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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Make your Mornings Just a Little Easier

Has anyone ever told you that you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Mornings are not everyone’s favorite time of the day but taking certain steps to make your morning easier might help you become more of a morning person. Check out these easy ways to make your morning brighter:

Wake up a little earlier

If you’re not a morning person you probably don’t think that waking up earlier is beneficial, however just a few minutes can help. Instead of sleeping as long as you can and jumping out of bed the instant your alarm clock goes off, try setting your alarm for just 10 or 15 minutes earlier. Use your extra time to gradually wake up. Stretch, mentally map out your day or decide what you are going to wear before you even get out of bed. This extra time is a great way to calmly start off your morning and prepare yourself for the day ahead.

Listen to music

When you’re getting ready for your day, turn on the radio or iPod. Music can help improve your mood. Listening to upbeat music is linked to positivity and creativity while rock can give you an adrenaline rush. The genre of music you listen to is up to you and what kind of mood you’re in, but here are some effects of different types of music.

Make a check list

Not only is making a checklist a productive way to start off your morning, but it will also help you mentally prepare for the day. It’s easy for us to forget things, so using checklists ensures you won’t overlook anything. In addition, checklists allow you to save your brain power for more creative things. By writing your checklist in the morning, you are aware of what you need to get done throughout the day and you can pace and brace yourself for the day ahead.

Have a good breakfast

As mentioned in a previous post, Breakfasts to Jumpstart your Day, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Nutritional foods like whole grains and fruits are great breakfast foods that will start your morning off right and will keep you energized until lunch. Eating breakfast replaces morning crabbiness with improved concentration, so don’t skip it! If you’re in a rush have a healthy on-the-go breakfast, such as a low-fat yogurt or a fruit smoothie.

Everyone has their own morning routine, whether it involves getting the kids ready, preparing for a big meeting or finishing up last minute touches on a presentation. There are never enough hours in a day, but hopefully following these tips will at least help make your mornings more manageable.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Do you know the Meaning of Memorial Day?

Memorial Day often marks the unofficial start of summer. The Holiday gives us a long weekend and the opportunity to have cookouts with friends and family, but Memorial Day has a deeper meaning and historical significance that is sometimes forgotten.

The exact origins of Memorial Day remain unknown, but the Holiday is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving America. Several different towns claim to have started the Holiday around the end of the Civil War. These separate beginnings likely occurred because of the unplanned gathering of town people to honor the lives lost during the Civil War.

According to Yale University historian David Blight's research, the first Memorial Day, or Declaration Day as it was first called, dates back to April 1865. This date marks the time a group of former slaves gathered at a Confederate prison, which used to be a horse race track, where more than 250 Union soldiers had died due to horrible conditions and disease. The former slaves dug up the soldiers' single massive grave then dug each an individual grave. A fence was then wrapped around the new grave yard and an archway was put up that said, "Martyrs of the Race Course." On May 1, 1865, an estimated 10,000 people and Union troops marched around the graveyard carrying roses, singing spiritual songs and the Star Spangled Banner.

These small town celebrations lasted for more than three years before Memorial Day became an official Holiday. General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former soldiers and sailors, proclaimed May 30, 1868 Declaration Day. He said the new Holiday was meant for honoring and remembering the comrades who died defending America by decorating their graves. General James Garfield gave a speech on the first Declaration Day at Arlington National Cemetery, where 5,000 people decorated the 20,000+ graves of the entombed Union and Confederate soldiers.

According to the 2000 National Moment of Remembrance Act, at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day Americans should informally observe a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.

Today, Memorial Day celebrations remain strong at Arlington National Cemetery. Since the 1950's soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division have placed American flags at each of the graves on the Thursday before Memorial Day. During Memorial Day weekend, the cemetery is patrolled to make sure every flag is always standing up. On this Memorial Day, don't forget this part of America's rich history. Take just a minute to stop and remember those who have lost their lives fighting for the freedom we have today.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Why Lease Your Office Equipment?

As covered in a previous blog post, there many advantages to leasing your business equipment, including increased financial flexibility and keeping your business’ equipment as up to date as possible. When businesses are aware of the advantages of leasing, one thing that might not be clear is what equipment is available to lease. Usually people know about big leasing items like hospital and dental equipment, but did you know you can lease office equipment including desks and storage, too?

First impressions are important. When you first walk in a business, the first visible space is the reception area. Be sure your office’s reception area is equipped with stylish furniture that will warmly welcome guests to your business, not turn them away. If people need to wait, be sure your office has a comfortable seating area with arm chairs and sofas. When you lease office furniture, you can get new furniture after your term is up which means your furniture will never sag!

If your business is quickly growing, that means your technology needs room to grow, too. Buying computers and software is a restricting investment that ties your business and its funds down until new systems can be purchased. With leasing, there are no long term commitments or restrictions because you have the option to upgrade at the end of your leasing period. This is a huge advantage in these times of rapidly changing technology because having the latest and greatest technology can give your business the competitive edge needed to succeed.

From furniture and software to seating and workstations, there are numerous leasing options, with a variety of office equipment available for lease. Tiger Leasing offers several different leasing program options to suit your business’ needs, so consider leasing the next time your business needs to update its equipment!

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