Five Tips to Make Your Desk Space More Efficient

Picture 2Day in and day out, many of us spend our time sitting at a desk. This little space consisting of a desk, chair, and perhaps a cubicle wall or two is where we are expected to do our best work; where we are to create, solve problems, and keep ahead of deadlines. Even if you have your own corner office, at the end of the day it’s often the desk area itself where you spend most of your time. Here are a few tips to make your workspace as effective as possible.

Keep it Clean

It’s difficult to get work done when your mind is cluttered, and a desk is often a projection of what’s inside our minds. Cleaning off your desk doesn’t mean magically accomplishing all of the work that’s piling up, but it does neatening up all those piles. Get a filing cabinet or a shelf to sit things on. No matter what it takes, keep your desk area, and your mind, as clean and uncluttered as possible.

Rethink the Desk Chair

While some people may find sitting in a chair ideal, it isn’t the only way to be at your desk. Maybe you would be more alert if your raised your desk higher and stood instead? Maybe sitting on an exercise ball is the best way to get your creative juices flowing. Even if a traditional chair is right for you, make sure you have a comfortable one that gives good back support – there’s nothing like an aching back to take away your focus.

Add Color

Few things add energy like a few bursts of color. Pick colors that inspire you, and add them to your workspace in any way you can. If you aren’t able to do something dramatic like painting the walls, adding some colorful accents to your desk, or a bright painting to a wall. Color will brighten up a boring space and get those creative juices flowing. Read the rest of this entry »


Julian Treasure: 5 Ways to Listen Better

How many times have you walked out of a business meeting and realized that you can only recall less than half of what was said? How often have you walked away from a conversation and wished you could remember what they had just told you? Have you ever had a debate with a co-worker over whether or not something was explicitly explained? These common workplace occurrences are the result of our declining listening skills. Now that information is so often conveyed through a written email or text, and answers can be looked up at any moment via the internet app of a phone, our listening skills are hitting a decline. But listening is still critically important tool in our everyday lives.

In his talk, Julian Treasure states, “I believe that every human being needs to listen consciously in order to live fully.” Without strong listening skills, we have miscommunications, we are forced to repeat information over and over and miss out on critical subtleties in exchanges. Listening connects us to the here and now; it roots us to the world around us. Take a moment and listen carefully to his reasoning of why we need to listen more, and how we can take steps to do it better.


Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership

Drew Dudley starts this talk with a hard question, “How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?” So many times in life and in business, I have seen great moments of brilliance, great moments of leadership from people on my team and from clients. Many of these people though would never call themselves leaders. We’ve come to a place where many of us equate leadership with a specific title: CEO, President, Vice President, etc. But the truth is that leadership can from anyone, anytime. In my business, I allow my employees to create their own job titles. This practice gives them the freedom to think and act outside the box and it gives them the powerful opportunity to acknowledge publicly what makes them so special.
In his talk, Dudley quotes Marianne Williamson who said, “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, and not our darkness, that frightens us.” Dudley espouses, and I concur, that we need to recognize that leadership is often found in small moments that impact others, that change the way another person thinks or feels. Take a moment and think about how your life would change if you embraced your small moments of leadership.


Tim Leberecht: 3 ways to (usefully) lose control of your brand

In this Ted Talk, Tim Leberecht states that “Companies are losing control.”  He goes on to say that, “At the end of the day, as hyperconnectivity and transparency expose companies’ behavior in broad daylight, staying true to their true selves is the only sustainable value proposition.”  This is a tenet that I keep at the forefront of my business. It is my belief that by strategically building my business around democracy in the workplace, and a pursuit for honest, intelligent design that I could create an environment for creative and technical geniuses to work, play and grow together. In doing so, our team is able to serve clients in a world-class manner in the field of design, consulting and website development and social media.  At Integritive, we constantly strive to be better ourselves and our interactions with our clients and to serve them with respect and integrity.




Thomas Suarez: Writing a iPhone App

Thomas Suarez, a then sixth grader, joins Ted Talk to share his experience of creating apps for the iPhone. With the support of his family and friends, Thomas has started a app club at his school.  You can find his company at CarrotCorp.com or download his app, Bustin Jieber.   He is eager to share his knowledge with others, including his teachers.  Keep up the creativity Thomas!