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Archive for June, 2015

Google Enables “Undo Send”

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

With the large number of emails that clutter your inbox everyday, responding to these emails becomes a demanding and time-consuming task. When you fall prey to the email trigger finger and send an email before ready, the results can often be embarrassing or even detrimental. Whether a typo you missed or the unfortunate reply-all blunder, your sent email regret may be a thing of the past now that Google has introduced the “undo send” feature.

Since 2009, Google has been working on this through Gmail Labs. Google decided to release this feature for the rest of us filled with email regret: “’Undo Send’ allows people using Gmail to cancel a sent mail if they have second thoughts immediately after sending.” This feature is great if you realize the err of your ways after pressing “send”.if you are using a Gmail account.

To enable Undo Send:

  1. Click the gear in the top right .
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to “Undo Send” and click Enable.
  4. Set the cancellation period (the amount of time you have to decide if you want to unsend an email).
  5. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

By enabling “undo send” in your Gmail settings, you can choose a pre-set cancellation period between five and 30 seconds after pushing “send”. Although this feature has the potential to save you some embarrassment from email faux pas, overlooking the simple task of reviewing your email before pressing “send” can spell trouble. No matter how rushed you are, re-read your emails before sending. This habit can save you from a humiliating mistake that has the potential to make you look ignorant, careless or rude. Control your email trigger finger and pause for review before pressing “send”.


Ann Keeling says:

Many of us go through hundreds of emails on a daily basis, reviewing, responding and initiating emails at lightning speed. It’s just the nature of business today and it’s not slowing down. For those times when there are a few spare minutes to prepare proper emails, do it ahead of time and put them in your drafts folder. Then you can review again before you send minutes, hours or days later. Looking at email w/ fresh eyes helps ensure your emails are always appropriate, sound and makes you look really together.

P.S. While auto-correct is a nice efficiency, it doesn’t replace human eyes – always re-read email after the auto correct function has run to ensure that what you meant to say is what is being said!


The bean.

Friday, June 26th, 2015


A giant reflection of life in one of the best places in the world.

Shot by Lesley M Rowe on an iPhone with an Afterlight filter.

It’s Never Too Late For New Beginnings

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

You spend endless exasperating hours studying and writing dozens of detailed papers in anticipation of receiving your college diploma; the piece of paper that holds the key to your career, your future, your life. Fast forward ten years down the road and you are woefully wishing you were designing a logo for the next “it” company rather than requesting Charlie’s mother to bring him a fresh pair of clothes for the third time this week. As humans, it is natural to second-guess our decisions, but is it normal to regret your career path? And is it too late to make a change?

According to BenefitsPro nearly 80% of workers admitted to sometimes regretting their career decision. Boredom and finances are among the top reasons why one regrets their career choice. Pressure to declare a major at a young age is also a contributing factor. At 18, most individuals are just beginning to discover and understand their identities. For many, the next decade is a tangled jungle of self-exploring and revelations, therefore, the major you declared at 18 may not be consistent with your current identity.

So you took the wrong fork in the road, but is it too late make a career shift? Happiness has no expiration date; there are many successful individuals who have made career shifts later in life. For example, before becoming a comedic personality on The View, Joy Behar was a high school English teacher; before cooking up delicacies at the age of 36, Julia Child was a CIA officer, and Emmy award winner Ellen DeGeneres was an “oyster shucker” and paralegal.

Life is about embracing your choices, learning, and growing from each experience. It is completely normal to regret your career path, but don’t let it hinder your future. If ultimately you decide you rather be flying planes than spending your days in an office, then go for it! However, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into; thoroughly research the necessary steps required to making your career jump. At the end of the day you only have one life to live, and you deserve to enjoy a fulfilling career.


Ann Keeling says:

These days they call it reinvention, but essentially it’s a purposeful mind shift – choosing to pursue a completely different career than originally intended. Some people make this change countless times, others, only once. But the lesson is that people choose to make the change- to take a big risk. Versus people who are stuck in a boring, lackluster career that they can barely talk themselves into on a daily basis. What a prison that would be.

Where you work is home.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Home may be where the heart is, but the workplace is where you spend the majority of your time. According to The Wall Street Journal, the average full-time employee spends 47 hours a week at work, which is more than a third of your day. With more and more time being spent at the workplace, employers are being urged to reevaluate their company’s culture and explore the idea of office/workplace renovations.

Studies indicate that workplace aesthetics can directly influence the health and well being of its employees. “Worker comfort directly affects important predictors of operational efficiency, such as productivity, job satisfaction, retention, well-being, and at its most basic level, of course, worker health,” asserts Herman Miller, Inc., the iconic office furniture designers and manufacturers. By creating a bright, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing environment, employers can tremendously reduce stress, tension, and tiredness amongst employees.

Corporate giants like Facebook and Google have implemented some rather unusual amenities within their own facilities. Some of these playful perks include DJ booths, skate ramps, slides and even rooftop golfing. Although cool and creative, these unique features are not feasible in the majority of workplaces.

When considering renovations it is imperative that workplace aesthetics and design most importantly reflect the budget, needs and personality of the company. Extravagant and over-the-top changes are not necessary. An attractive desk, comfortable chair or colorful painting can make a tremendous difference in the daily happiness and productivity of employees. Small, but notable changes can magically transform a workplace into a more calm, creative, and emotionally resting environment.

If your employer is unable to make changes within the workplace, you can create a comfortable and pleasing work environment for yourself. Brighten your desk with flowers or bring in pictures of family and friends. Keeping your desk clean and organized is another great way to make your workspace more enjoyable. The more at home you feel within your workspace, the more motivated and happy you will be.


Ann Keeling says:

We’ve all visited offices that are flat out depressing – old/bad furniture, little to no artwork, or if there is any it’s “hotel art” – or worse – cube farms. As a business owner I cannot imagine a worse life than working in a place that does not inspire, motivate or give pleasure to me or our staff. It’s certainly an investment, but one that pays dividends in so many meaningful ways.


Friday, June 19th, 2015

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A walk in the park is sure to be peaceful with this dignified dog. 

Shot by Tony Savicki on an iPhone with an Instagram filter.