Meeting too Much?

By: Lee Boyland, RID I have been feeling recently like my calendar is bursting with meetings, including a standing 8:30 meeting Tuesday THRU Friday each week. Sometimes I feel like, “what gives!?” When I look at my calendar and compare it to my list of deliverables, I see few windows in my calendar to produce those deliverables! I read a… Read More

How to Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

By: Sara Kotarski These days, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the constant demands of your job. According to a Harvard Business School survey, nearly 94% of working professionals said that they work over 50 hours per week. But did you know that working less can actually improve your productivity and prevent burn out? Maintaining a better balance… Read More

Let’s Go! – The Importance of Getting Away

By: Kris Kleinknight Continuing with the year of finding your Zen; we work hard and we need to find time for enjoying our passions.  Taking time to be with family, friends, or just quiet solitude helps to reenergize your spirit. Robert Kriegel, author of “How to Succeed in Business Without Working So Damn Hard,” says workers get many of their… Read More

Teamwork CERTAINLY Does Make the Dream Work!

By: Amanda Medlen, RID, NCIDQ, LEED ID + C While scrolling through my recent LinkedIn news feed, I ran across an article title that really grabbed my attention.  The article was entitled, “Steve Jobs did not invent the iPhone.”  I was almost about to shout blasphemy! I was interested to see exactly where this article was going to go, talking… Read More

Summer Fun + Safety

By: Lee Boyland As we approach summer, we are drawn to the outdoors for many fun activities! Swimming, cook outs, boating and fireworks to name a few are all synonymous with summer, right? Memories are made when we’re enjoying time with family and friends out in the blue skies and sunshine, and I wanted to share a few safety tips… Read More

The Ace Mentor Program – Living the Future Today

By: Jill Mendoza For several years, IDO Associates have volunteered as mentors who help inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization, formed under Section 501(c)3 of the District of Columbia in 2002.  A history of the organization can be viewed here.  Thanks to the dedication of ACE’s mentors… Read More

Congratulations!…Now What?

By: Sara Kotarski   Happy May, and Happy Graduation for many! It seems like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to my home of four years and walking away as an alumna of Michigan State University’s Interior Design program. A lot has happened in those two years since graduation. I’ve lived in 3 states, worked 3 jobs, and rented 2… Read More

Take a Deep Breath and…Rest!

By: Lee Boyland Our society is speeding along at the pace of technology, and our schedules are packed with commitments. Some of us are great multi-taskers and we thrive on staying busy, checking off lists of to-dos, but we can only keep up at that pace for so long. Our brains need a break from work, extra curriculars, and we… Read More

The Importance of Staying Humble

By: Sara Kotarski As the winter holidays quickly approach (or at least in the world of retail they seem to be), I always find myself reflecting on my past year and what events led me to where I am now. What did I do to better myself? What did I do to better those around me? What goals should I… Read More

Spring Clean Your Workplace

By Kelsey Venekamp The sun is shining, the squirrels are playing and you’re inside—buried under folders and sticky notes, sitting at your desk, without a ray of sunshine in sight. With spring in the air and on our minds, now is the perfect time to reflect on the beauty and newness of the season and use that inspiration to de-clutter… Read More