Archive for January, 2018

10 Amazing Things Science Says Boosts Productivity

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018


Who doesn’t wish there was more time in the day to accomplish more of what we need to get done? A lot of times we run off of coffee or energy drinks with the thinking that if we just had more energy, we could get more done. It’s simply not true. We enjoy the pick-me-up that caffeine gives but it doesn’t mean that our productivity has increased. We tend to go about it all wrong and end up potentially a little unorganized. Work Smarter, Not Harder right?! When you’re juggling 10 things at one time, it might become a little stressful so it’s best to prioritize, make a list, make sure you finish what you start and follow through. Sometimes easier said than done so that’s why there are these helpful tips and hints to help you work to your full potential.

  1. Puppies- Yes, really! A team of Japanese scientists has proven that looking at cute baby animals improves our dexterity and focus when performing tasks.
  2. Plants- Studies show that offices with greenery have more productive employees.
  3. The color Blue- Blue stimulates the brain, aiding concentration and clearing our minds or distracting thoughts. It even decreases your appetite.
  4. Happiness- Smile! Science shows that positive employees are 12%more productive than their unhappier counterparts.
  5. Music- Da-Dahhhh! Scientists have proved that music makes repetitive tasks less boring and also helps you focus.
  6. Dancing- Dancing pumps blood into the brain, improving your cognitive skills.
  7. Napping- Research shows that napping makes you a more productive worker by “resetting” your brain. Zzzzzzzz….
  8. Breaks- Employees who take regular breaks achieve more than their working-through-lunch peers. Time for that coffee!
  9. Chatting- Having a random conversation from time to time actually makes you a better worker. You don’t even have to discuss work matters.
  10. Shorter Work Hours- It might sound counter-intuitive, but the fewer hours you work, the more you get done. Hello six-hour day!
    Interesting isn’t it? There’s a few things on this list I’m willing to try. Obviously not all of us sit at a desk to be able to at baby animals all day but naps are always doable! And what about incorporating the color blue into your work area and maybe some plants? Some of these just might work! Anyway, whatever helps get the job done right? I’m sure for most of us caffeine is somewhere in this equation. So have a conversation with a co-worker or customer or if you’re home, with the dog, take a quick nap or a quick break to dance and get your blood pumping! See what you can do to increase your productivity and have a successful day!

A Clean Car is a Happy Car!

Monday, January 15th, 2018

When you’re spending your hard earned money on a vehicle, you want to maintain it and keep it in tip top shape with regular maintenance and oil changes. Nothing worse than putting money into something that is just slowly deteriorating. The mechanics are not the only thing to   worry about though.

Often times during the bad weather seasons, we think to ourselves, “I’ll wait till the weather clears up before I wash the car.” We feel like it’s a waste of money when it’s just going to get dirty so quickly. You’re spending anywhere between $12-$20 per wash just to catch the road grime as soon as you pull out of the car wash. Yes, it’s a vicious cycle and seems never ending but you don’t stop to think about the effects it has on your car’s paint, chrome, undercarriage and tires with all of that gunk resting on your investment.

 

The effects can be so damaging! The saying “A little dirt won’t hurt!” is absolutely not the case when it comes to your vehicle! Dirt build up can act like sandpaper, wearing down and weakening the paint. The dirt can also mix with rain and other pollutants, etching paint right off. Road salt, snow, and moisture can cause rust on a car, and once rust starts it’s hard to stop. Rust can show up anywhere – under the paint, under the car where there is bare metal, and in nooks and crannies that you didn’t even know existed. The undercarriage of the car is equally important if not more

than the main exterior because the snow and salt gets kicked up underneath and tends to stick and that’s where the corrosion starts. This rotting or corrosion can harm the car’s exhaust and muffler systems, coil springs and the frame of the car. Make sure that you visit a car wash that offers the undercarriage wash!

Don’t forget to keep your headlights clean as well. Using a rubbing compound to take away the foggy coating and make them clear again works wonders. It definitely makes them brighter while driving in the dark. Vehicles can also be taken to a collision shop prior to the winter season to have their vehicles pre-treated with an oil solution under-spray to help fight winter road salt damage. Also consider using a wax to help bead off the rain and snow.