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Planner and iPhone by koalazymonkey

Combine Digital and Paper Planning Tools for the Best of Both Worlds

Your paper and digital planning tools can combine to create a powerful hybrid planning system. The key to successfully using them is to capitalize on the strengths of each tool.

Digital tools offer a mechanical advantage. They simplify the management of planning data by making storage, collaboration and organization all easy, push-button processes. On the other hand, paper provides a more human experience, which compliments the personalized nature of planning. Paper and pen inspire creativity and emotionalism  perfect for defining and pursuing your dreams and goals.

Your reasons will differ for using a paper and digital planning system. Some do it by necessity—their business uses Microsoft Outlook but they still enjoy using a paper day planner. Others are evolutionary types who enjoy digital technology such as the iPhone, yet find planning more effective on paper.

Planning is never a one-size-fits-all process, so you must find which tools work best for your individual needs. Continue reading

Home Office by Matthew Oliphant

Creating a Home Office that Works for You

By Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce & Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands

Are you ready to start your dream business right from your own home? Or have you been given the flexibility to work remotely for your job? Whichever the case, the establishment of a functional home office is needed. Following are several things to consider in making sure your home office works for you: Continue reading

Messy Desk by Alan Cleaver

Seven Easy Tips to Declutter Your Busy Work Space

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

If it feels like a mountain is standing in the way of your goals, it could mean you have a clutter problem.

Most will tell you that a lack of organization holds them back from reaching their potential. That’s why decluttering your work space is a must for you and everyone else wanting to increase their productivity.

Start by facing the clutter in your most frequently-used work spaces. Continue reading

Digital or Paper Planning: Why Not Both?

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

“Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system.”

This is how former HP CEO Carly Fiorina looks at technology, and I think it’s safe to say that the same can be said about planning. Is technology the best platform for keeping calendars and notes, or is a paper system your best bet? Like Carly said, it’s neither.

Hybrid by M 93

Certainly, all of us have a preference or system of planning and organizing that works best. In fact, many people who say they are completely digital in these respects may not realize that written notes, reminders and to-do lists place them in the “paper” category as well. Herein lies the dilemma when choosing a planning system: Do you want the flexible nature of paper planning, or are you enticed by the speed of digital solutions?

Why not simply use both—it’s what we like to call a hybrid. Continue reading

Journaling by Tim McFarlane

Journaling: Therapy for the Cluttered Mind

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Captain Cook. Ronald Reagan. Kurt Cobain. John Boy from The Walton’s. What do these people have in common? They all kept personal journals.

There are many reasons why these famous individuals kept journals, and there is equally as many reasons why you should consider keeping one, too. The benefits that journaling provides are plentiful, both on a personal level and in a business environment. Continue reading

Make a Note of It…and WRITE it Down

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

Note Taker by starmanseries

Throughout every facet of life, note-taking plays a role. What better reason to make sure your note-taking techniques are optimized because, after all, what good are notes that contain information you can’t understand or retain?

While everyone has their preferences on how to keep notes, we always like to point out one simple fact. Studies have consistently shown that when you write things out on paper, such as your notes, your retention of that information skyrockets versus typing or audio recording them as you go. Again, you may have your own technique for note-taking that is equally effective—we encourage you to use whichever works best for your style. Continue reading