When we talk about productivity, it usually takes the slant of personal habits and processes that can enhance an individual’s ability to get the most out of every day. But what about multiple people or a team of colleagues working together in an office environment? Isn’t their productivity as a whole just as important?
As the saying goes, there is no “I” in “TEAM.” While it is helpful and actually quite necessary for individuals to be productive on their own personal levels, it’s imperative that this productivity spills over and is shared by the entire team.
Here are 10 tips you can use in your office to help maximize productivity on both a personal and group level Continue reading →
Last week, we introduced you to a simple goal-setting method that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. It’s called “Building the Bridge.” Following is Part 2 of the four-part series.
In this section, we’ll discuss the step of actually building the bridge, the activity from where the name of this whole plan comes.
Once your goals are set as we did in Step One—Start Your Goal Smart—the next step is to find your way to the actual daily activities you’ll use to achieve your goal.
That brings us to Step Two: Building the bridge.
Between your goals and tasks are the intermediate steps, the building blocks that make up the various ways you’re going to get your goal done. So, for example, if your goal involves saving money, you need to discuss the ways you’re going to do it.
Ask yourself, “How can I achieve this goal?” and then write down all the answers that come to mind. Use a fresh page in your notebookor plannerfor each goal. Continue reading →
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 →