In our March Newsletter, you will find some tips on bad habits to break, a link to filing your company’s annual report, some fun facts about St. Patricks day, and a delicious and easy shepherd’s pie recipe!

Bad Habits to Break

Using your phone, tablet or computer in bed— Most of our favorite evening devices—laptops, tablets, and mobile phones—emit short-wavelength blue light brightly and right in our faces. This exposure impairs melatonin production and interferes with your ability to fall asleep as well as with the quality of your sleep once you do nod off (television is OK for most people as long as they sit far enough away from the set).

Impulsively surfing the internet—It takes you 15 consecutive minutes of focus before you can fully engage in a task. Once you do, you fall into a euphoric state of increased productivity called flow. Research shows that people in a flow state are 5 times more productive than they otherwise would be. When you click out of your work because you get an itch to check the news, Facebook, or a sport’s score, this pulls you out of flow. This means you have to go through another 15 minutes of continuous focus to reenter the flow state.

Comparing yourself to other people—When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. This can be an especially hard habit to break in a time where everyone shares their “highlight reels” on Social Media, but when you feel good about something that you’ve done, don’t allow anyone’s opinions or accomplishments take that away from you! This is definitely one of the most important bad habits to break.

Using multiple notifications—Multiple notifications are a productivity nightmare. Studies have shown that hopping on your phone and email every time they ping for your attention causes your productivity to plummet. Getting notified every time a message drops onto your phone or an email arrives in your inbox might feel productive, but it isn’t. Instead of working at the whim of your notifications, pool all your emails and texts and check them at designated times.

Annual Reports Due May 1st!

What is the annual report? The report is used to update or confirm the FL Dept. of State, Division of Corporations’ records. The data displayed on the entity’s online annual report form is the most current data on file with the Division of Corporations. The report must be filed each year for your business entity to maintain an “active status” with the Dept. of State and it is due May 1st of each year. Click here to begin filing. A $400 late fee will be imposed on businesses which fail to file on time.

Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

  • Who was St. Patrick?  St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned around 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and that he used the shamrock to explain the Trinity.
  • The color of St. Patrick’s Day was originally blue. Wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover.
  • Decoding the Lingo— You can’t attend a Saint Patrick’s Day event without hearing a cry of “Erin go Bragh.” What’s the phrase mean? It’s a corruption of the Irish Éirinn go Brách, which means roughly “Ireland Forever.”
  • The estimated statistical odds of finding a four-leaf clover on your first try are 10,000 to 1!