In this day and age, most of us have so many things to juggle at once, it’s sometimes hard to keep track. Between long working hours, spending time with family, working towards personal goals, practicing hobbies, maintaining a social life, doing chores, exercising and having some quality downtime as well as enough sleep, the never-ending list of things to do can often seem overwhelming.
You likely keep listicles, calendars, notebooks, and diaries both at home and at the workplace to help monitor your tasks. But it sometimes can seem difficult to keep up with so many things on numerous different platforms. That’s why we believe it might be much more useful to have everything at your disposal on a simple device you always have access to: your phone.
With the help of a handful of apps, you can seamlessly transition from your busy workday to your cozy and relaxing home life. These easy-to-use, must-have phone programs can serve as your personal assistant and can help make your life much easier while maintaining a healthy work-life balance in the process.
is a productivity app for Android devices that helps manage your time in a smart and efficient way. You can set your daily routine, analyze your progress and use the statistics to examine how you actually spend your days. Once you study your routine, you’ll be able to tweak your daily tasks in order to be more productive and achieve more things in less time.
TimeTune has been developed in a way to be beneficial not only for workers or freelancing individuals but for students and parents as well. It serves not only as a routine manager and task reminder but also as a habit creation tool and a productivity enhancer. The app only works on Android devices, however, if you’re looking for something similar for your iOS phone or tablet, you might want to check out ATracker.
SpaceThe abundance of available WiFi connections and hotspots one can connect to on the go is growing and expanding by the minute, which means we can slowly but surely stay continuously connected to the online world from our phone. While this might be quite beneficial for a lot of things, it can also make it harder for us to disconnect from our work life.
is a personalized behavior change program that helps you to combat this issue and find your phone-life balance. It helps you understand your digital life by monitoring your connectivity and showcasing how glued you truly are to your phone. You can establish limits for some apps that take away precious downtime, you can set up pings to warn you if you’re spending too much time online and you can even block access to other apps that demand your attention in abundance.
Sanvello, known previously as Pacifica, is a stress managing app that uses clinically validated techniques to help ease your worry, anxiety, fear, and depression. In this fast-paced world of ours, many struggle with these symptoms because of the great number of tasks they need to complete and check off their to-do lists on a daily basis.
The app helps you navigate these disturbing stress factors in a healthy and fun way, so you can leave your mountain of tasks behind and focus on enjoying your precious downtime from the moment you leave the workplace. It offers tools to find calm and shift perspectives, record your mood, build your life skills, feel more connected to your surroundings and more in control of your time.
CoziIf you’re in search of the perfect organizing app for families, then you should definitely check out Cozi. It will help you organize and assign tasks and manage each family member’s appointments, schedules, and activities in an efficient way.
Each member of the family can access it and there’s also a family message board for swifter communication. Cozi is very easy to use and helps you keep events, activities, grocery lists, meal plans, and shopping lists in one place. The application is completely free of charge and works well with iOS, Android and Windows devices.
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One thing we think this article left out, was the community aspect to co-working. Just like FUSE here in Lincoln promotes; coworking fosters community innovation and nurtures the team culture. Visit FUSE to learn more about it! To learn more about Lincoln's most popular co-working space: Fuse - visit here: https://www.fusecoworking.com/
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"While millennials typically embrace a more free and unstructured work environment, they’re not the only ones opting for coworking lately. Moreover, companies are increasingly giving in to this popular, new approach, which allows for productivity and professionalism in a more diverse environment.
Below are some of the main benefits of coworking that allow businesses to thrive.
No geographical limit to recruitingHistorically, companies have hired individuals who were willing to relocate and work at its headquarters. While this worked for many companies, it also limited their recruiting efforts and may have even caused them to lose out on great talent. With coworking, this is no longer an issue.
Coworking allows organizations to recruit talent from anywhere and their employees to manage their responsibilities from a coworking space. Consequently, these skilled employees can be offered employment by a company they want to work for, and they can do so without having to work in a socially isolated environment, while still benefiting from a professional working space.
Fueling creativityWhile a typical professional, structured office environment is ideal for some, it does little to spark creativity for others. Conversely, coworking spaces allow for a more relaxed environment with the opportunity to interact with new people, from the same company or different organizations.
Expansion is easierCoworking is also a great way for organizations to begin expanding into new territories. Essentially, it allows them to set up a temporary headquarters, with the coworking company taking care of all expansion matters from the new location. Furthermore, it’s much easier to expand because the size of the coworking location is monitored on-site and depends on the number of team members who join the company. While the number of people who are employed at a coworking space is limited, the general idea of coworking is not to have a large location (which would simply be another headquarters).
Cost-effectiveThe flexibility of the coworking model allows a company to adjust the size of its commercial lease based on the number of employees in a specific location. While it’s true that the coworking cost per square foot is often more expensive than renting actual office space, there are more factors to take into consideration with the traditional alternative—which, in the long run, can amount to a larger investment.
What’s more, there isn’t always a need for a traditional office for employees to be productive and the company to thrive. In fact, coworking can provide all they need to be successful and effective at what they do, thus benefitting the company overall.
Coworking is a smart investment for companies, and jobseekers should determine if there is a similar option before deciding to relocate for a job. For example, looking at Brooklyn apartments for rent can consume much more time and money than finding out that you don’t even have to move at all."
"Understanding that color creates not just an impression but an emotional connection is important".
We all know that color can change the way that we use, act, and transition through a space. Laura Guido-Clark is a designer who dedicated her life into finding the potential in everything- including the power of color.
Laura thinks that color is transformational in that it has the potential to encourage change. Some designers are shy to use color because of the different ways that color can be perceived. Laura states that she never had trouble with color because she saw it as an opportunity to convey a sense of connection to her users.
To read more about Laura's thoughts and advice, click below.
"Whenever I work on a personal project, I also want to experiment with some new techniques. Because the time was limited (one full day and two evenings), it had to be a straightforward process. If not, it would have ended up on the dusty pile of the “unfinished-but‐could‐be‐great‐if‐I-have‐the‐time” projects like we all have on our hard drives". (Langeveld, 2017)
For some, rendering is more than an image shown to a client to help them perceive a design. Joel is a 3D artist who explores design through digital rendering/computational work. His ability to render opened up his mind and changed the way that he viewed his designs.
Digital rendering takes time, practice, and patience. Rendering begins as the designer decides on spacial elements, apertures, enclosures, and transitional elements to include in their 3D program. From there, the designer might add furniture, lighting, materials, installations, electrical work and so on. What sets this 3D designer apart is his ability to add layers and layers of detail. The final stages spent in Photoshop can change the mood and emotion within the image.
Take a look at the article attached to view the process that Joel Langeveld reveals.
"Print the Future is about more than just furniture; it’s about innovation, and making ideas on demand a reality by moving the needle in the 3D printing space, the possibilities being endless,”
3D printing has technically been around since 1984, but the availability of the service has been only recent to outside users. This company, Print the Future, intends to establish itself as synonymous with the 3D printing world as the turn into the future of technology evolves.
With the use of compatible programs, any user has the ability to print their designs. Designs can range from any size up to a 5x5ft boundary. Eventually, the company intends to spread around the world and make 3D printing an accessible service. Users will have the opportunity to choose a piece of furniture, (or design their own), and watch it be printed before their eyes. The printing process has been revolutionized to only take 24 hours or less for each piece of furniture.
What are your thoughts on the growth of 3D printing availability?
"Connection, collaboration, and contribution are the core elements of our strategy, and our space needs to support that".
Now more than ever, the collaborative work space is being encouraged and established within the interior environment. While there are many benefits that the collaborative world can bring, a group of researchers has questioned the trend. They believe that each employee is a crucial part of the brand of a company. While collaborative areas can be effective within some working communities, it may not need to be integrated in others.
The research group began to compare different generations and their work styles, attempting to understand their differences. Through their research, they determined that the work place is not a reflection of the age of its employees, but rather the brand. Because employees reflect the brand, it is important to engage them to understand what type of office environment needs to be established.
"Soft chairs might be trendy, but if they’re not connected to purpose and passion, nobody uses them".
"We designed these rooms so that they are easy to build and readily accessible for communities that lack collective services and cultural facilities. They can be used for anything from hosting informal group dance or singing lessons to serving as a platform for neighborhood assemblies".
When a quick response was needed, these designers look the challenge.
Located throughout Mexico, these concrete cubes serve a bigger purpose than it may seem. These structures are designed for a community in need of a social space to gather, read, learn, and engage with one another.
At the base of the structure, the open space allows users to gather and relate through various activities. The small amount of enclosure provides a space for the community to link together. The space above provides reading rooms for the public that shelter the users and allows them to retreat. Some facilities have multiple levels, and some are equipped with bathrooms and computer facilities.
These simple structures are providing a huge impact through intentional design, what are your thoughts?
"All aspects of our daily life are gradually becoming connected to the Internet. From the strength of their coffee to the color of their toast, everything is controlled via a simple phone app".
Amongst the trends for 2017, technology within the home is one of the most interesting.
Normal technology in the home can include television, computers, cell phones, etc. What is interesting about the new wave of Bluetooth enabled home appliances is that they are meant to interact with the user at any moment. They are becoming a central part of the home where the user can order their groceries, send a text from 10 feet away, and even hook up to other technology in the home.
Users can open their garage doors, start their car, and order anything online by simply speaking to the appliance.
The future is here, what are your thoughts?
"The project’s goal is to bring this developing stretch of the Mission Bay neighborhood into step with the successful, human-scaled urban environments for which San Francisco is so famous".
One of the contributing design ideas to bring the buildings to life was the "inside-out" concept. The goal was to expose the Interior environment to the public on the street. This creates a connection between architecture and environment that mends the gap.
The design for this office is a reflection of the type of work done inside. The office is collaborative and creative, striving for new ways to design and create daily. The mixed environment including lounge spaces, collaborative hubs, and engaging walkways that hang over the city, creates a diverse work place within the Urban environment.
This young concept of Urban collaborative offices is creating the need for research and design. How can we make the work place better geared towards our personal needs?
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