the science behind this alarming claim?" 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Happier Work Days!

Work can sometimes can be a downer, so here are some ways to make it a happy place!

1. Check for eyestrain: Put your hand to your forehead in a salute. If your eyes feel relieved, your space is too bright. When I got my three monitors (an investment which makes me ecstatically happy, by the way), I had to turn down their brightness levels because the glare was terrible.
2. Get a good desk chair and take the time to adjust it properly.
3. Sit up straight — every time I do, I instantly feel more energetic and cheerier.
4. Indulge in a modest splurge, i.e., consider whether there are ways to spend money that would make a big difference. Could you invest in some desk accessories to help you stay organized? Could you replace an inconvenient lamp with something that works better?
5. Get a phone headset. I resisted for a long time, but it’s really much more comfortable. The phone headset is like the rolling suitcase: yes, you look a little silly, but it makes life a lot easier.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Create A Vision

Get your mind right. Create a vision for yourself. Find things that inspire and motivate you. Be excited about life.