Who loves their Sharpie?

Have you ever needed to write a note, label a gift or address a package, but wouldn’t do so unless it was with your favorite Sharpie? If you are a Sharpie marker lover you what I am talking about. There’s something about decorating a piece of paper with your favorite colored Sharpie and the way it writes when you glide the tip on the paper that just makes you happy. You also know that you’d find any excuse to use your favorite Sharpie. We found this article below on...

Have you ever needed to write a note, label a gift or address a package, but wouldn’t do so unless it was with your favorite Sharpie? If you are a Sharpie marker lover you what I am talking about. There’s something about decorating a piece of paper with your favorite colored Sharpie and the way it writes when you glide the tip on the paper that just makes you happy. You also know that you’d find any excuse to use your favorite Sharpie. We found this article below on 20 Sharpie Projects Perfect for the Holidays we had to share. Not only are these projects worth Pinning, but they are absolutely worth trying for yourself! Once you decided which project or projects you’re going to tackle this holiday season, head over to Mobilegear.com! This month’s sale page is full of Sharpies on sale for all at least 40 to 50% off!  This post originally brought to you by Sharpie®.  15-Minute Gift Idea: Sharpie Candles DIY Geometric Pouch  Faux Gilded Votive Cups    99 Cent Store Mug Makeover Decorated Gift Wrap  His & Hers Mugs  (Tip: use Oil Based Sharpies for permanent results on mugs and dishes!) Sharpie Decorated Ornaments    Sharpie Tie Dye  Tea Towels via Setting for Four – this is also a great way to transfer your kid’s artwork to a tea towel for Grandma! Christmas Verse Sign  Sharpie Decorated Baggies Chair Makeover  Sharpie Embellished Lamp  Silver Sharpie Pencil Cup  Sharpie Bag  Sharpie Phone Case  Holiday Pillows Love Letter Lampshade    Burlap & Sharpie Banner Sharpie Lampshade  Sharpie Tile Wall...

Double your success!

Here’s what successful people do at the start of every workday How you spend your first few minutes at work every morning can largely determine how productive and effective you’ll be the rest of the day. That’s why the most successful people have set morning routines that they follow to ensure they start the day off right. Here are 16 things the most successful people do in the first 10 minutes of their workday: 1. They reflect. Achieving your best results requires you to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going....

Here’s what successful people do at the start of every workday How you spend your first few minutes at work every morning can largely determine how productive and effective you’ll be the rest of the day. That’s why the most successful people have set morning routines that they follow to ensure they start the day off right. Here are 16 things the most successful people do in the first 10 minutes of their workday: 1. They reflect. Achieving your best results requires you to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. Successful people build in quiet time and solitude o this first thing every morning. What better way to drown out the noise than with the Scosche thudBUDS Noise Isolation Sport Earbuds on your morning commute? 2. They pause. If you walk into a tumultuous situation with phones ringing and people crowding to see you every morning, take a minute to center yourself and be fully present before you jump into the day. 3. They get comfortable. Your day will go more smoothly if you have an ergonomic environment that’s functional. Successful people start the day by making sure their chair adjusted properly and the items they frequently access are all in comfortable reach. Make sure you are comfortable every time you sit down with the Kensington Halfback Back Support Chair Pad.  4. They organize. Not being able to find things is a huge office time waster. Facing a clean (or cleaner) slate on your desk and desktop will better clear your mind for the day’s tasks. Start organizing by filing away your important papers in the Smead Expanding 12 Pocket Folder.  5. They stretch and move. They stretch and get their circulation going before they get into a sedentary sitting position, and take a few short walks around the office throughout the morning. 6. They prioritize. Successful people put the most important tasks first. Though the most critical projects are easy to put off first thing in the morning, your energy is strongest then, so that’s the ideal time to confront them. 7. They visualize success. By envisioning the positive outcomes of various projects at hand you can work backward and determine the necessary steps to get your desired results. 8. They map out their day. Successful people review their calendars to assess if anything needs changing or rearranging with how their day is planned and to see if there’s any preparatory work that might need scheduling in before a call or meeting. 9. They help others. Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, says adopting a service mindset can reduce stress and raise job satisfaction because it displaces the object of attention from oneself. 10. They expect distractions. We all face some of the same distractions at the start of the day, and recognizing them is the first step to mitigating them....

Take a stand!

The White House is ordering up to $700,000 of standing desks — here’s why you should consider getting one, too Originally posted on BusinessInsider.com by Julia Gifford The highest office in the land is taking up standing desks. In late September, the White House officially requested up to $700,000 worth of standing desks.  GovExec uncovered a public solicitation from the Executive Office of the President, in which the administration outlined in detail the kinds of desk equipment they want (“Varidesk brand name or equal”).  If you’re wondering whether you too should take a stand, here...

The White House is ordering up to $700,000 of standing desks — here’s why you should consider getting one, too Originally posted on BusinessInsider.com by Julia Gifford The highest office in the land is taking up standing desks. In late September, the White House officially requested up to $700,000 worth of standing desks.  GovExec uncovered a public solicitation from the Executive Office of the President, in which the administration outlined in detail the kinds of desk equipment they want (“Varidesk brand name or equal”).  If you’re wondering whether you too should take a stand, here are a few advantages of standing rather than sitting at work: A reduced risk of obesity. People who are “fidgety,” researchers say, tend to be thinner than those who stay still all day. A lower risk of metabolic problems and cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that sitting for too long can mess up your body’s metabolism of sugar and fat, which can contribute to diabetes and heart disease. A reduced risk of cancer for women. Though it’s unclear how exactly sitting increases the risk of cancer, it’s possible that sitting for too long decreases metabolism, and may have an effect on body fat and estrogen levels, all of which may be linked to the development of some cancers. A lower long-term mortality risk, presumably because you’re less likely to die from issues like diabetes and cancer. One study found that if Americans limited their sitting to just three hours per day, life expectancy could increase by two years. Increased productivity and focus. One study found that people were 10% more productive when they used a standing desk compared to when they were sitting. Participants in the study noted that they found it easier to concentrate when they were standing. The White House’s request comes at an interesting point in the standing-desk craze: They’re common enough that most offices have at least a few workers using them, but not so ordinary that people know what proper standing-desk “etiquette” is.  For example, The New York Times recently ran stories called “What to Wear at a Standing Desk” and “How to Use a Standing Desk Without Annoying Your Coworkers.” (Heels are a hindrance and underwear is a must, according to standing-desk aficionados interviewed by The Times.)  As one publishing consultant quoted in the latter Times article said, standing desks are “still viewed as being somewhat dorky.” But it’s possible that standing desks could become more mainstream now that Barack Obama’s jumped on the bandwagon. Workers might be more likely to request that their employers provide them with standing desks and companies might be more inclined to grant their requests. In the meantime, if you want to get a standing desk of your own Mobilegear has them ready for you! Iceberg ARC Sit-to-Stand Rectangular Table Iceberg ARC Sit-to-Stand Oval Table   Shop more Iceberg...

What’s in your briefcase?

Traffic jams happen, trains get delayed, and the weather can be unpredictable some days. A few handy commuter essentials, a portable battery pack for when your phone suddenly loses its charge or headphones to drown out distracting conversations, will make all the difference when you’re en route to the office though. As it stands, your workbag’s got your laptop, wallet, and smartphone neatly tucked in there. If you still need to buy a briefcase or messenger bag to hold your stuff, we’ve got you covered on that front, too. We love this SOLO brand Expresso colored, leather Brief Case! At...

Traffic jams happen, trains get delayed, and the weather can be unpredictable some days. A few handy commuter essentials, a portable battery pack for when your phone suddenly loses its charge or headphones to drown out distracting conversations, will make all the difference when you’re en route to the office though. As it stands, your workbag’s got your laptop, wallet, and smartphone neatly tucked in there. If you still need to buy a briefcase or messenger bag to hold your stuff, we’ve got you covered on that front, too. We love this SOLO brand Expresso colored, leather Brief Case! At $149 it not only looks great it is a great deal!  Because, it’s always better to have what you need when you need it we’ve highlighted 7 of Mobilegear’s product suggestions to go along with Business Insider’s list of 13 things every man needs to carry in his briefcase.          1. A good, cheap pair of headphones …like these Maxell earbuds with a Microphone!   2. A lightning or micro-USB to USB cable We recommend 1 cable with both Micro USB and Lightning Cable…it’s awesome from Scosche! 3. A portable battery pack This Verbatim mobile battery pack has dual USB ports so you can charge more than 1 device at a time!  Twice as nice. 4. A pocket journal Love this innovative way to keep notes. Get a 5 Pack from Mobilegear. 5. A package of pocket tissues, because it’s cold and flu season We agree with this one..8 pack from Kleenex, but at $4.25 we love our price even better! 6. An e-reader Got to have color, color, color…this Samsung tablet is powerful and fun! 7. A USB flash drive This Verbatim is 3.0 speed so its fast! And at 16GB its twice as much storage room…plus you will never lose the cap as it retracts. Happy travels! Your Mobilegear...

Maximize productivity by taking a break!

You’re busy. Who isn’t? From the time you wake up in the morning your to-do list is calling your name, but what about your “just for you” list? Don’t have one? Most people don’t. However, it is time you make one.  Constantly being on the move or working through a day may seem productive, but we are actually burning ourselves out by not allowing our minds and bodies a chance to simply take a break. The article below explains two important points about when we should be taking a...

You’re busy. Who isn’t? From the time you wake up in the morning your to-do list is calling your name, but what about your “just for you” list? Don’t have one? Most people don’t. However, it is time you make one.  Constantly being on the move or working through a day may seem productive, but we are actually burning ourselves out by not allowing our minds and bodies a chance to simply take a break. The article below explains two important points about when we should be taking a break during the work day and what we should be doing. If you have seen the recent car commercial on TV that starts off by saying, “when did leaving work on time become an act of courage” and found yourself asking yourself that same question, then maybe it’s time to start with allowing yourself a little break. We are not robots which means we need a rest every now and then. Read the article below on how to start giving yourself the rest you need in a day so that you can work more productively and maybe even leave the office by 5:00!   Here’s the best time to take a coffee break for maximum productivity originally posted on BusinessInsider.com by Shana Lebowitz You might feel like a slacker if you duck out for a cup of coffee just two hours after arriving at the office.  But should your boss question your work ethic, tell her you’re acting in the interest of your own productivity. That’s according to new research, which found that mid-morning breaks are significantly more restorative than mid-afternoon ones. 1. Mid-morning breaks are significantly more restorative than mid-afternoon ones. A study, led by Emily Hunter, Ph.D., and Cindy Wu, Ph.D., at Baylor University, was based on surveys of 95 employees, who were asked to record their daily well-being and break activities throughout a five-day workweek. Breaks were defined as any period of time during the workday in which work tasks were not required or expected — so lunch, coffee, and socializing with coworkers were all included. Results showed that the more time that had passed since the beginning of the workday, the less useful a break was. Breaks taken earlier in the day were more likely to replenish resources, including energy, concentration, and motivation. That’s likely because, at least among those who sit in front of a computer all day, those resources are at their highest soon after you wake up, and gradually diminish throughout the day. So it’s easier to restore your resources when you take a break closer to the start of the workday. 2. Do something YOU like to do. In other words, making some headway on...

You’re stressing out your smartphone!

How is it that every time we upgrade to that new iPhone or Android model, the battery life is worse than the last phone we owned. Why is that?It turns out we have been charging our smartphones wrong. Most people think that it’s best to wait to charge a phone when its battery life is almost drained. That couldn’t be more wrong.In fact, a site from battery company Cadex called Battery University details how the lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones are sensitive to their own versions of “stress.” And, like for humans, extended...

How is it that every time we upgrade to that new iPhone or Android model, the battery life is worse than the last phone we owned. Why is that?It turns out we have been charging our smartphones wrong. Most people think that it’s best to wait to charge a phone when its battery life is almost drained. That couldn’t be more wrong.In fact, a site from battery company Cadex called Battery University details how the lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones are sensitive to their own versions of “stress.” And, like for humans, extended stress could be damaging your smartphone battery’s long-term lifespan.  If you want to keep your smartphone battery in top condition and go about your day without worrying about battery life, you need to change a few things. 1. Don’t keep it plugged in when it’s fully charged According to Battery University, leaving your phone plugged in when it’s fully charged, like you might overnight, is bad for the battery in the long run. Once your smartphone has reached 100% charge, it gets “trickle charges” to keep it at 100% while plugged in. It keeps the battery in a high-stress, high-tension state, which wears down the chemistry within. Battery University goes into a bunch of scientific detail explaining why, but it also sums it nicely: “When fully charged, remove the battery” from its charging device. “This is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise.” You too would be pretty miserable if you worked out nonstop for hours and hours. 2. In fact, try not to charge it to 100% At least when you don’t have to. According to Battery University, “Li-ion does not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery” and wears it away in the long run.  That might seem counter-intuitive if you’re trying to keep your smartphone charged all day, but just plug it in whenever you can during the day, and you’ll be fine.  3. Plug in your phone whenever you can It turns out that the batteries in our smartphones are much happier if you charge them occasionally throughout the day instead of plugging them in for a big charging session when they’re empty. Charging your phone when it loses 10% of its charge would be the best-case scenario, according to Battery University. Obviously, that’s not practical for most people, so just plug in your smartphone whenever you can. It’s fine to plug and unplug it multiple times a day. Not only does this keep your smartphone’s battery performing optimally for longer, but it also keeps it topped up throughout the day.  Plus, periodic top-ups also let you use features you might not normally...

Alert: Your Computer Needs A Break

Do you ever find yourself wondering whether your computer has a high-speed operating system inside it or an army of snails because of the speed it runs at? Our computers are basically our second self. They store all the information that we can’t remember into their hard drive and help us create, stream, and work from basically anywhere. Just like us, computers can get overworked, and sometimes, they just have to much on their plate. Now, we know that the 500 pictures you have saved on your computer from last...

Do you ever find yourself wondering whether your computer has a high-speed operating system inside it or an army of snails because of the speed it runs at? Our computers are basically our second self. They store all the information that we can’t remember into their hard drive and help us create, stream, and work from basically anywhere. Just like us, computers can get overworked, and sometimes, they just have to much on their plate. Now, we know that the 500 pictures you have saved on your computer from last summer vacation are very important to you and you can’t live without the five games that you downloaded, but all these things add up to a lot of memory. It’s true that a picture is worth 1,000 words, but it’s also worth many GB’s as well. As you keep downloading and saving things onto your computer, it slowly gets…well slower. Eventually, your hard drive is going to turn against you until you clean up all the information stored on it. But don’t fear, you don’t have to delete everything you hold dear, something as simple as saving things onto another device or buying another external hard drive can easily speed up your computer and get it up and running again! Just check out this article to see exactly how. 7 Reasons Your Computer is Running Slowly originally posted on Purewow.com SAY GOODBYE TO SPINNING PINWHEELS You know what sucks? That moment when you’re all “Hurry, hurry,” and your computer is like “Chillax…I’m gonna take my time here.” Here, the seven reasons it’s running so slowly–and what you can do about it. YOU’RE RUNNING AN OLD OS When you get a little pop-up saying it’s time to upgrade your operating system, don’t ignore it. Here’s why: Manufacturers are constantly fixing computer and software bugs to help things run a bit more smoothly, so you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t download the upgrade. Just be sure to back up your machine before you start. YOUR PHOTOS ARE SLOWING YOUR ROLL You’ve got how many digital pics? 42,000? Yeah, your hard drive may be outta room, which can make things crazy slow. Try not to let it get to that point by regularly monitoring the total storage and taking small steps to free up space like emptying your trash can or uninstalling old, unused applications. As for those photos, invest in an external hard drive or, better yet, upload them to a cloud-based service like Dropbox or Google Photos. A NEIGHBOR IS PIRATING YOUR WI-FI Two words: Password protect. You’d be surprised how easy it is for someone to tap into your network, start streaming Netflix and cause that spinning pinwheel of death to appear. To find...

What kind of leader are you?

How many of you go to work in the morning hoping that your boss is in a bad mood? More than likely you hope for the opposite.  We want the person we answer to in a good mood and to be positive so that we can communicate with him or her to get a better outcome. Going into an office and having your the person in charge always in an unhappy mood is not something most people look forward to. The article below shares with us a new study...

How many of you go to work in the morning hoping that your boss is in a bad mood? More than likely you hope for the opposite.  We want the person we answer to in a good mood and to be positive so that we can communicate with him or her to get a better outcome. Going into an office and having your the person in charge always in an unhappy mood is not something most people look forward to. The article below shares with us a new study which has found that a main factor in someone being an effective leader is happiness. The happier a person is, the more likely they are to do a better job at positively influencing others. If you think about, this really is a simple idea. A leader who is happy will approach even the most confrontational of situations with an open mind and calm temperament. When we see leaders who appear unhappy or always act defensive, there can be hesitation to turn to them for guidance. Keep in mind, this study is not suggesting that every leader whether a company President or the President of the United States should want to sign show tunes and paint rainbows all day long. There is a always a need for a leader to be stern and combative in certain situations in order to make the best decision for the greater good. However, if a leader is able to express emotions of happiness, those who look to this person for answers and assistance will hopefully reciprocate this attitude. The results will in turn equal a work place or community where even unpopular decision are accepted with better understanding and a feeling of wanting to work better and harder. A new study finds a key component of effective leadership is surprisingly simple Originally published on BusinessInsider.com by Shana Lebowitz Typically, when we envision successful leaders, we think of people who are charismatic, who know how to take control of a room, and who are comfortable in positions of power. In fact, research suggests that extroversion is generally a strong predictor of successful leadership. Yet a new analysis of 25 studies, led by Dana Joseph, Ph.D., at the University of Central Florida, complicates the idea that simply being outgoing is enough to make you an outstanding leader. Now, researchers say that positivity is key: Generally happy people make better leaders than Debbie Downers. The analysis zeroed in on the relationship between trait positivity (or the general tendency to respond positively to situations) and several leadership criteria, including leadership effectiveness. According to the findings, trait positivity was an even better predictor of effective leadership than extroversion or neuroticism (emotional instability). 11% of the variance in leadership effectiveness...

Emily’s back-to-college must-have list

Along with your acceptance letter there are some must-have college essentials you need to pack up before heading back to school this month. As a first time college student this process is new to me. Should I be packing up my entire wardrobe? How many pens are too many? If you’re like me you’ve texting your new roommate dividing up who is bringing what for the dorm room. There is a lot to think about and consider when preparing to head to college, whether it’s your first year or last....

Along with your acceptance letter there are some must-have college essentials you need to pack up before heading back to school this month. As a first time college student this process is new to me. Should I be packing up my entire wardrobe? How many pens are too many? If you’re like me you’ve texting your new roommate dividing up who is bringing what for the dorm room. There is a lot to think about and consider when preparing to head to college, whether it’s your first year or last. College life involves sharing a not-so-big space with new people, not to mention dealing with the stress of starting new classes, figuring out a major, finding a way to pay for those textbooks and learning that you actually can miss your siblings. So in an effort to start off college on the right foot I decided to shop for my back to college essentials at Mobilegear! I found twenty-eight of the most important items on my list and checked them off one by one. With the help of Mobilegear I have been able to prepare for move-in day. I thought I would share my finds with all of you and inspire you to shop my back to college dorm room page. Hopefully you find some of your new favorite dorm room must-haves at Mobilegear as well. Once you’ve checked off these items, a TV and refrigerator the only question left is, who’s bringing the popcorn? Oh, and if you’re not the college student, but instead you’re a parent or family member trying to prepare your child for the college life, pass this on.  Believe me, they’ll appreciate it!   I had to have this Pink 5×8 Locking Zipper Pouch from Vaultz. I can put my important items in here and know they are safe! Even a laptop gets tired and overheated after hours of homework! That’s why I bought the Cool Channel Notebook Platform to protect my laptop from heat. I must have three cords for every one device I own. That’s why the Skooba Cable Stable Roll-Up with Zipper Closure comes in handy. It keeps all my cords in one place! I have been a student long enough to know that my work load is only going to get bigger. Which means I need more memory. The Store ‘n’ Go USB 2.0 Flash Drive from Verbatim is going to be my hub for all those papers!   These are only a few of the items I think you need to take to college with you! Keep shopping and find what you need! Your Mobilegear Team...