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Is Clutter Impacting Your Finances?

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

Whether it’s that buildup of paper all over your desk and floor or a backlog of e-mail in Outlook, disorganization and clutter are costing you dearly. When you lack organization in the workplace, at home and at school, it produces multiple negative results, like missed deadlines or appointments, for example. Even more importantly, this clutter can actually COST you time and money.

Believe it or not, there are actually many “costs” associated with clutter and the need to deal with it. In addition to heightened stress levels and the general discouragement you get from just looking at the piles of stuff, clutter has a direct impact on your wallet and bank account. 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

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Filing Taxes Stress-Free: It’s All About Organization

Planning and Productivity Experts at ACCO Brands Provide Tips on the Three P’s of Tax Organization: Planning, Paper and Process

Filing Federal and State taxes is a major task weighing in on many American’s to-do lists this time of year—and it’s one that is typically procrastinated upon. ACCO Brands is helping alleviate the stress of this annual endeavor with several tax organizing tips.

“Disorganization can be very costly to all of us, eating into our valuable time and causing heightened stress levels. Disorganized tax documents are no exception,” says Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “By getting organized and planning ahead, not only can filing your taxes be virtually stress-free, but it also could result in significant time and money savings.” Continue reading

Questions to Ask When Selecting YOUR Planner

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

When you make a purchase, it should be exactly what you want and need. Be it a large investment like a home or a vehicle, or something smaller like a kitchen appliance or pair of shoes, you always make sure the item meets your requirements and fulfills your ongoing needs. This is vital to remember when selecting a personal planner or organizer.

If you’ve ever shopped for a planner or organizer, you know that it’s oftentimes intimidating looking at the hundreds of different varieties. There is so much to examine and evaluate: sizes, formats and layouts, academic versus regular year, designs, colors…it’s no easy task, to say the least. And with the New Year just months away, this in-depth selection process is right around the corner for many of you. Continue reading

Get Organized: The Time is NOW!

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

Whether it’s that buildup of paper all over your desk and floor or a backlog of e-mail in Outlook, disorganization is costing you dearly. When you lack organization in the workplace and, in many cases, the home and school, it could lead to missed deadlines, wasted time and money, increased costs and, most importantly, higher stress levels.

Before you start your attack on this beast, always remember that there is no right or wrong way to get organized. Whatever works best for you is the answer. That said, to get you headed in the right direction, we have some tips that will help you start and continue this process.

  • Start with the “big picture” in mind. Figure out your priorities, and it will be easier to organize your things.
  • Use a planning and organizing system. Eliminate scraps of paper by keeping your calendars, schedules and to-do lists in a single binder or file on your electronic device or computer.
  • Invest time to plan each day, and make it a time when you’re least likely to be distracted.
  • Make appointments with yourself. Schedule your filing time, for instance, into your planner.
  • Batch the little things. It’s most efficient to do routine chores such as reading mail and filing all at once and then get on with your life.
  • Keep your primary work area free of clutter so you can concentrate. Move your “in” box away from that area to minimize distractions.

The key is to be sure to keep the “big picture” in mind at all times. After all, organization isn’t a destination—it’s a journey.

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