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This is a guest post by Zara Lewis, a regular contributor at Highstylife Magazine, a writer and traveler. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.

Being tasked with organizing the office party is kind of a mixed blessing.

On one hand, sure, it’s yet another chore to add to a very large list. On the other, it can actually end up being really fun and do wonders for your reputation at the company.

Imagine being the hero that made an unforgettable party that people actually enjoyed, and weren’t forced to attend simply because it was a company event and they have little choice.

So, how do you do that? How do you organize something that’s both exciting and office-appropriate? Well, we’ve got a few tips.

1. Know your crowd.

What’s the average age of people in your company? Is it a younger crowd? What do they enjoy?

Use the bonds and friendships you have with other employees to gauge how others feel about office parties and holidays. And use them to pick up suggestions about what they’d like to see.

And don’t worry, making a party for a mixed group of people is still going to be successful. It just might require you to bring more variety to the table.

2. Start planning on time.

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Plan everything as early as possible, and then when a problem arises (and it will), you’ll have time to solve it. This will also make sure you don’t waste all your energy on last-minute panicked details.

Pick a venue, pick a theme, and send out invitations well in advance. You want people to be notified on time so they can plan ahead.

3. Bring the fun booze.

And by this we mean cocktails! Beer, wine, and spirits are great, but cocktails are where the colorful fun really starts. Take inspiration from professionals with a good reputation like the masters of mixology in NYC, and pick a bright, tasty drink that people will be eager to try.

Why not pick a cocktail and introduce it as the official company cocktail? Make sure to create a non-alcoholic version of it as well, for all of those who don’t enjoy booze or simply have to drive home.

4. Make sure the food is varied.

Someone’s a vegan, someone doesn’t eat pork, and someone’s allergic to peanuts. While there’s no way you can make a menu that will satisfy everyone (not if you want to stay within budget), do make sure that there are at least a few different options there on the table.

If you hire a good caterer, they’ll do all the work for you. Otherwise, you can involve a few other employees who are good cooks and have them bring something homemade. Feed-a-crowd meals are an excellent choice for this.

5. Involve others.

Don’t let the party planning overwhelm you and make you stress too much. Involving others is totally allowed, even encouraged.

One, it will make them feel important to know they helped. Two, you’ll get a better idea of what people want to see at the party.

Assign roles to everyone. Someone could be in charge of bringing the baked goods, someone who’s good at drink-mixing could be the bartender.

6. Figure out the entertainment.

Make your own mixtape or hire a DJ, but make sure that there’s good music that people can dance and sing to.

Another thing we recommend for an office party are simple board games. Pick the ones that can be played by a lot of people, like Dixit, Resistance, Mafia, Monikers, or similar ones, and leave the option for people to simply watch if they feel too shy to participate at first. Board games are a good way to break the ice, to get people to interact and stop just sitting in the corner and nursing their drinks awkwardly.

The last step to a good party? Make sure you enjoy it yourself. Don’t spend all the time worrying about something going wrong, just relax and lift the atmosphere with your good mood. The others will be sure to follow your example.

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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.