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Planning for July 4th

Follow these tips and suggestions this Fourth of July for an exciting holiday!

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If You’re Hosting A Party:

Having a get together with friends and family is always fun, and properly planning for it will make it even more enjoyable for you and your guests! Here are some tips to get the most out of planning for your party.

  • Create a budget and stick to it! Budgets may seem like a drag, so to keep costs low think of how many people you’re inviting, how crazy your decorations will be, and if your guests should bring a side and beverage.
  • Pick a theme for your party! Come on, you can do better than just red, white, 4th Cupcakesand blue napkins! See these party ideas on our Pinterest board to spark your creativity.
  • Plan the meal in advance. This will help you keep on budget and give you time to figure out how much food you need to buy so you don’t run out or have too much.
  • For common entrees like burgers and hot dogs, the average adult eats a third of a pound burger and a hot dog while kids generally eat one hot-dog.
  • For other references on meal planning for a party see these tips from AllRecipes.
  • Having lots of people over? Consider buying pre-pattied hamburgers.
  • Do your guests have any allergies?

Have A Game Plan:

The game plan is like your master schedule. If you master your game plan your party won’t be as stressful, and you can have a great time enjoying the fourth with all your guests!

  • When do invitations go out?
  • When is your big grocery field trip?
  • When are decorations put up?Grilling
  • What will be on your music playlist for the party?
  • Having out of town guests? Get their rooms prepped
  • What time do you need to start grilling?
  • When are your guests arriving?
  • What games and activities will be done first?
  • Unfortunately, the party will have to end at some point – when is that?
  • Think about your clean up schedule – who in your family is in charge of which area?

 If You’re Attending A Party:

We don’t blame you for not hosting a party – it’s a lot of work, but remember these things when attending:

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  • Don’t forget to bring the host a gift! Show the host how much you appreciate them for putting the party together.
  • If you’re supposed to bring food, ask what other people are bringing so there aren’t 5 chips and dips.
  • We suggest taking a homemade dish – it gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills!
  • Ask how many guests are attending the party so you make the perfect amount of your secret family recipe.

If You’re Watching Fireworks:

  • Scout out the best parking spot a few days before the fireworks.
  • Don’t forget to pack blankets and chairs!
  • You can never bring too many snacks.

No matter what your plans are this July Fourth, make sure to include it in your planner and have a game plan. Have a fantastic and safe holiday!

Happy 4th

Top 10 Tips to a Productive Holiday Season

To help you achieve maximum productivity and minimal stress this year, we’ve compiled our Top 10 tips for surviving and thriving during the holidays.More than any other time of the year, productivity and time management are put to the test during the holiday season. No matter if you’re St. Nick or Ebenezer Scrooge, stress associated with the holidays is all around you—at home, at work, on the road, in the grocery store…and don’t even think about the shopping malls!

Here at AT-A-GLANCE®, we’re all about increasing your productivity through solid planning and organization. These assets are of the utmost importance during this hustle-and-bustle season. To help you achieve maximum productivity and minimal stress this year, we’ve compiled our Top 10 tips for surviving and thriving during the holidays. Continue reading

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 2—Build Your Bridge

Last week, we introduced you to a simple goal-setting method that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. It’s called “Building the Bridge.” Following is Part 2 of the four-part series.

In this section, we’ll discuss the step of actually building the bridge, the activity from where the name of this whole plan comes.

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 2—Build Your BridgeOnce your goals are set as we did in Step One—Start Your Goal Smart—the next step is to find your way to the actual daily activities you’ll use to achieve your goal.

That brings us to Step Two: Building the bridge.

Between your goals and tasks are the intermediate steps, the building blocks that make up the various ways you’re going to get your goal done. So, for example, if your goal involves saving money, you need to discuss the ways you’re going to do it.

Ask yourself, “How can I achieve this goal?” and then write down all the answers that come to mind. Use a fresh page in your notebook or planner for each goal. Continue reading

SMART Goal Planning

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 1—Start the Smarter Way

Are you in goal-setting limbo? Your goals are set but you’re no closer to them than you were the day before. It’s probably not your fault. Most people don’t know how to properly set goals and work toward them every day.

Here’s a simple goal-setting method you can use called “Building the Bridge” that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. Let’s begin with Step 1: Start Your Goal Smart.

This is where the SMART goal setting practice comes into play. You’ve probably heard about it before and that’s because it works. Besides the obvious, the word “SMART” stands for a series of words that should comprise a properly defined goal. Continue reading

How to Turn Plans into Action

So you’ve made yourself a plan—now what? Your ability to take action on your plan is just as important as the planning process itself. As the old saying goes, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

We love it when plans come together

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The planning process is your launching pad for achieving success. Here are some guidelines for turning your plan into action and getting better results:

Make a Better Plan
Developing a strong plan of attack is the cornerstone of getting done what you seek to accomplish. Plan thoroughly, making certain that your planning process includes the following Continue reading

Home Office by Matthew Oliphant

Creating a Home Office that Works for You

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

Are you ready to start your dream business right from your own home? Or have you been given the flexibility to work remotely for your job? Whichever the case, the establishment of a functional home office is needed. Following are several things to consider in making sure your home office works for you: Continue reading