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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

The History of the Trapper Keeper

Oh Snap! The History of the Trapper Keeper

Trapper Keeper—a name that is on the short-list of iconic brands that have become a part of our everyday terminology.

“Hand me a Kleenex.”

“Go make a Xerox of this article.”

“Don’t put that Q-tip too far into your ear!!”

Yes, many of us have used the term “Trapper Keeper” when referring to a number of types of binders and notebooks. But rest assured, there’s only ONE Trapper Keeper!

And what an interesting story lies behind our favorite school portfolio. Erin McCarthy, deputy editor for the popular website MentalFloss.com, pulled together a great article outlining how the Trapper Keeper came to be the iconic figure it is today. We assure that you will learn something that you previously didn’t know about Trapper Keepers, so definitely give it a look: The History of the Trapper Keeper

Tell us: What kind of Trapper Keeper did you have?

Hybrid planning: digital plus paper

10 Apps to Save Busy Professionals Time

Editor’s Note: We welcome Elizabeth Bowman of Innovatively Organized as a guest blogger this week. In today’s digital world, we frequently discuss how the combination of paper and digital planning (i.e., hybrid planning) is an optimal path for most individuals to take in order to stay productive—Elizabeth was kind enough to provide us with her Top 10 tools to help you with that productivity when using your digital devices.

With all the productivity apps available to purchase and download, it’s common to experience app overload. How do you know which apps will actually help you save time? Over the years, our team has compiled a list of our top ten time saving apps. Continue reading

FREE STUFF! (We knew that would get your attention!)

Back to School with Five StarIt’s back-to-school season, and the shopping for new clothes and classroom supplies is well underway. We want to give one lucky reader an additional “boost” in their supply shopping—all we ask is for you to tell us a story.

And we don’t mean just any story—we want your best back-to-school story. Be it a funny experience at the office supply store or something memorable that happened on the first day of class last year, we’re all ears. We’re even interested in your favorite parts of back-to-school, and maybe your not-so-favorite parts.

The best “story” will receive a Five Star back-to-school prize pack with best-in-class supplies that are built strong to last long. The deadline for submitting stories on the AT-A-GLANCE Blog is Thursday, Aug. 1 at 12 Noon EDT.

Act fast and give us your best anecdote for back-to-school season. Good Luck!

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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