Tag Archives: back-to-school

4 Must-Know Steps for Following Through

Planner and iPhone by koalazymonkeyBelow are the steps to making a powerful list that will offer you confidence that you are doing what you need to be doing, when you need to be doing it.

1) Write your list

Your first step is to write down all the tasks you can foresee having to do today and in the future—this is your master task list. Tasks that you don’t see doing anytime soon can be put on a “Someday” list.

Once you’ve chosen the specific tasks you wish to accomplish today, write them in your planner and organize your list by context. Simply put your work tasks at the top, your home tasks at the bottom and any errands or on-the-go tasks in the middle of your list. Some individuals like to go a step further and differentiate their contexts by using different colored inks.

2) Categorize your tasks by urgency and importance

This is an important step because it ultimately determines the path of your productivity.

Categorize your tasks with a coding system, using letters and numbers:

  • Scan through your list and select items that absolutely must be done today. Assign those the letter A. Be sure to be selective here—these are strictly time-sensitive tasks that must get done today.
  • Review the list for tasks that need to get done and assign the letter B to those. While not urgent, B-level tasks include the most important steps you take toward reaching your goals. You must get them done, but you won’t suffer consequences if they’re not completed today.
  • Put the letter C by items that are neither urgent nor important. These are items you want to do, but they can wait for another day. C-level tasks are the expendable part of your daily plan.

3) Give your tasks order

Now, number your tasks. Number each task in an order that suits your daily flow. Take into consideration your own patterns of productivity, daily energy swings, anticipated locations, and how one task affects another.

As you complete your list organization, it’s important to keep in mind that new tasks will undoubtedly pop up as you go about your day. Use the A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s of your list as a decision scale for choosing where this new task fits in. For example, you may have to decide if returning a phone call (a “B” task) is more important than meeting a project deadline (an “A” task).

4) Follow through on your list

The final step in prioritizing your list deals with your own behavior as you go through the day. The best course of action is for you to honor the priorities you’ve assigned to your tasks. By being impeccable with your word, you will enjoy better productivity and balance in your life.

Let us know if this method of prioritization works for you, and be sure to include new tips of your own.

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

 

Keep Your Family Calendar Balanced for Back-to-School

Keep Your Family Calendar Balanced for Back-to-School

Back-to-school is not only one of the toughest times to get your family organized, but it’s also the most important time to be organized.

There’s one tool you can use during back-to-school season that will outshine all the others.

It’s the trusty family calendar, and it can easily become the most important tool in the house. Continue reading

Create a homework routine

Create the Right Back-to-School Homework Routines

Good news for back-to-school time. You can get your kids to do their homework without constant prodding. It’s not as hard as it you’d think.

It starts by teaching them a few easy time management skills. Try these essential back-to-school homework tips to help make it happen. Continue reading

Teacher Says: These are the Supplies You Need

As back-to-school supply lists continue to be filled, many parents are asking, what are the best products for my children? What features should they include? In addition to the items on the supply lists, what else should my kids have for this school year?

Who better to answer those questions than a teacher! In the following video from New Day NW in Seattle, one teacher shares his Top 5 supplies that every student should have, no matter the grade or level of schooling.

For more on school supplies for your kids, visit the AT-A-GLANCE website. And for tips on planning, organizing and productivity for you and your student, check out our Success Center.

Here’s to a GREAT 2013-14 school year!

Submit your first day of school photos and win

Say Cheeeeeeeese!

Everyone takes pictures of their kids on the first day of school, right? Maybe those pictures can make you a winner!

Submit a photo of your child(ren) taken on their first day of school this year and send it to robert.sadowski@acco.com. Include your first name, your child’s first name, the grade they are entering and a subject line with “Photo Contest” included. We will be posting each one to our Facebook page so friends and family can see the photo—be sure to show off your new school supplies!

We will draw two winners at random to receive some Five Star back-to-school goodies. This contest ends Friday, Aug. 23 at 12 Noon EDT. Good luck!

[photo by libookperson]

Recommended by Professional Organizers, Enter to Win Your Own WallMates Today!

I’ve talked about WallMates dry-erase surfaces in the past and provided detailed information on why they are the best wall organizing solution for most homes and offices. But why take my word for it?Use WallMates at home, in the office or at school

The professional organizers at Matt Baier Organizing recently reviewed WallMates, providing an informative and positive report. As stated in their review, “The WallMate is the difference between ‘We should hang a whiteboard’ and ‘We HAVE a whiteboard.’ I recommend it.” Read the complete review on the Matt Baier Organizing Blog.

There are so many options available when using a WallMates dry-erase surface. For example, being in the midst of back-to-school season, we’ve seen them in student lockers and as the “central schedule” in many households.

How would you use WallMates? Give us your unique and innovative ideas and you could win a back-to-school prize pack featuring your very own WallMates.

Deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 16 at 12 Noon EDT. Don’t wait any longer—get “stuck” on WallMates today. Good luck!