When people think of spring cleaning, they often think of refreshing all of the bed linens, cleaning rugs and giving the kitchen a good clean out. What tends to get neglected is cleaning the desk. But as we’re likely to spend a good deal of time sitting at our desks, it’s one of the most important spots to make sure is clean and organized so we can most enjoy getting our work done.
How to Spring Clean Your Desk
1. Clear off the clutter: First thing is first, and that’s clearing your desk of all of that stuff. Don’t get bogged down in organizing it yet. That’s probably what has kept you from cleaning out your desk sooner, the thought of organizing all those piles. For right now, just make a tidy pile and then move on to the next step.
2. Clean off the surfaces: A dusty workspace does not encourage you to spend time there. So get out the rags or paper towels and clean all of the surfaces. Don’t forget about your electronics. A microfiber cloth is great for cleaning off screens, and compressed air is great for keyboards. And go deep. Get the drawers neat. If there’s a bunch of stuff in there, take it out, and put it in the pile of disorganized stuff. If you’re already happily organized with your drawers, then remove the things, clean it, and replace them as they were.
3. Make the space you want: Before you start organizing, consider your space and how you’ve been using it. Often, things just kind of fall into a pattern, and it’s often not the pattern that you want or that’s most beneficial to getting work done. Think about what projects you most want to get done, and how your workspace can contribute to you being more effective. Some tips on how to organize your workspace:
Good lighting: Make sure that you have adequate lighting that is comfortable for your eyes.
Labeling: Any folders, boxes and drawers should have labels to keep you well organized.
Shelving: Often times vertical space is underutilized. Think of installing shelves above your desk to keep papers or resources that you use regularly, keeping them in sight and easy to grab.
Plants: You want to keep knickknacks to a minimum but a plant can literally breathe new life into your workspace, filling the air with oxygen. If there’s a quote or image that you find inspiring, clip it, frame it and put it on or above your desk.
4. Get organized: Now that you’ve set up your workspace exactly as you’d like it, it’s time to organize all that stuff. In choosing how you’d like your space to be, it will be much easier to decide where things go, and also what you really need. Now is the time to get rid of whatever you don’t need. Be brutal. Do you really need paper copies of everything or can you digitize some of your records?
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When you come home to your Dallas apartments at the end of a long day, do you feel like you got enough done — or do you wish your productivity was better? Well, it can be — and you can improve your posture while you’re at it. Here are a few key tips for better productivity and posture.
Improving Your Posture
If your posture is poor, your productivity is sure to take a dive. Fortunately, it’s easy to improve your posture. Try these tips for quick posture fixes.
While sitting in your office chair, make sure that your hips are pushed against the back of the chair.
Keep your feet flat.
Keep your shoulders thrown back, not hunched forward.
Use a lumbar support pillow, especially if you’ve had back pain in the past.
With just the simple fixes above, your posture can improve greatly — and this can be the first step to improved productivity. Here are a few ideas for improving your productivity even more.
Improving Your Productivity
The top tip for improving productivity in the office may seem counter-intuitive to many people. It’s common for people to work through their breaks and even through their lunch hour, thinking that they’ll be able to get more done that way. Not taking breaks has just the opposite effect. It makes you feel weary, decreases your ability to focus, and can increase the chance of making mistakes. Take your breaks and lunch hours — and use them to get away from the desk and actually get outside for a few minutes. When you’re eating, it’s fine to read — but nothing work related. Your brain needs a break.
Another top tip for improved productivity is to make your office space inspirational. Add a few things that make you smile — maybe it’s something like plants, an aromatherapy lamp, or inspirational quotes. You’d be surprised how much more focused and productive you can feel when you get enjoyment from your surroundings.
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One of the biggest reasons for the feeling of being overworked is a lack of efficiency. This causes it to require more effort and time to accomplish things that could be done with much less friction. Here are some tools to help you improve your workflow so that you can spend more time enjoying your life.
With more and more sites urging people to sign up for emails, it’s easy to end up with an overwhelming number of subscriptions. Unsubscribing from all of them can be tedious if you have to fish through all of your mail to find them. Use the site Unroll.me to have all of your subscriptions put into a neatly-ordered list, which you can then scroll through to easily find the ones you want to unsubscribe from.
Learn Things Quickly
Blinkist, an app, is the modern “CliffsNotes” of nonfiction books. Even better, it’s an audio-book version. It will read summaries of the key points of over 2,000 books to you. The books are condensed into 15-minute capsules to make it easy for you to learn their actual lessons during short breaks in your day.
The biggest time-wasters of the day aren’t tasks, but distractions from them. Whether you get sucked into social media, games or YouTube videos, the end result is the same: The whole day can go by without getting anything productive accomplished. Control these distractions with RescueTime, an app that monitors your device usage, gives you a report, and can temporarily block particularly distracting sites so that you can get back to more important things.
Organize Your Thoughts, Lists, and More
Sometimes, the best solution isn’t the latest invention. Instead, it’s something that is very much time-tested. Post-It notes are more versatile than any one app because they’ll hold any information that you can fit on them. Use them to jot down spontaneous ideas, shopping lists, reminder notes, and more. Their ability to be posted anywhere ensures that your notes will always be right where you need them.
When you use these and other tools to increase your efficiency, you’ll find that you have more time for yourself. Check out our apartments in Dallas for a great place to spend those extra hours. Our architecturally significant, modern apartment homes are located in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood. Call us to learn more!
With springtime just around the corner, you might be thinking of the spring cleaning you’ll need to do in your Dallas apartment soon. One reason that people sometimes delay cleaning is that they’re worried about the environmental impact of the chemicals in cleaning solutions. However, there’s no reason to wait any longer because we have some fantastic eco-friendly cleaning tips for your spring cleaning!
Spring Cleaning the Eco-Friendly Way
While doing spring cleaning in your apartment in Dallas there are several different eco-friendly cleaning formulas that you can make yourself. In fact, you probably have the ingredients needed for the following cleaning solutions at home already.
Create an eco-friendly glass cleaner with just 1/4 cup of white vinegar and a quart of room temperature water. Combine in a large spray bottle, and then use to clean windows, coffee tables, and any other glass surface in your home. Recycle your old newspapers (another eco-friendly action) by using them to wipe away the glass cleaner.
This eco-friendly option for bathroom tile, bathtubs, and countertops is also super easy to make. Combine one part baking soda with two parts of white vinegar. Once it’s a thick paste, add four parts of water. You can use this with a sponge to scrub away germs and grime, the eco-friendly way. When using this bathroom cleaner, scrub well and allow the mixture a few minutes to sit before you wash away thoroughly for best results.
This eco-friendly disinfectant can be used in multiple areas of the home. Simply combine two teaspoons of Borax with four tablespoons of white vinegar. Pour three full cups of warm to hot water into the mixture and complete the disinfectant with 1/4 teaspoon of castile soap. You can apply it with a soft cloth or pour into a spray bottle for easy use.
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It’s that time of year where love is in the air! If you’re thinking of hosting a Valentine’s get-together at your brand new home in South Side Flats Apartments in Dallas, we have the perfect menu ideas for you. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or a fun-filled get together for all your favorite people, everyone will love these delicious menu items.
Recipes for Your Valentine’s Dinner
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
5 ounces chilled Champagne
Drop the dash of Angostura bitters onto a sugar cube and place in a Champagne flute. Cut a 6″ twist from a lemon and arrange inside a glass. Add chilled Champagne into the glass. Enjoy!
Scallops With Herbed Brown Butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sea scallops
Salt, freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 sprigs of herbs (such as tarragon, lemon thyme, or sage)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown on 1 side for about 3 minutes. Turn scallops and add butter and herbs to pan. Continue cooking, spooning butter over scallops often, until scallops are cooked through and butter is brown and smells nutty, about 3 minutes longer. Add lemon juice. Serve scallops with brown butter pan sauce.
Classic Chocolate Mousse
3/4 cup chilled heavy cream
4 egg yolks, 2 egg whites
1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
6 ounces semisweet chocolate
Beat 1/2 cup cream until stiff peaks form; cover and chill. Combine egg yolks, espresso, salt, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a large metal bowl. Set over a saucepan of simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly until mixture is doubled in volume with a temperature of 160°F.
Remove bowl from pan. Add chocolate; whisk until melted. Let stand, whisking occasionally, until room temperature. Beat egg whites with a mixer in another bowl until foamy. Add remaining sugar and beat until firm peaks form. Fold in egg whites then whipped cream into mixture just to blend.
Add mousse to 4-ounce ramekins. Chill until firm and whisk remaining 1/4 cup cream in a bowl until soft peaks form to serve over mousse.
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you definitely want to add some romance on this big day. You can never go wrong with a homemade Valentine’s Day gift. Still not sure what to craft? Surprise your partner with any of these three DIY Valentine’s gifts.
Bath Bomb Hearts
Probably after the peace of mind and health comes DIY heart-shaped bath bombs. You’ll need quite a number of ingredients including baking soda, citric acid, silicon heart mold, plastic gloves and fine Epsom salt. For the best smell, get a love potion essential oil and scent it.
Check out the ingredients and the tutorial for preparing the bath bombs. Whether you want to make the white vanilla-scented or sweet orange, the process is the same. But this time, you have to use sweet orange essential oil and vanilla body oil. For a large bath bomb, get silicon cupcake baking cups with a heart shape.
Using the bath bombs is straightforward. Simply drop them into the bath for an unforgettable luxurious soak that’ll leave skin soft and fragrant.
Valentine’s Day Custom Glass
When in love, you can do anything to impress your sweetie. Yes, love is so powerful you’ll go to whichever heights to prove to your significant other they mean so much in your life. Does yours involve drawing hearts and scribbling your initials?
An etched Valentine’s glass could fire the things up. For this project, you’ll need items such as etching cream, heart window cling, dollar store glass, and letter stickers.
The process? Start by cutting out the window cling and proceed to add it to the glass together with the stickers. Use the brush to apply the etching and leave it for about a minute. Proceed to wash off the etching cream with soap and water to reveal the etched surface.
Do something different for someone you cherish during this year’s Valentine’s Day. Have you tried making thumbprint heart mason jars? In this project, you’ll need some jars, red, white & pink acrylic paint sandpaper, paintbrush, and clear coat sealant. Get the full tutorial at It All Started With Paint.
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It’s a new year that should be full of new beginnings. Whether you’re looking to be healthier and get in shape, you’re wanting to get more organized in your daily life or you’re simply wanting to spend a bit more quality time with your loved ones, chances are there’s an app for that. As you look forward to achieving all of your personal goals this year, why not give yourself a leg up with a few great apps that are designed to keep you on track. No matter where you use them, they’ll work as a simple reminder to keep going, even when times get tough.
Top 3 Apps to Help Organize Your Life in 2018
Nothing can help to simplify your life and help you to achieve your goals this year than an all-in-one app like IFTTT. Simple to use and perfect for connecting all of your other apps in one great space, the IFTTT app lets you access all of your go-to’s like Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Fitbit and Google Drive in a flash!
Most people can say they’re either an iOS person or an Android person and when it comes to sharing files, that can make things a bit difficult. Luckily, with the easy-to-use and streamlined Dropbox app, you can share files of all different size and types with anyone. That’s right, you can even share files that you upload to Dropbox with people who don’t have an account!
While you may not be a busy Hollywood star or top CEO, having a personal assistant available to help organize your life would be amazing, right? With 24me, you can do almost everything that a personal assistant would do for you from the ease of your phone. Tackle to-do lists, organize important notes, access your calendar, receive billing and more with this amazing app.
Get Your Life on the Right Track
Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions and your big goals for 2018 doesn’t have to be a difficult task when you have the right apps to help keep you organized along the way. Our architecturally significant, modern apartment homes are in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood. For more information about our community or to schedule a tour of our pet-friendly apartments in Dallas, visit the team at South Side Flats today.
Whew! The holidays may be over, but it seems like you’re busier than ever. After all, you’re planning your move to our Dallas apartments, which is taking up the majority of your spare time. You have to pack and there’s so much to do!
Once you settle in, here are three handy time management tips for taking control of your life at work and at home.
1. Take Advantage of Apps
The paper to-do list is such a thing of the past. If you’re the type who’s always forgetting important appointments, events, and other items on your calendar, it’s time to do something about it. Download an app that schedules your events or even a digital calendar where you can keep track of what’s coming up.
2. Make a Deadline and Stick to It
This seems like a basic tip, but how often do you really make deadlines unless they’re already assigned to you by a boss or manager? You don’t even have to be the type who works well under pressure to excel with deadlines. These give you a definitive start and end date to get something done, which keeps you from wasting your time.
3. Let Go of Multitasking
Speaking of wasting time, there are few bigger time-wasters than multitasking. Yes, in a perfect world, we’d all be able to juggle five things at once. You may even be able to do a few tasks at the same time, but are you really giving them your full attention? Probably not. That means it often takes you at least twice as long to finish. Stop multitasking, really.
Now that you know how to make the most of your time, make sure you’re spending it in the right place, such as South Side Flats. Our gorgeous apartments in Dallas put you in the center of the action. You’ll be able to take in all the history and culture of a city you’ll be happy to call home.
Our floor plans offer amenities such as stained concrete floors, spacious closets for shoes and linens, a master bathroom with double sinks and a beautiful bath, pool and courtyard views in most apartments, a breakfast bar, a modernized kitchen with wood-inspired flooring and modern cabinets, LED and pendant lighting throughout, and ceilings up to 14 feet high.
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January is traditionally a time for making resolutions and for new beginnings. It is also National Hobby Month, which makes January the perfect month for finding a new passion or activity to include in your life. Need help choosing a new hobby? No worries. The following are four activities you should definitely try in 2018.
Brew Your Own
Do you love beer? Then why not learn how to brew your own? Believe it or not, the art of brewing your own suds is actually a relatively inexpensive and easy hobby. Brew-your-own kits are available at big box stores or from Internet retailers. In addition, you can also find numerous tutorials online that will show you how to craft your very own brewskis.
Climbing to New Heights
Rock climbing was once a strictly outdoor sport. But in recent years, it has also moved indoors, making the sport much more accessible, even for city dwellers who might live miles away from any natural rock features. Rock climbing, which has become especially popular with millennials, is a sport that will challenge both your body and your mind.
Learn to Cook
If you’re eating most or all of your meals out every day, it may be a good time to learn how to whip up a few dishes on your own. Restaurant food can be overly salty and can also be hard on your budget. There are a number of ways you can learn how to cook, including online video lessons and cookbooks. Some grocery stores and adult education centers also offer culinary classes.
Hit the Yoga Mat
Because yoga incorporates ideas like meditation and mindfulness, this activity is not just great for your body, but also for your mind and spirit. If you’re already practicing yoga, consider trying a different spin on it, such as acro yoga, which combines acrobatics with yoga. Another fun option is goat yoga in which you get to practice with cute little (goat) kids running around.
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Now that winter has begun in earnest, residents of our apartments in Dallas are enjoying classic comfort foods and beverages—and this includes cocktails designed to warm you from the inside out. Following are just four of the many options available for adults seeking something to sip on chilly evenings.
Irish Coffee is a quintessential seasonal cocktail that’s so easy to prepare that it serves as an ideal choice for spontaneous gatherings. Simply make a pot of your strongest coffee, stir in cream and sugar according to personal tastes and preferences, and finish it off with a shot of good Irish whiskey.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum captures the classic flavors of the season—cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and vanilla—and delivers a delicious concoction perfect for sipping on a cold winter evening. This beverage is ideal for planned gatherings such as tree trimming or neighborhood caroling parties. The batter uses butter and the ingredients previously mentioned and can be made ahead of time for ultimate convenience. Many people experiment with other ingredients and wind up with their own personal recipe.
Combine a spoonful of batter and an ounce of spiced rum in a mug with a sugared rim before filling it with hot water.
Classic Hot Toddy
Famous as a cold remedy, hot toddies also make an excellent all-purpose sipping cocktail even when you’re perfectly well—in fact, the vitamin C supplied by the fresh lemon may even act as a preventative measure against seasonal maladies. This one is also conveniently easy to prepare — just combine lemon, honey, whiskey, and hot water. Some hot toddy recipes call for black tea — try it both ways and enjoy the one that hits your personal bullseye.
You’ve probably enjoyed hot apple cider as a kid, so you’ll undoubtedly love the adult version. Choose your favorite hard cider, place it in a saucepan on your stove, add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves, and slowly heat it without allowing it to come to a boil. It doesn’t have to be apple cider — you can use pear or plum as well.
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