You either stay up late or get up early; everyone falls into one those two categories. Which do you belong to? There are so many opinions saying one is better than the other, but as long as you’re getting everything done what’s the fuss about?
We did our own investigation to get answers from Jeremy, who wakes up early, and Natalee, who stays up late, to understand some of the differences between these two lifestyles. See what they think of their productivity and what they do with their time. It’s always fun to see how the other side lives!
Our answers from the early bird, Jeremy.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I don’t like to waste the first part of my day, so I wake up and I like to have a cup of coffee before the sun comes up. The best part is not feeling rushed in the morning.
How early do you wake up?
What’s your favorite part about waking up early?
Coffee and then feed the cat. Sometimes it’s not in that order depending on how angry the cat is.
Do you still wake up early on the weekends?
Yes, but not as early. I’ll usually sleep in until 5 or 5:30.
Do you feel like you get more accomplished in your day by waking up early?
Yes, it gives me time to get caught up on the news, get to work early and get things done ahead of time.
How is your productivity at work?
My whole day is productive, but I feel most productive in the morning. Because I start out early, I can get focused and in the groove for the whole day. I don’t even have an afternoon hump like some people do, but once 5:30 hits I’m ready to be out of the office!
What do you do at times people typically don’t?
Whenever I need to do laundry, I always get it done before 5AM. If I’m into a book I like to read a few chapters before getting in the shower. Lastly, I’ll get on my work email occasionally at 4:30 and work a little bit; it lets me have a real time discussion with some co-workers in China.
How long have you been waking up early?
I started getting up at 5:30AM in college because I always worked out before my 8AM classes.
Some people say night owls are more creative, do you agree?
I disagree. My creative juices actually flow most in the morning. I think each person has their own level of creativity, and it hits them at whichever time is best for them.
Follow these tips and suggestions this Fourth of July for an exciting holiday!
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, and 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?
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:
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!
By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands
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By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands
With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday, most of us are already facing “one of those weeks.” Despite the fun, festivities and traditions that come with it, typically this week represents hectic schedules, sometimes chaotic atmospheres and a general need for more hours in the day.
There are, of course, simple steps you can take to make the upcoming extended holiday weekend one of joy. It takes good planning a little discipline, but in the broad scope of things, it is well worth the effort.
Just like other weeks, you need to start each day creating a to-do list. The to-dos of this week, however, are certain to eclipse those of a typical week, so planning and prioritizing is a must. The best way to do this while saving plenty of time to actually enjoy Thanksgiving is to estimate and stick to task times. This will allow for a more precise daily schedule to be developed and followed. Continue reading →