Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Games That Boost Productivity at Work

Few managers would rate boosting productivity as an easy task at work. There are ways to do it though. These can involve playing games at work that offer incentives to employees as a reward and encourage teamwork. Most of them are simple to teach to employees and offer a bit if fun as well.

The Building Game

Everyone is assigned teams by drawing a number out of a hat. The teams are given the same number of blocks. Those blocks must be placed together by each team to create a structure. That structure must stand up and be steady when completed. The first team to build the sturdiest structure first wins.

Drawing Game

Again, break the team into two groups and give a drawing to one side of the team. Have them sit to where they can not see one another or the picture they are trying to create. The side without the picture has to draw what the first person is describing correctly working as a team. The first side that gets it done first accurately, wins.

Human Knot

The group stands in a circle facing one another. Everyone should be side by side. If the group is large, have them break them into smaller groups and work together. Each person should reach out the right hand and connect with another person. Then, put out the left hand and grab another random person. The goal of the circle is to dis-connect themselves without releasing hands through communication.

Minefield

This game requires going outside on a nice day. Hide things in a square space. Break the group up into two groups. Blindfold one group and pair them up randomly. One group without the blindfold gets the directions to find the hidden things. Have the people work together in these couples to find all of the items that are hidden.

Detective

Break the group into teams and hand them a puzzle set. They must work as a team to create the puzzle in a time frame as quiet as possible. Pints taken away when one person controls the game. The rules are to “work together.”

Sinking Ship

Place a piece of tape and place it across the middle of the room. Groups the workers into two groups. Each group is on one side of the tape line on the floor. A robe is handed to the group. All members hold the rope at their point of the room. Now, tape a line around the groups feet on each side of the middle tape on the floor. The objective is to keep inside of that “boat” on their side while the other team tried to pull them out of their “boat.” The winners are the team that holds steady and is not pulled out of their “boat.”

All of those games grant the winning team time off for an extra break. It’s incentives that can drive the team to work together. Then, take this same idea and create individual awards for accomplishment of a goal in daily assignments for the job. This can help the employees to work towards goals and enhance productivity.

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Setting Up The Perfect Family Game Room

The family game room is a must in every home, and there are many ways to make it come together. There is a need for an air hockey table, and there are many other items that are quite exciting when you wish to make the room into a paradise of fun. This article explains how you may make your family game room into a fun place to play, and you will avoid problems that come with having no dedicated place to play.

#1: Air Hockey Is Always a Hit

For a table game that is good for all ages, definitely get your family an air hockey table and skip the billiards and foosball tables. Air hockey is quite competitive, and there are many people in the family who believe they will have an edge over the others. There are those who want to play air hockey and nothing else, and you will have others who will insist on playing something else. You must start with air hockey, but you must be more creative when you plan the room.

#2: Board Games Are Fun For The Whole Family

You must have board games set up in the house that will be easy to play, and you must place them in the room where anyone may play them. There are quite a few people who will want to play board games every day, and you may place them in the room where anyone may reach them at any time. The games should be fun for kids of all ages to play, and they will be engrossed in the games when they are playing for long periods of time. The games will make way for other parts of the game room that will be fun for the whole family. You can even buy themed games, like these cool Star Wars board games.

#3: Keep It Comfortable

You must have tables and seating in the room that will be easy to use, and you must have them set up in a manner that makes them easy to access when it is game time. Someone who wishes to play must have an easy place to look for the things they need, and they must have a table or two out that will help them ensure they may play instantly. The tables and chairs may be set out all the time, or you may leave them in a storage closet where the guests may move them quickly.

#4: Plan For Snacking

You may go so far as putting a bar in the room, and you will find it quite a lot of fun to use when you are entertaining, and you may use it when you are home with the family. Everyone who wishes to use the room may have a drink or snacks, and they will quite enjoy being in a room that everyone knows they may use to eat or drink. Eating and drinking in the room is quite important, and it helps the guests feel at home when they are over for parties.

#5: Tile Floors

You must have a tile floor in the game room to ensure the room is easy to clean. You want to avoid any problems you may with the spills that may happen in the room, and you will find it much easier for you to use the room without fear. The fear that comes along with the food you bring into the room is gone when you have set up a tile or linoleum floor.

The game room you put in the house is quite important as it will help you have a lovely time playing with your friends or family. You must have all the games in the room for your enjoyment, and you will find the game room much easier to use when you have the proper furniture and flooring sitting in the room or in storage.

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My Best Practices For Healthy Cooking

Are you trying to reduce or completely eliminate the amount of toxins you take in when you eat? Have you been having trouble finding ways to do this? Well, I’m going to let you know a few different ways to do this. I’ll let you know which frying pans to avoid, which cookware is a good choice and how to properly prepare your meal without accidentally adding extra toxins.

Let’s start with cookware. Some of the worst frying pans you can use are any that are covered in a nonstick coating. Some research has shown that once that coating reaches 700 degrees, which can take as little as 3-5 minutes, it can release 15 or more toxic chemicals and gases. Also, when these chemicals are overheated they can produce fumes that have been known to make people sick and also kill birds. Needless to say, nonstick pans are not good for you or your animals if you prepare their food with them also.

Some of the best cookware options you can be using are ceramic cookware like WearEver Ceramic Cookware, cast-iron cookware, copper cookware, glass cookware and many others. Out of these, I personally feel that cast-iron cookware is one of the best to use. Yes, the iron from the skillets can get into your prepared foods, but iron is actually a healthy additive. If you know you have low iron in your blood, these could actually help you with that. Also, cleanup is extremely easy with cast-iron cookware. It is actually recommended that you don’t use soap.

Ceramic and glass cookware are also good options to use because they don’t really have any additives in them and they can be used until they break or you decide you don’t want it any more. One downside to having glass, ceramic, and enameled cookware, is that when you decide you are done with them you can not recycle it. You would just have to sell them or throw them away.

When it comes to the utensils you should use to cut down or eliminate your toxin intake, try using stainless steel or ceramic utensils. These have little to no toxins in them and also last a very long time. Bamboo utensils are also great to use because they are made of all natural materials and they could be recycled after you are done with them.

You should also try avoiding using plastic cooking and eating utensils. These can melt into your food and you could end up eating the chemicals from them. They can be handy when you have guests over for a party but if you are really serious about cutting out your toxins, I suggest investing in more ceramic or glass cookware and dinnerware.

One last thing you can do to avoid adding toxins to your foods while you prepare them is to use a bamboo, glass, wooden or ceramic cutting board. These are much sturdier than plastic cutting boards and are much less likely to break off and get pieces of them into your food. They are also much easier to maintain due to the fact that they are a smoother surface.

I hope this was helpful to you and I also hope your practices of a toxin free life work out for the best.