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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.

Use our tips below to keep your children focused amidst holiday lights, Christmas music and sugar-filled cookies Continue reading

Use the extra hour provided by the end of Daylight Savings Time 2013 to plan, organize and get productive

If Only I Had an Extra Hour…Oh Wait, I DO!

Early this Sunday—2 AM on November 3, to be precise—Daylight Savings Time for 2013 comes to an end, which means we get to “fall back” an hour. (I believe I just heard a collective sigh of relief from everyone…)

An extra hour in the day is any productivity expert’s dream. There is so much you can do with that time ranging from catching up on household chores to getting ahead with work projects…or just taking a little personal time. Any way you look at it, the extra hour is bound to help you and, in turn, your productivity in some way.

Have you thought about what you can do with your extra hour this Sunday? If not, or if you’re still undecided on how to best use your time, we’ve provided 13 suggestions for 2013 that will help you take advantage of this small gift of time. Continue reading

Digital or Paper Planning: Why Not Both?

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

“Many people see technology as the problem behind the so-called digital divide. Others see it as the solution. Technology is neither. It must operate in conjunction with business, economic, political and social system.”

This is how former HP CEO Carly Fiorina looks at technology, and I think it’s safe to say that the same can be said about planning. Is technology the best platform for keeping calendars and notes, or is a paper system your best bet? Like Carly said, it’s neither.

Hybrid by M 93

Certainly, all of us have a preference or system of planning and organizing that works best. In fact, many people who say they are completely digital in these respects may not realize that written notes, reminders and to-do lists place them in the “paper” category as well. Herein lies the dilemma when choosing a planning system: Do you want the flexible nature of paper planning, or are you enticed by the speed of digital solutions?

Why not simply use both—it’s what we like to call a hybrid. Continue reading

Journaling by Tim McFarlane

Journaling: Therapy for the Cluttered Mind

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Captain Cook. Ronald Reagan. Kurt Cobain. John Boy from The Walton’s. What do these people have in common? They all kept personal journals.

There are many reasons why these famous individuals kept journals, and there is equally as many reasons why you should consider keeping one, too. The benefits that journaling provides are plentiful, both on a personal level and in a business environment. Continue reading

Make a Note of It…and WRITE it Down

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

Note Taker by starmanseries

Throughout every facet of life, note-taking plays a role. What better reason to make sure your note-taking techniques are optimized because, after all, what good are notes that contain information you can’t understand or retain?

While everyone has their preferences on how to keep notes, we always like to point out one simple fact. Studies have consistently shown that when you write things out on paper, such as your notes, your retention of that information skyrockets versus typing or audio recording them as you go. Again, you may have your own technique for note-taking that is equally effective—we encourage you to use whichever works best for your style. Continue reading