3 Apps for Forming Healthy Habits

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Creating healthy habits can be difficult, especially if you're trying to replace an unhealthy one. But with these apps, it's easy!   1. Sleep Cycle Sleep Cycle makes waking up easier than ever by syncing your wakeup time to your body’s natural rhythms. How it works: Waking up easy is all about timing. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. Waking up during light sleep feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock. Why we love it: At first we were skeptical, but Sleep Cycle really does make waking up a more gentle experience.   2. Momentum Momentum is a beautifully designed … [Read more...]

Infographic: 5 Bad Habits That Are Keeping You From Being Productive

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  Are you guilty of any of these bad habits? The first step towards healthy change is recognizing the problem. Use this graphic to figure out how to replace that bad habit with a healthy one! … [Read more...]

3 Office Habits You Should Make (and 4 You Should Break)

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Staying healthy in the office can be a serious challenge.  But it doesn’t have to be that way! To make things easy, we’ve put together a list of 3 unexpected habits that will boost your workplace wellness and 4 habits that are preventing it.   Healthy Habits to Make: 1. Drink more water Coffee is the energy-boosting drink of choice at most offices.  But did you know that water has energizing benefits too? Keep a pint of water by your desk at all times and drink frequently. Fatigue is one of the main symptoms of dehydration. Stay hydrated and stay stimulated.   2. Pop a piece of gum Gum can do more than just freshen your breath (although that … [Read more...]

3 Lessons Your Team Can Learn From the Volvo Ocean Race

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And they’re off to Lisbon! After 12 beautiful days in Newport, RI, the Volvo Ocean Race has begun the next leg of its round-the-world journey. The teams are headed out across the Atlantic. They’ll stop in Lisbon, then Lorient, and finally finish up in Gothenburg in a few weeks. As the furniture sponsor for the Newport Stopover, the Focal team got to spend a lot of time around the race village. We loved soaking in the sea and sunshine, but we also came away with some important lessons that can be used both on the water and in business.   1. It takes the whole team to stay afloat Each boat in the Volvo Ocean Race is manned by 8 people (or 11 in the case … [Read more...]

Storage Solutions for Your Standing Desk

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  It's that time of year again... Spring cleaning! Cleaning and organizing the office can seem like a daunting task. But with these awesome storage solutions, you'll have your desk cleaned up in no time! 1. Focal Upright Sphere Desk Naturally the best step towards an organized office is an upright standing desk. The Sphere has plenty of space for all of these organization tools. 2. Galant Drawer Unit Get your files and loose papers out of the way and under your desk with a Galant Drawer Unit. The drawer unit nestles nicely underneath a Sphere desktop. 3. Sphere Desk Shelf Upgrade your Sphere Desk with a shelf to help separate your desktop from … [Read more...]

How to Design the Most Productive Workspace

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Your workspace defines the way you work. Looking to refresh your workspace this spring? Use these simple office design tips to make your space more energetic, inspiring, and of course, productive. 1. Choose the right light The right lighting in your workspace can boost your energy and productivity. If you have the ability, position your desk so you get as much direct light as possible. If natural light is hard to come by, light your space with natural bulbs. 2. Color me productive A fresh coat of paint is a quick way to update your space. According to proponents of color psychology, choosing the right color can have cognitive benefits as well. The color blue is said … [Read more...]

3 Brands We Love from the Next Great Consumer Brands Showcase

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Last week, the Focal team traveled to New York to present at the Next Great Consumer Brands Showcase, sponsored by NASDAQ and Consensus Advisors.  The event gave up-and-coming brands a chance to tell their stories. We were fully impressed by the innovation of the other companies there.  There were companies creating radically lightweight cameras, sleek wireless headphones, and even a new way to buy wine.  Here’s a quick list of three brands we discovered at the Next Great Consumer Brands Showcase that we think you will love.   Shinola Detroit may not be known as a watch manufacturing town yet.  But if Shinola, a Detroit-based manufacturing company, has … [Read more...]