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Monday, October 27, 2014

It’s no secret that being productive is hard work!  In fact, some people never reach their full productivity potential because they don’t want to put in the hard work... I understand, being lazy is so much more fun!  However, there are things that productive people do everyday that you can easily do!  So, suppress your inner procrastinator and give some of these tips a try and conquer the world!

Make a List

Yes, this seems like a basic junior high suggestion, but it really does help.  By making a list of what you need to do everyday you can try to attack tasks in a logical order.  You can easily find your most difficult task of the day, attack it first, and then continue on to the next difficult task.  By knowing exactly what you have to do you are dividing your day into to small chunks which helps you to get everything completed.

Have a Morning Routine

A morning routine is a bunch of activities that you do to help yourself.  These activities can include things like yoga, meditation, time with your family, time with your pets, a healthy breakfast, and even a mini dance party.  Doing these things for yourself allows you to clear you head and get ready for the day ahead of you. It is best if this routine happens in the morning, but if that isn't possible then a nightly routine can work as well to help detox you from the day.  My favorite part of my morning routine is singing very loudly along with radio on my way into work.  It helps wake me up and puts me into a great mood for the day!

Impose Personal Deadlines and Stick to Them

One thing about being productive is that people who optimize their productivity set their own deadlines and they stick to them.  People who are super productive are going to look over their personal deadlines every morning and work toward getting things done in that time frame.  You should be ignoring emails, lunch invitations, and other fun things until your deadlines are looked over and met.   

Exercise

There are so many benefits of exercising daily.  Some of these benefits include better physical shape, better focus, and high brain function.  All of these things are going to boost your productivity and help you accomplish what you've set before yourself.  Your workout can happen at any time of day and if you need to refocus just do some light jogging, jumping jacks, or other physical movement to help get your brain moving again.

These are four major things that productive people do everyday to help themselves get focused and get the tuff stuff done. List all your daily tasks and attack them by being in your best head-space. By optimizing your productivity you will be a happier person who has less stress and a new abundance of time to spend with family and friends! 

Check out our current calendar and give yourself a relaxing night after all that hard work!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Best paint and sip with a brew in Dallas:  Join us during any weekday for a fabulous cup of fresh brewed Starbucks coffee, try our donuts, or a fresh chocolate chip cookie, and paint a self guided masterpiece.

Call for more information or drop by and paint.  No reservations needed!

Soon we will have espresso as well!  And, we also have wine and beer for a later in the day Paint and Brew!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Rita took a few minutes to give us some kudos for our Friday night, sold out, painting party! Thanks for the feedback, Rita; we're so happy we could help you have a great night out! Thanks for sharing!

"A group of my co-workers, my daughter and I attended the 7:00pm session last Friday night.  We had such a great time.  The ladies in charge of the evening made it so much fun and we brought home a work of art!  I thought it was well organized and allowed us time to not only paint, but take a nice break when we could nibble, sip and chat.  A perfect evening.  Thank you so much!!"

This may come as a shocker to most of you, but I am a total introvert!  Art is an awesome form of expression.  It can also relieve stress, be relaxing, and rather therapeutic.  Painting is also a great way to practice self-expression, which is valuable not only for extroverts who are already very expressive both physically and verbally, but also introverts who may not find it so easy to express themselves outwardly.

Painting Your Inner World

If you are an introvert, you know that introverts have rich inner worlds that not many people may not have the chance to see. You are often daydreaming, reminiscing on old memories, or making plans for the future. Trust me, there's a lot of awesomeness happening in my brain all the time!  When you look inside and paint the world you see within yourself, painting can help you express yourself in a way that others can see and enjoy. You may paint your inner world in the form of a lush landscape, a colorful abstract scene, or a creative self-portrait. No matter the form the painting takes, it will speak volumes about your thoughts, feelings and personality.

Sharing Your Inner World

Paintings have always been great conversation pieces, and this rings true more than ever when it is a painting you have personally created. The medium of art can help you understand and express thoughts and feelings you might not have had the words or confidence to share otherwise. Just the act of letting your imagination wander as you meditatively plan and apply each brush stroke to paper or canvas will help you reach a state of peace and warmth that will radiate outward from within.

To get started with your painting, you may choose to paint by yourself. You could also join an art class to start painting and interacting with other creative individuals. Once you find a comfortable and accepting space where others are happy to join you in creative expression through painting, it will be easy to share your art as they share theirs. Whether you are painting alone or with others, when you have finished a painting, you can share it with someone else, listen to their interpretations, and let them ask you questions about what it means to you.

The more positive experiences you have expressing yourself through painting, the easier it will become to keep expressing yourself in the future, whether it is with classmates, close family and friends, or people you are meeting for the first time. Self-expression is one of the greatest joys of life, and whether you are an extrovert or an introvert, painting is one of the most enjoyable forms self-expression can take.

Want to paint with us?  Check out our calendar!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

You may feel that co-workers are just fellow employees that just happen to work at the same business, but this is not completely true. Getting to know your co-workers will help to make you a better worker and allow the business to flourish as a result. Working relationships matter and it is important to make your co-workers a priority. This means that you have to take an interest in their lives and form a real relationship. You will be surprised by the result of building relationships with co-workers.

Your Productivity is Tied to Theirs

It is easy to think that you are only responsible for yourself, but to some extent your productivity is directly linked to your co-workers. This means that you do not work solely by yourself.  Your productivity effects theirs and vice versa.  Team work matters and this is made much easier if you have a real relationship away from work. If you know a bit about your co-workers it is easier to communicate and meet goals.

Friction Has a Negative Impact

If you do not try even a little bit to know the people that you work with this can lead to friction quickly. Friction has the ability to create a negative work environment that is not conducive to productivity and does not allow you to achieve your maximum potential. If you are looking to have peace of mind and cohesiveness in the workplace, it is vital that you make an effort to get to know others. Just trying a little bit will go a long way to make a good impression with the people that you work with on a daily basis.

Friendly Not Best Friends

Getting to know your co-workers does not mean that you have to become best buddies and spend every waking minute away from the office together. All you have to do is try to build a friendly relationship that isn’t completely focused around work. Being friendly acquaintances will be enough to allow the atmosphere in the workplace to be optimal. Not all personalities are compatible, but it is possible to remain friendly with the people that you work with closely. If you put a priority on fostering work relationships you will see your joy for work increase and all aspects of your life will improve as a result. 


Team-Builders and Fun Nights out are a great way to get to know your co-workers!  And we do both! 

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