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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

Navigating the Highways and Byways of Goal Planning—Part 4: Detours, Milestones and Keeping an Eye on the Road

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

We are about to embark on the final leg of our goal planning journey. Thus far, we’ve explored how to determine your destination, creating a route to get there, and beginning the actual journey. Now, we need to look at the potential detours and milestones you hit along the way.

Detour by amslerPIXDetours, Milestones and More

As I’ve mentioned previously, there will be detours as you continue the journey to your destination of meeting your goals. What will these detours look like and where will they take you? It’s hard to tell, as most are unanticipated and, therefore, out-of-sight and out-of-mind. What you do know is that you need to keep adapting, despite the road hazards that are thrown at you.

Do this by updating your itinerary to address and overcome these detours. Don’t make changes to make things easier on you, as some journeys are definitely tough ones, but rather add or remove pieces that directly affect your end-goal. Use the example of a GPS. When you come across a closed road, an accident that is backing up traffic or you need to make an unscheduled pit stop, the GPS “recalculates” the route in order to still get you to your destination in an efficient and effective manner. Keep your goals in a place you can review and update. Goals are ever-evolving. Continue reading

Navigating the Highways and Byways of Goal Planning—Part 3: Take to the Road

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

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The route to your destination has been laid out in Part 2 of this four-part series designed to help you achieve the life you want through effective goal planning. Now it’s time to hit the road! Actually initiating your trip is often a hurdle in itself, so remember the wise words of Mark Twain to get you going: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

As you make final preparations to embark on your journey, be sure to get yourself “road ready.” That is, take a few easy steps to help ensure a smooth trip with minimal detours. Continue reading

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Navigating the Highways and Byways of Goal Planning—Part 2: Mapping the Route

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

Setting goals and planning for their achievement are important elements to successfully living the life you want. In Part 1 of this four-part series, we looked at the first step you need to take in order to make this happen: determining your destination. It’s impossible to set and reach your goals if you don’t know where you’re going, so we provided some insight and tips to help you out. In Part 2, we’re getting out the map and laying out the best route to take in order to reach your goals by asking you questions that will help shape your entire journey. Continue reading