5 Productive Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

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A recent article, Six Steps to the Perfect Power Lunch by Ceren Cubukcu says that lunch time is not only about taking your lunch break but an hour of opportunity to do whatever you need to keep you productive and efficient all day long.

So, don’t just sit at your desk but make use of the hour ahead by taking a power lunch.  Here’s how.

1.Lunch with others
Lunch time is a great chance to chat with coworkers in coworking office space or catch up with a client. Therefore, use this opportunity to meet new people, reconnect with old faces and meet possible clients.

2.Go for a walk outside the office
Regular exercising reduces pressure and decreases tension. If you don’t have any time to go to the gym to work out, going for a walk outside your flexible office space helps a lot.

3.Do some personal errands
Lunch breaks gives you time to run your errands. Crossing off items from your personal to do list or at least organizing them clears your mind so you can focus on your work better.

4.Have a twenty-minute nap
If you feel like you didn’t get enough sleep last night, taking a 20 minute nap can help. Some day offices have nap rooms and they are actually very trendy among workers. It positively makes a difference in how you function for the rest of the day.

5.Plan the rest of your day
Lunch time enables you to assess what you have already completed during the day and what else you have to do for the rest of the day. For instance, if an unanticipated meeting comes up for the afternoon, you can use your lunch time to prepare for your meeting.

Conclusion
Taking your lunch break helps improve your overall wellbeing, productivity and personal relations. Likewise, a well designed office with complete array of technology helps your small business thrive.
YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of businesses looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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The Best Holiday Gift Guide For Your Home Office

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A recent article, A Home Office Holiday Gift Guide by Eric Grevstad  says that holidays are the best times for gift giving. It’s easy to get excited in the retail swirl that builds up around the holidays, surrounded by bargains.

Don’t get overwhelmed, here is a gift guide for holiday gifts to help your home office be more productive.

The most wish list in 2015

Microsoft Surface Book:

  • 3-pound laptop
  • 5-inch Windows 10 tablet
  • 6 pound second battery pack, 15-hour unplugged life
  • Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid-state storage at $1,699
  • Core i7 with double the memory, storage, and discrete graphics—but nearly faultless in both laptop and tablet modes at $2,699

Dream Desktop:

HP’s Envy 34 Curved All-in-One:

  • 34-inch, 3,440-by-1,440 wraparound monitor
  • Core i5 chip at $1,800
  • Core i7 model at $2,000

Dream Ergonomic Chairs:

The most important piece of home office furniture in which you spend eight or more hours a day in; here are some sites where you can purchase.

The Gift of Safety:

  1. My Passport Ultra– portable external hard drive available in four colors, from 500 GB up to 3TB capacities. You can take all of your pictures, videos and music with you wherever you go.
  2. Acronis TrueImage 2016– file and folder backup with full disk imaging that can save various system states, or even restore your system to a different machine. It’s $79.99 for three PCs or $159.99 for one year of True Image Cloud—which combines local and online backup so you can access your files on any device from anywhere.

The Gift Of Storage

  • USB 3.0 flash drives- 128GB for $119.99 at SanDisk and Best Buy.

Conclusion              

These are perfect home office gifts that will surely be appreciated. If you’re still looking for more gift suggestions, YourOffice is looking forward to offering you lots of exciting gift in workspace solutions that will fit every businesses needs. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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How to Regain Momentum at Work after a Vacation

Virtual OfficeA recent article, What To Do When Vacations Are Over, by Ceren Cubukcu, observes that returning to work after a relaxing vacation can be depressing. However, there are a few simple things you can do to help yourself ease back into the work week.

Below are 4 tips to help you resume your routine and boost your productivity.

  1. Give yourself an extra day to recuperate

Try to avoid returning to work the day after you get home from vacation. Giving yourself an extra day will help you rest from your trip and get some household chores accomplished, so you can be ready for the week. If you plan to return on a Sunday, request Monday off ahead of time, so you only work 4 days during your first week back. Returning to a shorter work week can be a much easier transition.

  1. Check email prior to going back to work

Returning to work with a full inbox of emails can be overwhelming. Give your inbox a quick scan to delete spam and mark the ones that need your attention before you go back to your office.

  1. Be watchful with your eating habits

Weight gain is common during a vacation, so you can use your return to work as motivation to get back into a healthy eating routine. Also, avoiding junk food and sugary drinks will help you not feel sluggish at work.

  1. Start planning your next trip

Back to work means the opportunity to save money for another vacation! Instead of lamenting the end of your vacation, start planning a new one to look forward to.

Conclusion

It’s not easy to get back into the swing of working, after a wonderful vacation. But a good vacation can also help rejuvenate you for a more productive time at work. It’s also an easier transition if you have a good workplace to come back to. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

What other tips can you suggest to regain momentum at work? We’d be glad to hear your thoughts and comments below. You can also reach us on Google Plus and Twitter.

4 Reasons Small Businesses Don’t Succeed

Full Service Virtual OfficesA recent article, 4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail, by Yura Bryant, observes that the business owner’s ability to develop strategic plans and procedures leads to success. On the contrary, the inability of business owners to identify and correct their mistakes within business operations, will eventually lead to business failure.

The following are four mistakes that can cause a small business to fail.

  1. Lack of Strategy

Many entrepreneurs break into the business world without mapping out a plan of action. There are crucial steps to growing and maintaining a business. Without proper planning, a business will take root on a shaky foundation and not be able to withstand the turbulence of a competitive landscape.
Make sure that a working strategy is established and being carried out within the company. This enables your business to be more efficient and effective with time and money.

  1. No target market

Many businesses fail to attract a loyal base of customers because their marketing campaigns are too broad.
Save time and money, by identifying your target audience and direct your marketing endeavors toward that specific customer profile. If you try to reach everyone, you will end up reaching no one. Establish a core group of supporters and then expand from there.

  1. Failure to Prioritize Quality Service

Customer service should be a priority. A small business’ success is often a reflection of the service it provides to customers. If a customer is dissatisfied, chances are they will take their business elsewhere, and news travels fast.
Providing high quality service should be a daily commitment and expectation of your company.

  1. No Knowledge of Sales

Many new business owners are unknowledgable or timid when it comes to generating sales. The product and service may be excellent, but if revenue doesn’t grow, the business will crumble.
It’s crucial to generate awareness and interest about your business and track your sales. If generating money is not your strong point, seek out someone to put in charge of tracking and increasing your business’ revenue.

Conclusion
Understanding the reasons why some small business doesn’t thrive, will help you avoid the same mistakes. As the business owner, it’s up to you to decide what is best for your company, but don’t be ashamed to ask for help. There are countless resources available to help you build your business. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of businesses looking for everything from plug and play offices to full serviced virtual office spaces. YourOffice offers professional and flexible workspace solutions with access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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6 Innovation Killers for Your Business to Avoid

Virtual OfficeA recent article, Ten ways businesses can kill innovation, by Nick Heath, talks about how many large businesses are often centered around practices that stifle innovation.

Below are 6 red flags to look out for in your business.

1.Fear to explore new ideas
Some businesses object to any changes or pursuits that might upset their established setup. If a business is unable to adapt to the changes of their environment or unwilling to seek new solutions, the company will stop growing.

2. Being tightfisted
Withholding funds for development can hamper innovation. While it is important to be efficient with company spending, departments need funding to put innovation into action.

3.Tunnelvision
Focusing too strongly on short-term results can reduce the organization’s chance to innovate. When the majority of resources are put into just keeping the business running, it leaves little room for change or improvement.

4.Dismissing past attempts
An idea that didn’t fit a past circumstance, may be the solution for future circumstances. Don’t be afraid to try old approaches a second time. Innovation can turn old failures into new successes.

5.Placating rejections
If a manager has no intention of considering or using an employee’s idea, they should be upfront about it. Innovation involves a continuous stream of suggestions and experimentation. To encourage innovation among employees, a culture of trust must be established.

6.Unwilling to take risks
Enterprises often lack the grit to take a chance on potentially disruptive innovations. Impulsive actions and carelessness should be avoided, but taking risks doesn’t have to be a dangerous game. Taking risks for the sake of innovation is usually less about the actual risk and more about the fear of change.

Conclusion
Successful businesses value innovation. If you are looking to innovate your business’ workspace, YourOffice can help. YourOffice offers a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

5 Reasons Sales is a Promising Career Field

Individual Office spaceA recent article, 5 Reasons A Career In Sales Is A GREAT CHOICE by Joe B. Gonzalez Jr., observes that while the average person doesn’t dream of a career in sales, it’s actually a very promising and rewarding job.

  1. Expertise

If you love learning, sales may be for you. The key for successful selling is expertise and confidence in the product you are offering.

  1. Many job opportunities

Failure to sell a particular product doesn’t mean you are not a talented salesperson. You may just need to move on to a different company or product. Turnover in sales is high, so there are many great opportunities in sales–find your perfect fit.

  1. Financial reward

Although working on commission may seem intimidating, it allows you to have complete control.

  1. Refining

In sales, having a negative attitude or disposition can hinder building a relationship with customers. As a salesperson, you are constantly refining yourself and the way you interact with different people.

  1. Opportunity to help others

Many customers think salespeople just want their money. But if you don’t care about your customers, it will catch up with you. Building sincere trust with customers will give you better results and be a much more promising and rewarding endeavor.

Conclusion
A career in sales can also lead to starting up your own business. YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices and permanent individual office space. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

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