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How To Stay Organized In A Busy Environment

How To Stay Organized In A Busy Environment

Posted on Aug 03, 2017 by Emily Ballard

Let’s be honest, life is hectic. Between work, home, kids (if you have them) and trying to have a social life, everything can blend together and it can become hard to stay organized. While work-life balance is important, work is a large contributor to our attitude, happiness and overall outlook on life. If you are one that wears many hats at work, here are five ways to relieve the stress of having what seems like one million things to do. Disclaimer: random tedious and sometimes unpleasant things are inevitably going to pop up, but turning these tips into habits will make it more bearable.

Have a to-do list

To-do lists seem like something you don’t really need, but once you make one it’s like night and day. Being able to see what you have to do for the day and check things off as you go helps dramatically with time management and decreases stress levels. Prioritizing tasks is an extremely important aspect of time management, and to-do lists help with visualizing what is most important and which task will take the longest to complete.

Block off time for each task

Personally, planners have always been my go-to. Paper planners with time slots such as Passion Planner, Plum Paper, and The Bullet Journal help with time management, are great for keeping track of meetings on-the-go and enable you to visualize where you will have time for random things that pop up throughout the day. If checking emails is a daunting task, block off three time slots in your day dedicated to sending and responding to emails.

Don’t procrastinate

Psychologists at Thrive Global have studied procrastination and the impact it has on our mental state. Procrastination increases stress levels which often lead to other issues such as lack of sleep, disengagement at work and at home and lack of appetite—and that’s only the beginning of the spiral effect. Using your to-do list to stay on top of daily tasks will increase productivity and ultimately lead to an abundance of benefits such as increased focus, deeper level of learning, more control over emotions, and increase overall happiness and well-being.

Organize your desk

Having a messy desk can cause unnecessary stress and make you feel like you aren’t being as productive as you should be, which can again have a spiral effect. Decluttering your desk will allow you to clear your mind and devote your full attention to the task at hand. A messy desk is another major contributor to stress, feeling exhausted and feeling like you’ve been unproductive. Paper-holders and small filing cabinets can be lifesavers.

Schedule one 10-minute, technology-free break during the day to regroup (and don’t let it stress you out)

Look, I totally understand being incredibly busy and feeling unproductive the second I put my phone down or stop typing, but this is sort of like meditation. Just turn your chair around, focus on your breathing, sip your coffee/tea/water, look out the window and allow yourself to regroup about halfway through the day. This will allow you to mentally catch up and you’ll probably end up giving yourself time to remember what it was you meant to put on your to-do list. 

The main message here is to declutter your mind and allow yourself to focus and increase productivity. We all need a reminder every now and then to take a step back, clear our thoughts and recharge. The positive effects of giving yourself just 10 minutes to regroup and get organized are endless. So, get ready for next week by getting organized this weekend and TGIT, my friends!

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What’s Booming in Austin?

What’s Booming in Austin?

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Emily Ballard

Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked Austin, Texas the best place to live in the United States. The city is growing faster now than ever, and people are wondering what is drawing such a large crowd to Austin. Along with it being the Live Music Capital of the world, Austin’s job market is thriving and businesses are flourishing. U.S. News analyzed the cost of living, job market, quality of life and desirability to determine rankings which resulted in Austin being the most desirable place to live in 2017.

There are multiple free shows in Austin just about every night. With companies like Do512 and 365ThingsAustin, you can sort through everything going on in Austin on any particular day and make after-work plans just like that.

Although nightlife in ATX is booming, that’s not the only reason people are flocking to Austin. The tech industry is offering more jobs in Austin than any other industry. Tech startups are popping up everywhere, and companies need to fill roles like data scientists, web designers, and UX designers more and more each day.

What’s next? Austin is expected to have a population of about three million by 2030, currently sitting at just over two million. With the number of people moving to Austin steadily increasing, homebuilders are having a tough time keeping up with the demand—hence the skyrocketing living expenses. So whether you’re in the job market or simply looking for a cool, hip place to relocate, now is the time to get here!

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Happy 240th Birthday America!

Happy 240th Birthday America!

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 by Kate Gothing

Of all the holidays celebrated in the United States, July 4th is the FOURTH most commonly celebrated. Coincidence? I think not. Whether you refer to July 4th as the Fourth of July, Independence Day or America’s Birthday, we are all happy to celebrate it together.

A historic day that is now celebrated by water activities, cookouts, beer and fireworks is one of the most important days in United States history. As HMG prepares for their holiday weekend, we took some time to reflect on the history of our homeland. James described his meaning of July 4th in an inspiring way:

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Posting Across Generations: Millennials vs. Our Parents

Posting Across Generations: Millennials vs. Our Parents

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 by Kate Gothing

Social media is an ever-changing outlet. Networking platforms have been going in and out of popularity as quickly as Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits. Who remembers MySpace? I know I do. I would spend hours updating my MySpace layout, thinking I was cool because I knew which codes to put in to make my solid colored background into one that resembled a disco ball. Now that MySpace has phased out, the public has moved on to the more popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. I am now a senior in college, but I began using social media when I was thirteen. Middle school was all about who your top friends were on MySpace, high school was all about being “FB official” and posting funny posts on your BFF’s Facebook wall, and now in college Snapchat and Instagram are the best ways to show everyone from home how much better college is than high school.

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The Latest Version: Why WordPress Updates are so Important

The Latest Version: Why WordPress Updates are so Important

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 by Callie Musick

We’ve talked before on here about how much we love WordPress, and it’s definitely no secret. One of the reasons we’ve mentioned is that it’s an open-source platform, meaning that at any given time there are numerous developers fixing it and making improvements to it across the world. With so much constant attention and many new features being added, updates are released periodically making these enhancements available to the entire WordPress community.

Take advantage of these! We know it can seem overwhelming to alter the site that you’ve built, installed plug-ins and themes for, and is running smoothly, but there’s a danger to skipping these updates and benefits you’ll miss out on if you don’t.

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Great Companies With Lackluster Web Presences

Great Companies With Lackluster Web Presences

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Emily Weeks

*This article was originally posted on imediaconnection.com but is written by HMG Creative.

Online, a good web presence can make or break your company. If a potential hollywood customer lands on your site and is immediately overwhelmed by an overload of information, hard-to-read text and advertisements, they will likely be turned off and go elsewhere to find a similar service. Who would waste their time browsing through an impossibly confusing site?

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