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Spring into Cleaning and Decluttering with 10 Easy Tips

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

Spring Cleaning by BooleanRadley

Spring is in the air (finally!). The flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are chirping—and it’s all telling you to get rid of the clutter that surrounds you. Are you ready?

Spring cleaning offers you a great time to declutter your life, and if done well it can set the tone for your whole year.

What few people realize is that not only is the spring a great time to clean and organize, but it’s also the best time to reduce and remove the amount of clutter in your life.

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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

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