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Messy Desk by Abu

Organize and Clean Your Workspace…You Could be a Winner!

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

As asked by Albert Einstein, “If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?” While all types of conclusions can be drawn here, the fact of the matter is a desk that is covered with loose files, paper, office supplies, cords and electronic gadgets will produce just one result: STRESS! Desks like the one pictured here do nothing but carve into your productivity and waste your time as you look for particular items.

All of this is at the core of National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Celebrated early in the New Year on the second Monday of January, the day offers a time for fresh starts, and your business and/or home offices are opportune places to make those fresh starts. While you may be dreading the dive into the piles of paperwork, periodicals and Post-it notes, there are a few simple steps you can take to achieve peace of mind and productive outcomes. Continue reading

GPS from Jobriga

Navigating the Highways and Byways of Goal Planning—Part 1

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

Are you too busy “living” life that you don’t take—or have—the time to “plan” for life? Whether you’re a business professional, an aspiring student or the CEO of your household, this is oftentimes the case, and when it rings true for you, how can you be assured of having the life that you really want?

Setting goals and planning for their achievement are important elements to successfully living the life you want. More often than not, the two are thought of separately, but it’s not uncommon for the “planning” stage to be overlooked when setting your goals, despite it being one of the most important parts of the process. The two need to merge onto the same road that leads to your future success. Continue reading

Happy New Year from ell brown

Make Your Resolutions Ring True in 5 Easy Steps

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

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already over a week into 2013! The start of a new year can be hectic on both a personal and professional level, to say the least. Add to this the tradition of making resolutions and the result is a bulkier task list, a busier schedule and, in some cases, encroachment into previously uncharted territories.

The good news is that with efficient planning and the application of solid organizational skills, you can definitively tackle all of these tasks and activities. Let’s start with your resolutions. Continue reading

Hit a Home Run to Start Out Your Day

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

It’s the beginning of another busy day. There’s a lot to get done and many decisions to be made with little time for either. Quite frankly, your list of tasks is becoming downright intimidating. Where do you even start?

I say approach it like a game show. Whether it’s “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” or “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” a question-and-answer format game usually starts small and works its way up. In other words, they start with a few “softball” questions that grow more difficult as the game progresses. This same process can be used to attack your to-do list.JBER Intramural Softball

When you start off with a softball task, you ensure yourself of knocking your first task of the day out of the park. Limited to 30 minutes or less, some examples of softball tasks could be cleaning your desk or office area, updating your calendar and planner for the day, returning phone calls or emails, and wrapping a gift or two (The holiday spirit got me on that one!).

These are all easily addressed tasks that, when accomplished right off the bat, will provide you with a feeling of achievement and give you the confidence you need to complete any task on your list. It’s important to start the day on the right foot. Being able to cross out an item on your checklist first thing gets the wheels in motion and provides motivation to attack that ever-growing to-do list.

You have to start somewhere before you can rack up daily accomplishments. A softball task is a perfect way to do it, paving the way for you to play “hardball” the rest of the day. So, what are you waiting for? Play Ball!

[photo by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson]

Get Your Task List Under Control in Five Easy Steps

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

With schedules filling up more quickly than ever and to-do lists growing beyond our control, it’s no wonder we are all feeling stretched a little thin. In fact, some of us, I’m sure, are to the point of being stretched to the point of breaking.

The culprit here is mismanagement—not only mismanagement of our time but also our task lists. All of us are guilty of creating lists that no person could ever accomplish. It’s human nature to bite off more than we can chew. This rings even more true during the holiday season.

So how do you properly manage your growing to-do lists? I have five simple recommendations that can help you create feasible and realistic tasks. Once you have your daily list in place, take these actions: Continue reading

Are Your Priorities in Question?

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

Prioritizing your tasks is essential if you want to accomplish your goals on a daily basis…and beyond. But like most to-do lists, every item is high priority in the owner’s eyes. So how do you determine which tasks are most imperative to accomplish?

You can start the prioritization process by asking yourself these five questions: Continue reading