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Waking Up Early vs Going to Bed Late

You either stay up late or get up early; everyone falls into one those two categories. Which do you belong to?  There are so many opinions saying one is better than the other, but as long as you’re getting everything done what’s the fuss about?

We did our own investigation to get answers from Jeremy, who wakes up early, and Natalee, who stays up late, to understand some of the differences between these two lifestyles. See what they think of their productivity and what they do with their time. It’s always fun to see how the other side lives!

Our answers from the early bird, Jeremy.

  • What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
    • I don’t like to waste the first part of my day, so I wake up and I like to have a cup of coffee before the sun comes up. The best part is not feeling rushed in the morning.
  • How early do you wake up?
    • 4:30AM
  •  What’s your favorite part about waking up early?
    • Coffee and then feed the cat. Sometimes it’s not in that order depending on how angry the cat is.
  • Do you still wake up early on the weekends?
    • Yes, but not as early. I’ll usually sleep in until 5 or 5:30.
  • Do you feel like you get more accomplished in your day by waking up early?
    • Yes, it gives me time to get caught up on the news, get to work early and get things done ahead of time.
  • How is your productivity at work?
    • My whole day is productive, but I feel most productive in the morning. Because I start out early, I can get focused and in the groove for the whole day. I don’t even have an afternoon hump like some people do, but once 5:30 hits I’m ready to be out of the office!
  • What do you do at times people typically don’t?
    • Whenever I need to do laundry, I always get it done before 5AM. If I’m into a book I like to read a few chapters before getting in the shower. Lastly, I’ll get on my work email occasionally at 4:30 and work a little bit; it lets me have a real time discussion with some co-workers in China.
  • How long have you been waking up early?
    • I started getting up at 5:30AM in college because I always worked out before my 8AM classes.
  • Some people say night owls are more creative, do you agree?
    • I disagree. My creative juices actually flow most in the morning. I think each person has their own level of creativity, and it hits them at whichever time is best for them.

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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

Learn how to keep your kids focused during the holiday season while encouraging their spirit with organization tools and tips from AT-A-GLANCE

6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Focused During the Holiday Season

When holiday ads start bombarding your children before Halloween, it can be difficult to keep their focus and attention on what’s important. Just ask yourself, which is more fun: Making a holiday wish list or studying for upcoming exams? Face it—it’s hard to compete.

But with the right organizational tools and planning, you can help your children maintain their schedules and end the year as successful students.

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System Error: Too Much Clutter!

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

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

Get Your Email—and the Clutter Within—Controlled

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

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:
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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