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 →
It’s the pot of gold at the end of the time management rainbow: Success. We seek this state of being where we feel in control of our lives, accomplishing our goals and dreams and living in a harmonious balance of work and home. Time management is the means to this end.
In its simplest meaning, time management concentrates our efforts toward the most positive outcome. It puts life in focus, by the minute, by the day, by the month and by the year.
For this reason your day planner becomes more than just a task list and a calendar—it becomes a tool for time management success. Continue reading →
ACCO Brands recognized by the Calendar Marketing Association with eight awards
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:
Best Graphic Design: Doctor Who (gold)
Most Creative Marketing Application: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey™ 2013 Scroll Calendar (gold)
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 →
AT-A-GLANCE has a whole range of Planning Notebooks that are an excellent hybrid of a notebook and a dated planner. They sent me two Planning Notebooks to review, the Perfect Bound Medium Lined with Monthly Calendars on the left and the Planning Notebook with Circle the Date on the right.
It’s nearly impossible to completely escape clutter. Whether it’s a junk drawer, the in-box at work or a stack of newspapers near the front door, clutter somehow makes its presence felt.
This clutter, in turn, leads to stress, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and unproductive. Unfortunately, there is carry-over of these negativities from work to home and vice versa. The result is a breakdown of an ideal work/life balance. Continue reading →
Ever since the first tolling of “ You’ve Got Mail” from America Online, email has become a standard part of our lives, both personally and in business. Checking email has become a typical part of everyday life. For example, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, more than 90 percent of Internet users between 18 and 72 said they send and receive email, making it the top online activity just ahead of search engines. Another example: According to a study by the American Management Association, U.S. workers spend an average of 1 hour and 47 minutes per day dealing with email alone.
We could produce statistic after statistic saying the same thing. But the bottom line is this:
Email is a part of nearly everyone’s life. The problem is that it’s also becoming a burden to time management and productivity. One of the culprits behind this is email clutter.
No, clutter isn’t restricted to your living space or place of work—it’s present in the digital world, too. There are several things you can do to keep a cluttered email box from ruling your day and getting back to a productive, well-managed lifestyle and workday: Continue reading →