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Top 10 Tips to a Productive Holiday Season

To help you achieve maximum productivity and minimal stress this year, we’ve compiled our Top 10 tips for surviving and thriving during the holidays.More than any other time of the year, productivity and time management are put to the test during the holiday season. No matter if you’re St. Nick or Ebenezer Scrooge, stress associated with the holidays is all around you—at home, at work, on the road, in the grocery store…and don’t even think about the shopping malls!

Here at AT-A-GLANCE®, we’re all about increasing your productivity through solid planning and organization. These assets are of the utmost importance during this hustle-and-bustle season. To help you achieve maximum productivity and minimal stress this year, we’ve compiled our Top 10 tips for surviving and thriving during the holidays. Continue reading

To-do list by dmachiavello

Create a To-Do List that Works

Everyone wants to get a little more done each day. The truth is that you will achieve more once you discover a secret to more productivity—and it comes from preparing a better to-do list.

The to-do list is the simplest, most basic element of any planning system. Everyone makes lists at one time or another, whether it’s for the grocery store, school assignments or a wish list for Santa.

As you integrate planning into your lifestyle, you must embrace the daily to-do list. When used in combination with a weekly or monthly schedule, the daily to-do or task list forms the backbone of your personal planning system. Continue reading

Family Truckster by myoldpostcards

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.

[photo by myoldpostcards]

School Box by Patrick Q

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

Tips for Grads: Doing Your Post-College Job Search the Right Way

[Editor's note: Following is a guest blog post by Jeff Doubek]

Job Fair

Congratulations soon-to-be college graduates. Now get to work!

I know you’ve already heard it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and finding a job is no exception. But having an organized job search is your key to success.

Before you begin your search, you must fully commit to the big three major courses of action: Where, How and When Continue reading