Does listening to music impact your productivity?

It's become common practice to plug in headphones and listen to music throughout the work day, especially if you're at a desk job working on a computer (and coincidentally, 7 out of 9 members of TheSquareFoot team are plugged in right now.) But, does music have any impact on your productivity positively or negatively? We searched around and the answer is...sort of. Here are the pros and cons of listening to music during your work day.

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10 things you need for your desk (that you might not have thought of)

We already know that your work space can greatly affect your mood, help you concentrate at work , and generally make or break your entire work day. If you're like most people, you have the essentials on your desk: computer, notepad, empty(ish) coffee cup... and that's about it. Here are 10 desk items you might not have thought of that will make your work day just a little bit better.

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The Impact of Office Space on Corporate Culture - from our friends at Integrate

This guest post was written by Allie Danziger of Integrate. Integrate is an award-winning agency that stays true to traditional public relations roots while integrating the limitless strategic potential and power available with direct communication via engaging social media, community partnerships and clever marketing. They thrive on teamwork, strategic coordination of marketing efforts, unifying messages, and harmonizing your brand's voice across multiple communications channels.

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Security Deposit Struggles

Most companies are skeptical about such a large security deposit, but it really boils down to whether or not you have a track record (3 to 5 years) of generating a profit. If so, landlords are more open to negotiation, and security deposits can be lowered to the equivalent of around 6 months rent.

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Connectivity - Los Angeles Office Space of the Week

This week we are featuring Connectivity, a forward-thinking and fast-moving b2b technology startup providing customer intelligence solutions to businesses. Their passionate and inventive team is helping other growing businesses provide the most value and best services to a targeted audience, through allowing these businesses to truly understand users, behaviors, and solutions. Growing quickly, it was time to revamp the office at their Los Angeles location. The Connectivity team partnered with Homepolish and talented designer Allison to redesign the space. They collectively transformed Connectivity’s open industrial space into a warm, casual, and inviting workplace.

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5 Commonly Misinterpreted Leasing Terms

Even as experts in the commercial real estate space, leasing office space is no simple task. There are many complicated processes to undergo and terms to understand along the way to brokering the perfect deal. Below are several commonly misinterpreted and misunderstood terms that are beneficial to know to ensure you are getting the deal you want, and avoiding the hidden fees and agreements often overlooked or masked in the commercial leasing process.

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Office Space of the Week - Zendesk

This week we are featuring Zendesk, a San Francisco based tech company revolutionizing the way businesses handle customer service. One of the first members of San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood, Zendesk is expanding quickly. The team’s new office is it’s second location on Market Street, creating a mini (professional) campus atmosphere in the area. The team at Design Blitz is responsible for the design of the fun and funky space, incorporating features such as see-through meeting rooms and an auditorium-like communal / collaboration space. The new building not only serves as a headquarters for the Zendesk team, but also opens its doors to the public to be used as a meeting and shared space for local businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents alike. This modern workspace is located at 989 Market St. in San Francisco.

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10 Tips for a Holiday Party Everybody Will Love That You Can Afford

With Thanksgiving just past, the holidays are finally here, and it’s time to start planning! Though holiday parties are typically seen as something only large corporations do, entrepreneurs and small businesses shouldn’t let this time go to waste. Entrepreneurs can host a holiday party to fortify their company culture, boost employee morale and increase brand awareness in the community.

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7 Thoughts on Concentration

We all know the feelings of being overwhelmed, distracted, and unable to concentrate. There are times when too many projects are on our schedules, and our attention is pulled in every direction. We are distracted by our phones, emails, Twitter, even bosses calling across the room for help on a project. Colleagues interrupt your workflow. We need to update, check in, post, or ping, and we need to do it now!

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Retail Space of the Week: LEGO Flagship Store, Flatiron NYC

This week we are featuring the newest flagship LEGO store in New York City, recently opened this Fall in the middle of Manhattan’s Flatiron District! Located at 200 5th Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets, this fun-filled mega-store is an impressive 3,500 square feet (and this week’s RETAIL space of the week #RSOTW)! The Danish company has other flagship locations in Minnesota’s Mall of America and Disney’s Florida and California parks, but it is astounding and a monumental (yes, pun intended) feat to open such a large retail establishment in one of NYC’s busiest, in-demand and flourishing neighborhoods. From inspiring window displays to oversized murals and structures inside the store (obviously completely made of LEGOs), it is a fun scene to walk by if you are one of the lucky start-up employees (or tourist or really anyone happening to pass by) that also meanders through NYC’s Silicon Alley.

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Lease Length - Landlords, Sublets, and the “3-Year Minimum”

As a growing business, with a lot of moving pieces and constantly-changing variables, signing a multi-year lease can be a daunting thought. It can be difficult to find a short-term or flexible lease (especially in a hot market), so deciding to commit to a lease should be well thought out. To better understand why the shorter term options are scarce, we need to consider the transaction from the Landlord’s point of view.

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Pre and Post-Work Rituals: The Habits of Success

Work work #werk. As employees, if you break it down to the basics, our weekday lives are relatively similar. We wake up, go to work, come home, sleep, and repeat. Scrutinizing this routine down to the nitty gritty details is what makes us unique, and sets each individual employee apart! We all end up at our respective offices... but what are our pre- and post-work rituals that define our days and our successes, in and out of the office? As entrepreneurs, are most of us night owls, working late into the night surrounded by glowing screens and takeout boxes? Or are early-risers and morning gym-goers more common, getting an early and productive start to a long day? With work on our minds 24/7, how do we actually disconnect from our day jobs and have lives outside of the office? A couple of entrepreneurs share their daily rituals and routine tips for success.

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Laurel & Wolf - LA Office Space of the Week

This week’s Office Space of the Week is LA-based Laurel & Wolf, interior design slash tech startup. This cool and creative team needed an inspiring space to compliment their own original and inventive spirit. The office is located in sunny Los Angeles, in West Hollywood's Design District. It is in an older building, which has a history of designer occupants. The complex is called Almont Yard and has inspired the creative juices of several well-known names in the design world, including Kathryn Ireland, Nathan Turner, and Peter Dunham. The Laurel & Wolf team have a mission to bring design to the masses, providing an extraordinary service with a DIY twist. They believe that incorporating design and beauty into one’s surroundings is important in every aspect of life, and that includes creating (their own) smart and sleek office! #GetYourDesignOn for #OSOTW!

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One World Trade

One World Trade Center, after many years of anticipation and waiting, is finally open! Also known as the Freedom Tower (but officially One World Trade), this superstructure is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the fourth tallest in the world - topping out at 94 stories and 1,776 feet! The final spire was added in May 2013, and completed the shell of the building that memorializes the original World Trade Center complex that fell during the attacks of September 11, 2001. Construction originally began on April 27, 2006, and this iconic building officially opened its doors to tenant companies just a couple days ago, on Monday November 3rd.

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Interior Pictures, and Leasing Commercial Space

Did you know that searching for office space can be exciting? Your business is growing or in need of its first corporate address and you get to build a brand new environment for your company and team. However, the search for commercial real estate also has its own unique quirks and obstacles. It is definitely not an easy task to navigate, whether its your first or tenth time looking for a new office space.

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11 Secret Haunted Spots in NYC

New York City is known for it’s bright lights and late nights, but who knew that this city also had some haunting history? Let’s explore some of NYC’s spookiest spots. Maybe you’ve even frequented some of these famous locations… or maybe it’s time to!

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