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Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 2—Build Your Bridge

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.

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 2—Build Your BridgeOnce 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 notebook or planner for each goal. Continue reading

SMART Goal Planning

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 1—Start the Smarter Way

Are you in goal-setting limbo? Your goals are set but you’re no closer to them than you were the day before. It’s probably not your fault. Most people don’t know how to properly set goals and work toward them every day.

Here’s a simple goal-setting method you can use called “Building the Bridge” that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. Let’s begin with Step 1: Start Your Goal Smart.

This is where the SMART goal setting practice comes into play. You’ve probably heard about it before and that’s because it works. Besides the obvious, the word “SMART” stands for a series of words that should comprise a properly defined goal. Continue reading

Back-to-School Organization Tips

The ABCs to Getting Organized for Back-to-School!

[Editor’s note: Following is a guest blog post by Leslie Josel]

Back-to-School is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to take stock and get your student organized for the new school year. Here are some sure fire tips for starting off the school year on the right track.

Use an academic planner to stay organized. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar, make sure your planner is set up as a grid system so you can see your week at a glance. Record all your after school activities, weekend commitments, class assignments and projects so you can “visualize” your available time to get your homework and studying done. Include a row in the planner for “Organizing” so that you can plan your locker, knapsack and binder clean outs. Maintenance is key to getting AND staying organized. Continue reading

Plannerisms.com: AT-A-GLANCE Planning Notebooks

This blog post and review is republished with permission from www.plannerisms.com and Laurie Huff. To view the original post, visit http://www.plannerisms.com/2013/04/at-glance-planning-notebooks.html.

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.

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Navigating the Highways and Byways of Goal Planning—Part 4: Detours, Milestones and Keeping an Eye on the Road

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

We are about to embark on the final leg of our goal planning journey. Thus far, we’ve explored how to determine your destination, creating a route to get there, and beginning the actual journey. Now, we need to look at the potential detours and milestones you hit along the way.

Detour by amslerPIXDetours, Milestones and More

As I’ve mentioned previously, there will be detours as you continue the journey to your destination of meeting your goals. What will these detours look like and where will they take you? It’s hard to tell, as most are unanticipated and, therefore, out-of-sight and out-of-mind. What you do know is that you need to keep adapting, despite the road hazards that are thrown at you.

Do this by updating your itinerary to address and overcome these detours. Don’t make changes to make things easier on you, as some journeys are definitely tough ones, but rather add or remove pieces that directly affect your end-goal. Use the example of a GPS. When you come across a closed road, an accident that is backing up traffic or you need to make an unscheduled pit stop, the GPS “recalculates” the route in order to still get you to your destination in an efficient and effective manner. Keep your goals in a place you can review and update. Goals are ever-evolving. Continue reading

Navigating the Highways and Byways of Goal Planning—Part 3: Take to the Road

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


The route to your destination has been laid out in Part 2 of this four-part series designed to help you achieve the life you want through effective goal planning. Now it’s time to hit the road! Actually initiating your trip is often a hurdle in itself, so remember the wise words of Mark Twain to get you going: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

As you make final preparations to embark on your journey, be sure to get yourself “road ready.” That is, take a few easy steps to help ensure a smooth trip with minimal detours. Continue reading