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More Laurels for Wisdom Natural Brands Industry publication Progressive Grocer chose Wisdom of the Ancients® Organic Yerba Maté Hibiscus Tea as one of its 2019 Editors’ Picks Top New Product awards, and Prevention magazine recognized SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Pumpkin Spice Sweet Drops™ in the top 10 of “35 Pumpkin Spice Foods That Are Actually Good for You.” Both are products from Gilbert-based Wisdom Natural Brands®; its SweetLeaf® Stevia, a natural, plantbased sweetener, has won more awards for taste and innovation than all other low- or no-calorie sweeteners combined. sweetleaf.com
Wins for OTOjOY Audio Tech Breakthroughs Scottsdale-based audio technology company OTOjOY is one of 10 winners out of 80 applicants in Arizona Commerce Authority’s most recent Arizona Innovation Challenge, awarded for its loop technology that is designed to be installed in large gathering places. Individuals can use their own hearing aids and cochlear implants to connect wirelessly to the venue’s sound system and receive crystal-clear sound without any distortion or background noise. OTOjOY’s first invention, OTOjOY LoopBuds, won a 2018 CES Innovation Award, an Edison Award, and was nominated for a Global Mobile award. otojoy.com
Subway® Meals Aid Local Food Banks More than 350 Subway Restaurants in the Phoenix area recently joined together to feed their local neighbors in need by helping provide 150,000 meals to local food banks through Feeding America via its Feed the Need campaign, one of many actions taken by Subway and its local owners to fight hunger and food insecurity around the world. subway.com/FeedTheNeed
Wilde Wealth Management’s Cheer for Children Wilde Wealth Management Group, an award-winning independent financial services firm, helped make the recent holiday season a little merrier and brighter for more than 1,200 Arizona children in need with its donation of 900 toys as well as more than $2,500 in cash donations to Toys for Tots in December. It was the firm’s 15th year supporting The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. wildewealth.com
Stop the Overwhelm Doing more with less has been the obstacle for many organizations, entrepreneurs and employees. Unfortunately, it’s taken a toll on productivity and has even led to stress, overwhelm and burnout in the workplace. Following are some tips to being more productive while eliminating the downsides. Schedule email time. E-mail inboxes are a big anxiety trigger. One way to eliminate unnecessary stress is to set aside a time to check the inbox and otherwise stay focused on the tasks at hand. A lot of people check email three times daily with great success. It’s also a good idea to clean out the mailbox from time to time. Just seeing all those old emails is overwhelming, not to mention slowing down the system. Set a productivity timer. Approach a large task by setting small steps to avoid overwhelm. If possible, work in 30-minute to one-hour segments. Set a timer to change pace and take a break to refresh. Stop multitasking: Multitasking is one of the greatest lies of all time. Focusing on one task until completion will result in greater progress on the task and increased quality of the work.
Clean the workspace: Organization and productivity go hand-in-hand. Studies show a messy environment heightens stress levels in the workplace. Learn to say ‘no.’ We must learn to say no to others and yes to ourselves. Helping others is great, but not when it causes us stress trying to complete our own tasks. If delegating is an option, use it. Eliminate distractions. Save browsing the web and checking social media for break time or even as part of decompression after completing a task. Finding a quiet place to work uninterrupted may be a solution if one’s workspace is surrounded by noise or other distractions. Clean out the mental inbox: One of the biggest productivity killers in the workplace is letting one’s personal life bleed over into one’s professional life. Of course, some things can’t wait, but generally speaking, it’s best to take care of everything that requires one’s personal attention before heading off to work, and keep the two as separate as possible. —Vinay Saranga, M.D., a psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry www. sarangapsychiatry.com
Kaleidoscope Juice Moves East Marking a change in its retail operation, local juice and health food company Kaleidoscope Juice is including a baking production area in the new store it opens this month in Gilbert. “We wanted to bring the baking experience into our shop to showcase what we have always done behind the scenes,” says Alexandra Maw, founder and co-owner. The onsite baking area enables the Gilbert store to expanded its offerings of glutenfree, vegan and sugar-free baked goods on Kaleidoscope’s menu of fresh-pressed and coldpressed juices, smoothies, coffees, acai bowls, grab-and-go salads and current variety of protein cookies, gluten-free muffins, keto brownies and quick breads. Located at 60 W. Vaughn Avenue just off Heritage Square, the new 1,100-square-foot space will feature a walnut wood bar, banquet seating and a communal table where guests can dine in. Referring to this first East Valley location for her company, Maw says, “We are buzzing with delight to open our shop in Gilbert and share our passion for mindful eating and high-vibe foods with this new community.”
Locally owned and operated since 2008 and now with seven locations in the Greater Phoenix area, Kaleidoscope Juice is committed to offering healthy food fast using the best organic ingredients — sourced locally when possible. —Mike Hunter Kaleidoscope Juice kaleidoscope.love
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