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Capitalizing on the strengths of paper and digital planning tools, a hybrid system gives you the best of both worlds while avoiding the pitfalls associated with either of the mediums

Best of 2013: Digital or Paper Planning—Why Not Both?

First, everyone at AT-A-GLANCE would like to thank you for following our blog throughout 2013 and providing excellent input on our posts and content. This is YOUR blog as much as it is ours, so never hesitate to give us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on organizing, productivity and planning.

Second, we want to highlight the most popular post of 2013—and, as it turns out, one of the most popular topics year in and year out. This post—Digital or Paper Planning: Why Not Both?—looks at the strengths of both planning systems and gives you the foundation for starting your own “hybrid” approach. Enjoy and let us know your own thoughts on the best planning systems. Continue reading

Back-to-school means you need to get organized

Tips to Get Families, Students Organized for Back-to-School…and Beyond

AT-A-GLANCE helps productivity prevail during the 2013-14 school year

The back-to-school season is underway, and the preparations taken for getting back to the classroom are plentiful. To help with this transition, the planning and organizing experts from AT-A-GLANCE® have compiled tips for families and students of all ages.

“All the talk about back-to-school typically revolves around shopping for supplies and new clothes—and the costs associated with them,” says Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “However, the true cost of this annual endeavor is time and how it’s lost due to lack of proper planning and organization.”

To help families and students get through this process in a productive and efficient manner, AT-A-GLANCE suggests taking the following steps 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

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Duly Noted: Seven Tips for Productive Note-Taking

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

Note-taking plays an important role in everyone’s life, no matter age, profession or background. Think about it: We take notes during meetings, when we’re on the telephone, while we’re out-and-about, in a classroom or professional development setting…the list goes on and on.

Unfortunately, as a result of these many note-taking opportunities, there are plenty of actual jottings and scribbling that are distributed among notebooks, planners, Post-it® notes and loose sheets of paper. This is all the more reason to make sure your note-taking techniques are effective and efficient.

Just like other facets of planning and organizing, there is no one-size-fits-all method to note-taking. However, there are many similar components that are common among methods which have stood the test of time and lead to higher productivity. 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

Note Taking Can Be Habit Forming

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

The importance of good note-taking cannot be emphasized enough—that’s why it is a frequent topic of discussion among planners and organizers. That said, it must also be stressed that just as important as taking notes is the WAY you take those notes.

Much like the information in your calendars and journals, notes should be well-organized in order to best use them for future planning and productivity. You need to get in the habit of creating and compiling your notes in a consistent manner so that it becomes second nature.

Here are a few quick tips to help you create those habits: Continue reading