Creating a 2017 New Year’s Resolution Journal

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The typical New Year’s resolution lasts roughly one to two months, leading to 60% in unused annual gym memberships, among other good intentions that fall to the wayside. This phenomenon is due in part that very few people can change their habits overnight. That doesn’t mean change is impossible. Taking small steps with realistic goals is attainable with a conscious, regulated modification of behavior. Try a New Year’s Resolution Journal to keep your goals on track.

A Bound Resolution Journal Records Gradual Change

Creating a resolution journal helps you be aware of gradual change. Record daily successes. Reinforce positive emotions that come with maintaining success, and if you slip, don’t beat yourself up. Forgive yourself and record in your journal how you will get back on track the following day.

Customizing Your Journal

The advantage of creating a customized journal you bind yourself, is that you can add personal comments that work specifically for you. Having a “Slip-Ups” Section on every page of your journal reminds you when you didn’t have any slip-ups, and compels you to record what feelings or events caused you to fall back on bad habits when you do.

A Rewards Page

Only with a customized bound journal can you create a rewards page for yourself. Every 14th page of your journal (every two weeks) you don’t have to record an entry. It’s a day-off to reward yourself for your long-term success. Of course, the reward shouldn’t relate to the habits you are trying to break, rather an alternative, healthy choice that helps remind you it’s not all about sacrifice.

Whether it’s weight loss or the desire to quit smoking, change shouldn’t come once a year. Your everyday resolution journal takes the pressure from overnight change and helps you gradually and effectively make improvements in your life.

Why Some Small Businesses Use Big Shredders

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When we think of commercial shredders we typically think of large offices, lots of employees and lots of shredding. Small businesses have their own size shredders of course, smaller deskside versions that are more suitable for smaller work environments. However, in a recent survey conducted by Fellowes to better understand customer needs, it was discovered that many smaller business customers with less than ten employees were upsizing to the larger commercial machines. Here are some reasons why.

Long-Term Productivity Over Short Term Savings

Though commercial shredders cost more, they make up for their expense with enhancements to productivity.

Smaller shredders require more frequent emptying. The larger bin capacity of a commercial machine means less time spent disposing of shredded paper.

Larger machines have higher sheet capacities and longer run times, making shredding more efficient overall. If shredding is a consistent part of a business day such as a law office or mortgage company. even for a small office, this makes a commercial shredder a worthy investment.

More Prominent Reminder of Document Destruction Policies

Many small businesses who handle confidential customer information have found it necessary to establish a formal document destruction policy to prevent liability, a measure typically taken  by large corporate offices. Small deskside shredders tucked away under desks, make it easier for employees to neglect the policy. The presence of a large commercial shredder with a document destruction policy posted on the wall above offers a continuous reminder to employees to shred sensitive documents.

More Efficient During Document Purges

Some businesses may not shred constantly day in and day out, but may destroy documents on designated days of the week or during key periods of their business cycle. In these instances, even though it is used less, a larger commercial shredder is more efficient at destroying large quantities of documents during a purge. In some instances selecting automatic shredders makes this purge process even easier.

Why Do We Get Colds in the Winter?

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With winter, indoor air becomes drier, leading to a greater opportunity for cold and flu germs to circulate freely. Combine this with closed up spaces and heating systems circulating dusty warm air, and you have the ideal environment for winter illnesses to thrive.

Dry indoor air itself doesn’t get you sick. But it may play a role in letting aerosol droplets from a sneeze survive and prosper. Researchers at Tianjin University in China found students in dorm rooms with poor ventilation caught more colds. Additionally, researchers at Virginia Tech found that good ventilation, as well as high indoor relative humidity, renders the influenza A virus inactive.

Dry air outdoors, as measured by absolute humidity, may also be linked to flu outbreaks. According to The National Institutes of Health (NIH), dry winter air allows the flu virus to survive and transmit itself. Additional NIH research suggests that the flu virus’ coating becomes tougher at temperatures close to freezing, making them more active, more resilient, and easier to transmit in the winter.

Here are some solutions to keep indoor air healthier.


  1. Open the windows every now and then. On warmer winter days, fresh air can actually kill germs, flushing them from stuffy rooms.


  1. Get rid of poor indoor air quality at the source. Clean air ducts and replace furnace filters regularly to ensure to prevent germs from re-circulating throughout your home all season long.


  1. Use air purifiers. The best air cleaners can help reduce the cold and flu virus, especially in closed spaces. Air purifiers can also safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke-all factors that contribute to compromised lung function and make anyone in a winterized household more susceptible to airborne germs. You may want to consider certain air cleaners which feature allergy and flu settings to help during flu season and also allergy season in the spring.


It’s also important to know that during cold and flu season babies are more susceptible to the airborne germs circulating in your home. In fact, babies breathe an average of 30-60 times a minute-that’s more than double the amount of an adult. Considering that a baby’s lung are not yet fully developed at birth, and with their faster breathing rate, respiratory illnesses can account for the most health problems among infants. Specially designed baby air purifiers kept in a nursery can aid with reducing airborne pollutants around a young child.

Three Durable Phone Case Solutions Designed for Tradesmen

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Choosing phone cases is usually based on your device first, color second. But when you work in industries like plumbers, electricians and construction workers do, protecting your phone is essential. Specially designed BodyGlove phone cases are perfectly suited for durability, as well as providing color choices and device compatibility that any tradesmen needs from the ideal phone case.

Taking into consideration, the rough environment of construction sites, BodyGlove created a line of impact resistant phone cases. The ShockSuit, phone cases ToughSuit, phone cases and the specially designed waterproof  Optrix phone case deliver ultimate protection for a contractor’s phone in three different shock-absorbing models.

The ShockSuit design provides three times the protection of the average cell phone case. The gel material absorbs the impact of everyday drops and bumps for roofers and workers on ladders. Constructed of 3 layers, a built-in screen protector, and covered buttons and ports, this phone case meets military drop test standards.

The ToughSuit is equipped with a hard polycarbonate shell that snaps around the device and provides an additional gel layer for a combination of hard and soft protection that keeps your phone intact. Ideal when your phone comes into contact with heavy equipment. Keep your device secure and easy to access with the included holster, which clips onto belts.

Choose the Optrix  for iPhone for when you are working in the rain or drop your smartphone in a flooding basement. The ideal phone case for plumbers or sanitation crews cleaning up after a flood. Even submerged to 33 feet your iPhone is safe. Also your iPhone is fully protected from impact. Optrix features ultra-rugged iPhone housings including polycarbonate Unibody technology which is vastly stronger than plastic “clam-shell” style cases, providing complete protection against drops, bumps, scratches, rain, snow, dust, dirt, sand and more.

Learn more about waterproof capabilities of the Optrix: Protecting Your Phone from Water

Three Easy Steps to Year End Records Organization

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As the new year approaches, tax time may be the only thing on your mind, but taking the chance to reorganize can help you feel more in control and ready to take on your taxes. Here are three steps  you can take to get yourself organized and ready for 2017.

Review the complete line of year end storage solutions: Storage Boxes for Year End Organization


Files becomes disorganized mostly because we are afraid to throw things away. To make this step easier, make two piles-definitely throw away and maybe throw away. Any files 7 years or older can be thrown. If you are not sure about a particular document, keep it in the maybe file for now.


The structure of any file system is not set in stone. We all have special areas of our business that need files and no set template is going to be completely satisfactory. After the purging stage, your current filing structure may be just fine. However if you do need to rethink your system here are some questions to ask yourself:

 Are Current File Categories Growing too Big?

For example you may have started a file entitled employees, only to find that current employees and past employee records were making the file too massive. Breaking down a single category into sub files can take the burden out of one file.

The same question can be asked in reverse. Are there some sub-category files that you thought would grow, but may only contain a few documents. You may want to merge this file with another smaller category to keep things  from getting too complex.

Remember that maybe throw file? Go through it now to reconsider the documents you may want to keep. In light of a new file structure, some might get filed in new categories or simply tossed once see with more organized insight.


Finally, it’s time to archive your files from around two years ago. Clearly label your boxes or drawers with the date.  Leave out last year’s documents to get ready for tax time. You will feel a sense of relief knowing you are not only ahead of the tax season, but also completely organized before the first Christmas party invitation.


Organizing for Empty Nesters


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If the last of your kids has gone off to college, the silence that you so longed for now seems deafening.  But this is just a shift in your household flow. Now, rather than focusing on a high school student’s needs, you can focus on your own. To help make this shift easy, you need to get organized. Start Here to Create Your Keepsake Box and Your To-Do Box: Boxes for Empty Nesters

Create a Keepsake Box

Fill a box with everything that you want to keep from your child’s growth through graduation. Childhood drawings, favorite toys and diplomas can go in this box. Label it and put it away for now. This will help you make the transition away from feelings of sadness. Your child has made the transition to a new life; it’s time you do the same.

Create a To-Do Box

This box is not one you will not put away. In this box you can put objects that represent what you want to do in your new stage of life. Fill it with objects of aspiration. Sure you could make lists in notebooks, but having a physical object in a box takes up space and reminds you everyday of where you want to go, want you want to do.

  • Travel: find objects that will always remind you of the destination you want to visit.
  • Hobbies: starting a hobby that you never had time for can finally happen with objects in your To-Do box that stimulate your inspiration for gardening or writing
  • People you want to visit. We make lots of visits to family and friends throughout our life, but many times they are uninspired. Think of the people you want to spend some quality time with now that you have the time. Fill your To-Do Box with reminders from photo albums or personal mementos that will get you going!



Organizing a Christmas Scrapbook

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A scrapbook made with a binding machine is a fun way to remember the holiday season creatively. You can make a new scrapbook each year and store them away as keepsakes when the kids get older.  Print all the photos you take at Christmas-time and set them aside along with other mementos such as greeting cards and even the holiday crafts the kids make in school. Tell a story with your scrapbook, designating sections of your memory book with different events throughout the holiday.

Christmas Decorating

Take photos while you decorate the inside and outside of the house. Get snapshots while picking out your Christmas tree and decorating it. Also, after Christmas, rather than putting away those  homemade ornaments the kids hung on the tree, glue them into the decorating section of your scrapbook as a lasting memory.

Holiday Parties

Whether you host Christmas dinner or invite the neighbors to an informal get-together, photos of the festivities make for laughs years later. Also include party invites and even a guest list of signatures to create an impressive artifact of the event.  These items, along with recipes you served up,  create a collage that will stir fond memories when you turn to these pages in the future.

Snow Fun

Though some Christmas seasons may be a little light on snowfall, that one white Christmas makes an inviting section of your scrapbook. Snap photos of the kids building a snowman, everyone having a snowball fight in the park or the kids sledding. Don’t forget photos of those snow angels in the yard.

Opening Presents On Christmas Day

Set aside a section when the kids dig into their gifts on Christmas morning, snapping shots of piles of wrapping paper on the floor and photos of all the gifts everyone received. Include gift tags and scraps of gift paper on the pages of this section as well.

Assembling Your Scrapbook

After the busyness of the holidays has come to a close you can settle down with all the items you have collected. Select different colored papers for each section of the book and begin gluing the photos in each section. Use glitter and other notions for page décor. Give titles to each page and cut out stenciled letters to give each page charm. When you have all of your pages completed, use your binding machine to punch holes in the organized scrapbook pages. Then bind the pages. Your holiday scrapbook is complete!

For tips on binding, refer to this helpful video:

Holiday Home Office Buying Guide: Four Unique Gifts

For those on your gift list who take their home office seriously, here are some great ideas to provide comfort and productivity.

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Upgrade to an Automatic Shredder

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Enhance productivity in the home office by automating  everyday shredding needs. The AutoMax 200C Auto Feed Shredder gives that special someone on your gift list  versatile shredding performance with 200 sheet automatic shredding and 10 sheet manual shredding. The AccuFeed Technology lets them shred hands free with a 12 minute run time. They can also shred paper clips, staples, credit cards and junk mail. A great gift for anyone who needs a better shredder.

Add Professionalism and Save Money with Personal Laminating

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End the days of expensive laminated projects at the local office center. The Saturn 3i 125 Laminator is a simple DIY laminating machine that makes durable handouts, laminated business cards and dry erase charts that bring productivity to the home office for less money. This home office laminator is the ideal gift for someone who needs occasional laminating projects and also needs to save money for their home business. The Saturn 3i 125 provides rapid one minute warm-up and  a 12/1/2″ entry for versatile document size, as well as a supply kit to get them started.


Improve the Air of the Home Office


With the winter months, the home office can get stuffy and with cold and flu season, germs circulate throughout the heating system. Time spent in the home office can make anyone sick, even when they try to sanitize surfaces and wash hands. After all, cold and flu germs linger in the air for a long time, making a home office air purifier a thoughtful gift. The AeraMax DX95 Air Purifier provides hospital type filtration, effectively cleaning the air in large rooms 300-600 square feet. Also the AeraSmart™ Sensor monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep air purified all the time. Look for the certified asthma and allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America stamp of approval if someone on your Christmas list needs extra protection from allergies and asthma.


Toast Toes in a Chilly Home Office



Sometimes a home office can be too warm or too cold, or both depending on the weather. If you have someone on your Christmas list with complaints of cold feet, this Climate Control Footrest will be deeply appreciated. This comfy footrest fits easily under the desk and features three temperature settings: cool fan, low heat, and high heat-so it also works great on sultry summer afternoons. The fan lets you adjust workspace airflow to suit your preference and the auto-off feature prevents overheating. They will also enjoy the surface massage bumps to help soothe their feet while they work.

AeraMax Professional Air Purifier Wins Editor’s Choice Award at Rooms to Restaurants Show

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The new AeraMax Professional AM II won the 2016 Editor’s Choice Awards for Best New Product in the Technology category while at the Hotel Experience Rooms to Restaurants show. Judged by editors of leading hospitality magazines, the Editor’s Choice Awards single out notable products and achievements that serve the hospitality industry, and awarded the AM II for its innovations in air purification.

The AM II was introduced earlier this year as a complement to the other commercial air purifiers in the AeraMax Professional line. Ideal for spaces up to 300 square feet, the AM II employs the same hospital-type filtration found in the larger commercial units. The AM II was specifically designed to address indoor air quality issues in commercial spaces such as restrooms and waiting areas, small offices and medical examining rooms. For the hospitality industry, the AM II’s slim, compact design fits air purification needs for hotel and motel rooms and business and fitness areas where the constant influx of guests can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Learn more about the AeraMax Professional AM II

See how the hospitality industry is applying air purification in this article in Lodging Magazine:Industry article

AeraMax Professional is manufactured by Fellowes Brands.  For more information visit:

Fellowes Launches GIVE Mission to Dominican Republic with Opportunity International

The U.S. Fellowes team of Jim Lewis, Jenny Schenck, DeAnna Krejci, Jim Absolon, and Juan Aguinaga visited Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where they joined Opportunity International for the week visiting schools and communities afflicted with poverty, but who are also being given opportunities for a brighter future through Microfinance, Educational, and Agricultural initiatives.  Follow their journey on their  Blog

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More About Opportunity International

Opportunity International is working to end global poverty by creating/sustaining 20 million jobs by 2020. We believe that enabling individuals to create dignified and sustainable work is the foundation for transforming their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.

Opportunity International was founded in 1971 by two visionary leaders who were inspired to take action by their experiences with people living in extreme poverty.

Al Whittaker, former president of Bristol Myers International Corporation in the U.S., and Australian entrepreneur David Bussau sought a solution that would help people transform their lives. They entered unchartered territory when they launched what we know now as Opportunity International, which was one of the first non-profit organizations to recognize the benefits of offering financial services for people living in poverty in developing countries.

Today, Opportunity International serves 14.3 million hardworking entrepreneurs in 24 countries around the world. We have big plans for the world: a world without poverty where people can live with dignity and purpose. Our clients have ambitious dreams for their futures, but lack the opportunities needed to make those dreams a reality.

We go where others won’t to give these inspiring people access to financial services including loans, savings, insurance and other financial services and training—all which empower these entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty and build a new sustainable future for themselves and their families.

To date, we have created or sustained nearly 16 million jobs by giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to thrive. With your support, we will reach millions more clients—and those clients will change the world.