For the Love of Coffee

Coffee is deemed by most Americans as more than a mere commodity. It’s considered a necessity. In fact, the average American spends over $1000 in coffee consumption per year. That’s a lot of coffee drinkin’! Coffee has been a feel-good, taste-good beverage for hundreds of years. However, it was not always as acceptable to consume as it is now. When coffee first made its debut into the Western world, it was initially met with skepticism. In some places, even the morality of drinking coffee was questioned. That is, until Pope Clement VII took a swig and put his seal of approval on the hot new beverage. Still in some countries, coffee was slow to be looked upon by leaders as “ok.” Like in Sweden. Coffee first arrived in Sweden sometime around 1674 but was used very little until the turn of the 18th century. Then it became in vogue among the wealthy. But, in 1746, an edict was issued by King Gustav III against coffee and tea due to “the misuse and excesses of tea and coffee drinking”. (What would ‘ole Gustav III think of us now days!?) Heavy taxes were levied on consumption. Failure to pay the tax resulted in fines and confiscation of cups and dishes. Later, coffee was banned completely. But, despite the ban, consumption continued. Convicts were forced to drink while watched by doctors to see who dies. It didn’t work. And, eventually, coffee became accepted. Now, we coffee drinkers can enjoy our favorite beverage without …

A Fresh, New Season

With Spring comes the sense of freshness, celebration, excitement as the promise of warmer weather and new life begins to slowly unfold, and a desire to start clean again as we see the world around us doing the same. This month, we’ll be featuring some great products to help you refresh, reset and start clean again. Everything from organization to cleaning supplies, we have what you need to get things in order for a new start. We’ll also be highlighting green products in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and special deals that will help you save some green! We think you’ll feel pretty lucky to cash in on current rebates and offers, some of which will also be featured this month. As we look forward to the newness that Spring brings, we want to share the following quotes to bring some inspiration to your day! “A fresh start isn’t a new place, it’s a new mindset.” -Unknown

Lessons Learned from 2020

2020. It felt like three years wrapped in one to many. Others felt it flew by. Some business continued to prosper in the crazy “new-normal-that’s-not-really-normal” brought on with the introduction of COVID. Other businesses struggled. Some had to close completely. As a company, we were thankful to be considered essential, to continue being able to help our customers navigate the murky waters of something none of us had ever faced before, meeting their needs and providing solutions for their businesses to continue to run safely and keep their people employed. But when we heard of customers, friends and neighbors, whose temporary closings ended up becoming permanent, our hearts were grieved. Together with the rest of the world, we were all brought face to face with the reality of life’s frailty and uncertainty, something we had been taking for granted before. As we look back on 2020 and look forward to 2021, let’s try to remember the lessons we’ve learned during the past year, taking them into this new year, and hopefully living wiser, happier and more hopeful lives. Here are a few lessons we feel are worth remembering: Nothing is guaranteed. Things can change very quickly, and things that we had thought would never change did. We aren’t promised tomorrow, and certainly not a tomorrow that will be just the same as today. Since nothing is guaranteed, we should take nothing for granted. Enjoy and be thankful for every moment, every friendship, every family member, every little thing. You sometimes …

A Cup of Cheer

It’s already been said, but this has been a tough year for everyone. People are ready for a bit of reprieve and some joy to relieve the stress of the uncertainties and restraints that have been weighing us all down in one way or another. Whether or not it’s been said with words, our actions have displayed we need a little Christmas. This year not only are stores marketing for Christmas early, but we’ve seen friends and neighbors start decorating for Christmas earlier than ever before- some people even decorating who never really decorated in the past! We’re all getting in line for that “cup of cheer” that Burle Ives sang about in “Holly, Jolly Christmas.” So, in response to that, and in the spirit of the season, we wanted to come up with some ideas for handing out cups of cheer and enjoying some warm mugs of your own, as well! Some of these ideas are more geared toward your community, while others are geared towards friends, and still others towards you and your families. But we think that all of these “cups of cheer” will help you to forget your own troubles, at least for a while, and have a hollier, jollier Christmas. 1. Decorate! (If you haven’t already.) Decorating and stringing lights not only brings cheer to you and your family, but everyone who goes by your house will feel their spirits lift when they see a festive display. It doesn’t have to be a huge display, …

Thankfulness

Needless to say, this year has been quite a wild ride for all of us. None of us entered into 2020 thinking that it would take such a drastic turn. Stress and frustration levels for many have risen as we’ve faced unexpected challenges from something that we’ve had little to no control over. There have been fears for the present and fears for the future in the wake of a pandemic that still carries somewhat of a sense of ambiguity with it and makes for continued uncertainty. Not to mention riots and unrest throughout our nation. With all these events compiling added stress in our personal lives and places of employment, how can we navigate through these uneasy waters and make it through to the other side without developing a dark outlook on life and work? How do we keep these things from closing in around us and casting a dark cloud over our home, work and mental environment? Embrace thankfulness. According to studies conducted by the University of Southern California, along with an article by Amy Morin in Psychology Today, thankfulness, or gratitude, seems to be linked with health and stress relief. Not only that, but gratitude can have a lasting positive effect on the brain and encourage the development of resilience, even after a traumatic experience. Perhaps you would not rate the events of this year and how they’ve affected you as “traumatic.” But then again, maybe you would. Regardless of our circumstances, thankfulness can help us to …

7 questions to help you decide

Chair Mats: aren’t they just another unnecessary expense? 7 questions to help you decide If you’re anything like me, you’d rather not spend money on something you don’t really need. You have to know why you need it, determine if it’s a true need or an artificial “need,” and if it’s something that you can continue to live happily without, even if everyone else considers it a necessity. Maybe you don’t relate to that and are already convinced I must be a stick-in-the-mud. Please keep reading anyway- you’ll still benefit from the information I’m going to share! Because of this reluctancy of mine to part with hard-earned dollars, I’ve often wondered, what’s the big deal about chair mats? Why do I need one? Is it really necessary to have one, or does that fall in the category of products that “feel” helpful, whether they truly are or not, and therefore there is a market for them? (The popcorn bowl that filters out un-popped kernels comes to mind right now. Yes, it’s a fun concept, but is it really beneficial enough for me to give up the bucks for it? Nope. Besides, I like to eat the kernels occasionally, too.) It may sound silly that I’ve questioned the necessity of chair mats, especially since I work for an office supply company that sells chair mats. But just because I work in the office doesn’t mean that I’m an expert on all the products we offer. After hearing so much about chair …

Pet Costume Contest!

It has been an interesting year for all of us so far. Sometimes, in the middle of all the craziness, you just gotta brighten things up a bit and have a little fun! Which is why we are super excited to announce our FIRST EVER Pet Costume Contest!   First prize wins 8lbs of assorted chocolates!   Second place wins 4lbs assorted chocolates   Third place wins 55 packs assorted M&M’s How to enter: Send us a picture of your pet, along with your name, and the name of your company. (Pictures may be sent to us via email, mail, or by posting them on Facebook and tagging @MyOfficeEtc on the photo/post.) Rules: Only one pet picture per contestant. All entries must be received by midnight on October 26th. Winners will be announced on October 29th. If sending your photo via email, send to customerservice@myofficeetc.com If mailing your picture, send to the following address, My Office Etc. 671 Academy Ct, Unit C Windsor, CO 80550 Get creative and let’s have some fun!

Reducing Office Spend

You probably heard it from your parents as a teenager, “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” While some may still be trying to wrap their minds around this revolutionary concept, most of us as adults have finally gotten the message and are now trying to drill it into the heads of our own kids. We’ve grown up, taken on responsibility and have learned this fact for ourselves- maybe even through the school of hard knocks. We now better understand the value of money, and, hopefully, the importance of saving and making sure that our monthly spend doesn’t exceed our monthly income. However, with the hit of COVID-19, making sure that the dollar amount coming in for us and the businesses we either own or work for is greater than the dollars going out has become an increasing challenge. With many businesses in a state of slow recovery, cash flow is tight, and both employees and employers alike are having to look for ways to save money wherever they can. If you are looking for ways to cut costs in your workplace here are three simple ideas that you can start implementing immediately. Power Down This probably seems like a no-brainer, but turning off machinery, computers, fans, coffee makers, etc. can have a significant impact on your energy bills. In addition, programing the air conditioner, and in cold weather months the heater, to run less during the hours your business is closed can also save you a pretty chunk of change. Brand …

Invest in your Community

What is your favorite thing about your community? Is it the friendliness of the people? The fact that you grew up there? The nostalgic feel of the little restaurant that a couple just opened up in an old building downtown? Or maybe the store that’s been owned by the same family for 15+ years and whenever you walk in you are greeted by your first name? Are there improvements you’d like to see happen in your community? Better roads or funding for schools? Nicer parks? Regardless of your answer, the fact is that you care about where you live. You want to see your neighborhood thrive as a safe and prosperous place. You want to see that the children in your area have a safe and pleasant place to grow-up before they make their debut into the world. You know you love your community and you want to support it in whatever way you can. We’ve all heard the popular “Go Local”, “Shop Local”, “Buy Local”, mantras promoting the growth of local, independently owned businesses. But what difference does that really make? Isn’t shopping at those businesses about the same as shopping at national chains? Not anywhere close! It seems that according to studies, the impact is greater than what might be imagined, and the results over time can be better than we think- not just for the local business owners, but for us and our communities, too. Did you know that when you spend money at a local business, …

Work from Home

While many are slowly returning back to the workplace after being in quarantine for the last three months, there are still many of us who continue to work from home either indefinitely or, now permanently, as companies weigh best solutions for continued operation. Though some employees may have taken to working from home like a duck to water, many of us are still struggling to find a rhythm that keeps us focused and productive, while at the same time meeting our vital needs for rest, human connection, and a healthy work/life balance. With a desire to help you through these special work-from-home challenges, here are some guidelines for staying on track and remaining sane: 1. Keep regular hours. Set a schedule for yourself and stick to it as much as you possibly can. Make sure that your schedule includes adequate breaks (per your company’s policy on break times) and reasonable start and end times for your workday. 2. Create a routine. Start and end your day with a routine. Develop habits that signal when your day starts and when it’s time to end. What morning routine could you begin that indicates you’re about to start work? Maybe it’s getting up and getting dressed (staying in pajamas all day may be a plus for some but can be a bad idea for others.) Perhaps your trigger to signal day-end could be going for a walk, or even as simple as shutting down your computer totally and turning off the phone you …