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Save Time and Alleviate Stress with Proper Vacation Planning

Five tips from productivity expert ACCO Brands help to make family vacations manageable and enjoyable

School’s out, the summer is here, and with it comes family vacations. This, in itself, brings a feeling of uneasiness to many, primarily due to lack of planning and ill-defined schedules. But rest easy—we have several tips to help you get the most out of your vacation this summer.

“Most vacations are planned with only the best of intentions—but are they WELL-planned?” asks Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “Poor organization can make the most well-intentioned family vacations go awry. Proper planning and time management will afford families the time to relax and enjoy their trips.”

Here are several steps you can take to get organized for your vacation:

Write it down to get around: Use a daily planner or calendar to create a “vacation map” to track all your intended activities and destinations. Plan out each day so you can easily refer to where you have been, where you are and where you still want to go. Be sure not to over-book yourself.

Do your homework: Prepare your trip in advance, as much as possible.

  • Make a list of the attractions you want to visit and check ahead to find out the busiest times.
  • Purchase tickets for attractions and events in advance whenever possible. Use a pocketed file or organizer to keep your tickets, itineraries and other trip materials in order.
  • Gather and organize items needed during the trip, including clothes, toiletries, snacks, electronics and other equipment, including chargers and adapters.
  • Don’t rely completely on your GPS—plan your driving routes. Check on current and future road construction along your routes, as well.

Perform the “21-point inspection”: For those vacations that include a long drive, perform a thorough checkup on your vehicle. You might not know all 21 points on your car but some of the most important ones can be easily checked, including fluids and tires. Consult your auto record book to see what maintenance is due on the vehicle before you leave.

Takeoff to a great vacation: When traveling by air, many things like delays and lost baggage are out of your control. However, you can take steps to make your experience more pleasant.

  • Get a ride to the airport to avoid parking.
  • Check for flight delays online or via smart phone apps.
  • Leave your family some extra time to get settled.
  • Take an earlier flight so that your family can hit the ground running on the first full day.
  • Come back a day early so you can ease back into your daily routine.

A day of relaxation: A family vacation can tire you out just as much as an everyday job. Give yourself a day of relaxation. Plan some free time for the final day of your trip. That extra day will give your family the flexibility to do something they might not have been able to do during the course of the week. Maybe you’d simply like to relax and unwind. “ Isn’t that why you took a vacation in the first place?” adds Cupp.

Get more tips on planning, organizing and productivity for every facet of your life by visiting the Day-Timer and the AT-A-GLANCE Success Centers.

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From “Tinker Bell” to “The Twilight Zone”: ACCO Brands Wins Big with Calendars

ACCO Brands recognized by the Calendar Marketing Association with eight awards 

The Hobbit Calendar

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey™ 2013 Scroll Calendar

The Mead® and DayDream® calendar lines from ACCO Brands received multiple awards from the Calendar Marketing Association (CMA). The calendars took home a total of eight CMA Awards, including five gold awards, two bronze and an award of merit:

Poster Calendars:

  • Best Graphic Design: Doctor Who (gold)
  • Most Creative Marketing Application: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2013 Scroll Calendar (gold)

Retail Division:

  • Best Children’s Calendar: Nightmare Before Christmas (gold) and Tinker Bell (bronze)
  • Best Glamour Photography: Life Made Sweet (gold)
  • Most Creative Marketing Application: Marvel Comics (gold)
  • Most Original: Year One (bronze)
  • Best Graphic Design: The Twilight Zone (award of merit)

“We strive to identify current and timely themes and topics that truly resonate with today’s consumers. We then take those themes and develop innovative graphics, photography and copy around them, making each calendar unique and entertaining,” said Robert Shelek, Marketing Manager, Decorative Calendars at ACCO Brands. “These awards are indicators that we’re succeeding in making calendars with which consumers can identify and enjoy.” Continue reading

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Filing Taxes Stress-Free: It’s All About Organization

Planning and Productivity Experts at ACCO Brands Provide Tips on the Three P’s of Tax Organization: Planning, Paper and Process

Filing Federal and State taxes is a major task weighing in on many American’s to-do lists this time of year—and it’s one that is typically procrastinated upon. ACCO Brands is helping alleviate the stress of this annual endeavor with several tax organizing tips.

“Disorganization can be very costly to all of us, eating into our valuable time and causing heightened stress levels. Disorganized tax documents are no exception,” says Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “By getting organized and planning ahead, not only can filing your taxes be virtually stress-free, but it also could result in significant time and money savings.” Continue reading

Create & Keep Your 2013 Resolutions with this New Infographic

“Are you determined to find success?” That’s the question posed in this infographic released by ACCO Brands. The infographic, which is available for republication, outlines several interesting statistics surrounding the making—and breaking—of New Year resolutions and how individuals can better stick to these yearly aspirations.

“The start of a new year is a popular and opportune time for people to set fresh and promising goals for themselves,” says Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “Annual resolutions provide the desired destination; however, the problem for many is staying on the road in order to reach that destination.”

Resolutions 2013

Content for the infographic was developed by the planning and organizing experts at AT-A-GLANCE®, Day-Timer® and Day Runner®.

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Are the Holidays Wreaking Havoc on You? Get Organized and Take Control

Stay productive & stress-free for the entire holiday season by following these simple tips

At the midpoint of the holiday season, busy schedules and stress levels continue to rise. To help you survive and thrive during this holiday season, ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), a leader in branded office and consumer products and print finishing solutions, has several tips and tricks to help make yours memorable and stress-free.

“The holidays are a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy the season—however, this often gets lost in all the hustle and bustle associated with it,” says Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “The key is to capture lost time and use the time you do have efficiently and effectively.

“This is all easily accomplished through good planning and organizing,” she adds. Continue reading

Take the Stress Out of Holiday Shopping Through Productive Planning

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and more can be made easy, fun and stress-free with a few tips from ACCO Brands

With the start of the holiday season, stress levels are on the rise. This is particularly evident when it comes to holiday shopping, including Black Friday (Nov. 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 26). ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), a leader in branded office and consumer products and print finishing solutions, has applied its vast experience in planning and organizing to this annual endeavor in an effort to reduce the stress it so often creates.

To help consumers get the most from their experience, the makers of industry-leading
AT-A-GLANCE®, Day-Timer® and Day Runner® productivity tools have provided several holiday shopping tips. Ranging from creating a plan to working as a team, these are designed to streamline and enhance the entire experience and keep associated stress levels at bay. Continue reading