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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?

Fall Cleaning Your Life

Bob Sadowski:

Fall cleaning: It’s a necessity if you want to stay organized and productive. This great post by Adina Wollam will help you get the cleaning started in all aspects of your life. What are your biggest fall cleaning tasks?

Originally posted on #PiratePsych:

autumn cleaning

            Autumn takes us inside. We’re closing things up, settling down, looking inward – all in preparation for the new beginnings of spring.

Everyone knows about spring cleaning. Many of you, like me, probably do fall cleaning, too. Get the house prepared for the coming season, right? What about getting the rest of your life prepared?

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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!

Tips for Grads: Doing Your Post-College Job Search the Right Way

[Editor's note: Following is a guest blog post by Jeff Doubek]

Job Fair

Congratulations soon-to-be college graduates. Now get to work!

I know you’ve already heard it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and finding a job is no exception. But having an organized job search is your key to success.

Before you begin your search, you must fully commit to the big three major courses of action: Where, How and When 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