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Hit a Home Run to Start Out Your Day

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

It’s the beginning of another busy day. There’s a lot to get done and many decisions to be made with little time for either. Quite frankly, your list of tasks is becoming downright intimidating. Where do you even start?

I say approach it like a game show. Whether it’s “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” or “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” a question-and-answer format game usually starts small and works its way up. In other words, they start with a few “softball” questions that grow more difficult as the game progresses. This same process can be used to attack your to-do list.JBER Intramural Softball

When you start off with a softball task, you ensure yourself of knocking your first task of the day out of the park. Limited to 30 minutes or less, some examples of softball tasks could be cleaning your desk or office area, updating your calendar and planner for the day, returning phone calls or emails, and wrapping a gift or two (The holiday spirit got me on that one!).

These are all easily addressed tasks that, when accomplished right off the bat, will provide you with a feeling of achievement and give you the confidence you need to complete any task on your list. It’s important to start the day on the right foot. Being able to cross out an item on your checklist first thing gets the wheels in motion and provides motivation to attack that ever-growing to-do list.

You have to start somewhere before you can rack up daily accomplishments. A softball task is a perfect way to do it, paving the way for you to play “hardball” the rest of the day. So, what are you waiting for? Play Ball!

[photo by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson]

Don’t be a Turkey—Get More Done this Week

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

With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday, most of us are already facing “one of those weeks.” Despite the fun, festivities and traditions that come with it, typically this week represents hectic schedules, sometimes chaotic atmospheres and a general need for more hours in the day.

There are, of course, simple steps you can take to make the upcoming extended holiday weekend one of joy. It takes good planning a little discipline, but in the broad scope of things, it is well worth the effort.

Just like other weeks, you need to start each day creating a to-do list. The to-dos of this week, however, are certain to eclipse those of a typical week, so planning and prioritizing is a must. The best way to do this while saving plenty of time to actually enjoy Thanksgiving is to estimate and stick to task times. This will allow for a more precise daily schedule to be developed and followed. Continue reading