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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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School’s Out—Time for Back-to-School Shopping Already?

Here at AT-A-GLANCE, we’re always looking for ways to make your planning and organizing efforts run smoothly and more efficiently. We also want to make sure these efforts permeate every facet of your life—work, home, school, family…you name it.

We want to help you achieve maximum productivity. And why not save you a buck or two in the process?

We’ve created a new section on the AT-A-GLANCE Blog where we’re able to pass along the best deals and promotions we have to offer. For example, this is the final week to take advantage of our End of School Blowout! School may have just ended, but you can get a jump on next year by doing some of your back-to-school shopping right now—and you’ll save 30% and receive FREE SHIPPING! Continue reading

Tax Time

Tips to Get You Out of the Tax Time Crunch

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

It may be late in the game, but the cold, hard facts are these: Tax day is less than a week away, and if you’ve yet to file your return, you’re not alone in the procrastination pool.

While that’s not necessarily a comforting thought, it’s not uncommon for many Americans to wait until the last minute to file their taxes. If you’ve procrastinated this long, panic is certain to be setting in. But all hope is not lost—with a little planning and organization, you can get your return in under-the-wire. Continue reading

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Making Cluttered Tax Documents a Thing of the Past

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

Getting your home office organized and straightened up—and keeping it that way—is a year-long task. A perfect example is tax documentation. While many of the forms and statements for your annual return generally arrive in January and February, other documents that are important to the process filter in during the entire 12 months of the year.

Be it medical receipts or statements from making charitable donations, the paperwork needed for your tax return is continuously on the rise. In order to keep your living and working space from being littered with these papers, you must plan accordingly and establish a process. Let’s look at these in more detail. 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

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Make Your Resolutions Ring True in 5 Easy Steps

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

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already over a week into 2013! The start of a new year can be hectic on both a personal and professional level, to say the least. Add to this the tradition of making resolutions and the result is a bulkier task list, a busier schedule and, in some cases, encroachment into previously uncharted territories.

The good news is that with efficient planning and the application of solid organizational skills, you can definitively tackle all of these tasks and activities. Let’s start with your resolutions. Continue reading