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Must-Have Free Apps for Working Parents (infographic)

Many of you will have heard the expression ‘Work hard, play hard’, but for working parents it seems to be work hard and then work even more when they get home. Being committed to a busy office career isn’t easy to begin with but balancing a family life with all of that can just be stress overload. This infographic from HappyCleans will hopefully help you at least a little to try and manage everything.

It takes you through a range of apps that will essentially save you time. Many working parents fall into the trap of letting tasks just pile up and sometimes they can seem like they’re never ending. It’s important that when you come home from the office that at least some of the housework is done. Apps like Chorma can help you here as it encourages the kids to partake in housework by turning it into a competition. Okay, they’re not going to have the place spotless when you arrive home, but even if they got a few small tasks done, it would give you maybe an extra hour to relax in the evenings.

Even if you have a good office job, you may run into some problems with budgeting at home. Everything is so expensive and kids just cost a lot of money. Apps like Mint can help you here as they allow you to keep better track of all expenditures and even suggests ways you can save. Sometimes end of months can be tough until payday if you’ve spent too much during the month. Find out about all of the apps in the infographic below and why not download a few and try them out?.

Free apps for working parents

5 Types of Office Chairs that Increases your Business Productivity

Guest post by Lorenzo Harper

Choosing a chair for your office is simple, but selecting an office chair with all necessary features can be very tedious as there are many types of chairs available in the marketplace.

Before we go into all the different types of office chairs available, let’s take a look at some the features that you should be aware of before making your purchase.  These features will guarantee yourself or your employees greater comfort and may also help increase the productivity of your business.

Why the Right Chair Increases Productivity

Choosing the right type of office chair helps increase employee productivity by helping employees focus and concentrate on their work more effectively, thus ultimately resulting in an increase in your overall business productivity.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s an employee, virtual assistant, business professional, visitor or a senior manager, it’s important that they feel comfortable and relaxed while sitting on the chair you provide them at your office.

How to Choose the right Office Chair

Before you purchase your office chair, be sure not to overlook the following features:

Lumbar Support: The first and foremost thing you need to note in an office chair is the lumbar support, as this provides the strongest support to your complete lower back muscles.

Arm Support: Pick an office chair with adjustable armrests, as they help to flip up and push upwards to relieve the pain in your neck and shoulders.

Tilt: Choosing an office chair with tilt adjustment can help you to change or adjust the seat angle as needed.

Swivel:   Having the ability to swivel in your office chair will help you rotate or move without moving the chair’s base.

Height Adjustment: With this feature, a person of any height can make use of the chair in an efficient way.

Paddle Control:  This feature gives you control over your knee and back tilt positions as well as for adjusting your seat height.

Backrest: This is one of the most important features in an office chair. The backrest will not only help to increase your blood circulation but may also help relieve the pressure on your lower back.

Casters: With this feature, it’s simple to move around to any of the places in your office easily.

Types of Office Chairs

Once you are aware of all the features, it’s much simpler to decide on the right type of chair for your office. There are many different types of office chairs available so before you decide, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who is going to use the chair?
  • How long will the person use the chair each day?
  • Which chair can fit your office space perfectly?
  • What is your chair budget?
  • Does the chair suits your office interior and office type?
  • Will the chair work for your other rooms as well?

After you have the answered all the above questions, you’re ready to start selecting the right chair. Here are some types of office chairs that contain all of the above features.

Executive Chairs

This is the perfect chair for use in the corporate office environment or any professional waiting room used for senior and upper management.

Executive Office Chairs provide a professional look to your office space. They also tend to blend well with older office furniture. As they are made up of high-grade materials like leather and wood, they provide maximum guarantee for comfort and durability.

Executive chairs will also adapt to all the above-mentioned features like lumbar support, ergonomic design, padded controls, etc., and are therefore often described as the best chair to be used in the workplace. While they tend to be expensive, they have been noted as worth the investment in the long run.

Ergonomic Chairs

Ergonomic office chairThis chair will provide a relaxed seating environment for your employees and has been known to reduce many types of body pains.   This type of chair is also particularly valuable during long work sessions as it allows employees to focus on their work more effectively, which in return may result in increased productivity.

Apart from posture, these type of chairs have been known to provide a wealth of health benefits to employees including proper regulation of blood flow and reduced  frequency of common issues such as back strain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Guest/ Reception Chairs

This chair would be a great choice for a waiting room or reception area as it’s important that you provide a comfortable chair for your guests and visitors.  This would have an overall positive impact on you and your company.  A guest chair is part of your companys’ all important “first impression”.

There are many different types of guest chairs available but if you need one for senior management or other business professionals, then you’ll need to choose a guest chair with an ergonomic design for ultimate image and comfort.

Conference Chairs

Conference chairs are meant for meeting places so you’ll need to ensure the person in your meeting can sit comfortably and in a relaxed position so they are able to focus and listen to the meeting effectively.

Conference chairs tend to very stylish and comfortable with all the necessary features like castor wheels, height adjustment, padded support, flip up arms, lumbar support, swivel, etc. While these chairs can be costly, the investment may be worth it in the long run if it increases productivity and provides satisfaction to your clients.

Boss Chairs

As the name implies, these chairs are especially preferred for the top management staff in your office. You can identify a boss chair just by the design itself as they tend to be completely unique from other type of office chairs.

These chairs are expensive, yet are considered to be worth the investment. These chairs communicate power, status and thus play a major role in increasing business productivity due to all the advanced features and comfort they provide. In addition, the high-grade quality material used, frame look and the ergonomic design make them attractive and professional looking.

Bottom Line…

It pays to invest some of your valuable time in choosing the best type of chair for your office, as they play such an important role, not only in your customers and employee’s health and morale, but also in increasing your business productivity.

Authors Bio:  Lorenzo Harper is a blogger at and owns a furniture shop in Georgia. In his blog, he writes about various types of chairs and other furniture.



Handwriting Vs. Typing – Why the Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard

We live in an age where technology dominates our lives – at work, at home, at college and everywhere in between. Students are particularly immersed in using laptops for note taking in schools and colleges and less people are writing notes by hand.  In the United Kingdom alone, 1 in 3 people haven’t written anything in 6 months and haven’t put pen to paper in 41 days according to a study of 2000 people by Docmail.  According to the study, the younger generation, in particular, are at risk of losing their calligraphy skills due to increased use of digital devices, not only in college, but in many other areas of their life.

Why Handwritten Notes are Better

Even though it is often quicker to type notes, students often learn more by writing their notes by hand. This is partly because they have more time to take in the information if they write by hand, and even though they will only write at about half the speed that they type, more will stick in their memory.  In addition, handwriting notes vs. typing allows students to develop a better understanding of what they’re studying and many have experienced better performance on tests.

How to Take Notes Effectively

Learning how to take written notes effectively is not as hard as it may seem and students may start seeing results immediately just by following a few simple steps.  It all comes down to being prepared with the right supplies before going to class, paying attention by listening attentively to their teacher and developing a note taking method that works.

Check out the infographic below courtesy of Study Medicine Europe for more information on all the benefits of writing your notes by hand and step by step instructions on how to take written notes effectively.

Hand writing vs typing

5 Steps to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes can help you get dressed quickly, save you money, closet space and even help boost your confidence. Capsule wardrobes are especially perfect for those who work in an office environment as the money you’ll save on business attire will be significant, yet how do you easily put one together?  The folks at Betabrand have come up with 5 simple steps, shown in their courtesy infographic below, for creating a capsule wardrobe that won’t sacrifice your style or your pocket book.

  1. Start with cleaning your closet by sorting your clothes into piles such as currently love or wear, seasonal and other.  Betabrand recommends donating or selling the “other” pile as the goal of a capsule wardrobe is to limit yourself to a small number of essential pieces that can be combined together to create many outfits
  2. So how do you decide what essential pieces to keep?  Using the checklist in the infographic below, Betabrand suggests keeping just two to three items from each category such as tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories and other items such as dresses and jackets.  Of course, some experimentation with colors and accessories will be required and most experts recommend starting with at least one neutral color such as black and working from there.  Some great ideas on how to mix and match your favorite separates, especially those that work for the office, can be found here.
  3. Easier said than done?  Then allow yourself to splurge slightly on one of your favorite clothing categories.  It’s all about compromise but only do it once, Betabrand suggests.
  4. Did you know that just 27 pieces can build 100 outfits?  Give it a try or do a trial run to see how you get along with the capsule wardrobe.
  5. Lastly reassess and rotate.  It’s a good idea to set a reassess schedule to refine, edit or rotate your wardrobe.

Capsule Wardrobe

Aiming for a Cleaner, Healthier Office Environment

Guest post by The Plant Man

One of the easiest ways to ensure you stay in good shape, even as you go through one file after the other, is to incorporate some indoor plants into your office environment. Other than the obvious health benefits these indoor plants bring with them, they also help in adding more life and color into your environment.

And what’s more is that adding some corporate greenery can also help you create those much needed separations between workplaces. Here are top 6 indoor plants that can help you get all these aforementioned benefits:

1: Jade Plant:

In Japan, this is the plant which is known for bringing financial success to whoever owns it. This small, succulent plant has beautiful flowers, and other than the legend associated with it, another reason the Jade Plant makes a good office plant is that it is super easy to maintain. It hardly requires watering.

2: Peace Lilly:

Other than requiring water, plants also need proper amounts of light. However, it is not always the case that your workplace has big enough windows to allow adequate amounts of light in. The good news is that even in such circumstances there are certain indoor plants which can thrive.

Peace Lilly is a perfect example of that. This large plant needs space, but not that much light. And it is great for cleaning the air.

3: Chinese Evergreen:

A similar plant like Peace Lilly in terms of maintenance needs, Chinese Evergreen is also a great option to consider for your office. Great for removing toxins from the air, Chinese Evergreen requires very little  water and light.

4: Snake Plant:

If you feel like your office could make room for some arrangements which would guarantee more privacy, this is the plant for you. The Snake Plant has leaves that grow super tall, super quick. These leaves have beautiful yellow-green bands on their outside. Since these leaves of this plant are naturally tall, place three to four Snake Plants together and you have yourself a natural partition!

5: Cactus:

Another great indoor plant option is that of Cactus. While they do not require to be watered that much, but they do need a good amount of light. So, if there are a couple of big windows near your desk, a Cactus plant is a good option. Another cool thing about these plants is that since there are available in so many different varieties, you can have a couple of them arranged near your window sill.

6: Spider Plant:

Do you feel like your office lacks visual appeal? Spider Plant can help you fix that. Often considered as one of the easiest to grow indoor plants, these plants can be put into hanging baskets. The hanging baskets along with the plants can then be hung around the office to create some beauty.

The important thing to keep in mind while selecting an indoor plant for your workplace is your workplace setting. You should select plants based on what is your office space like and how much time you can take out to maintain them.