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Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 4--Get on Schedule

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 4—Get on Schedule

It’s been an enjoyable and educational journey over the last three weeks as we’ve broken down a simple goal-setting method that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. We call it “Building the Bridge”—and today, we’re providing the final installment of this four-part series.

In Part 4, we help you make goal-related tasks a meaningful part of your everyday life. We call this important step, “Getting on Schedule.”

In the previous step, called “Break it Down,” you created an action list for each goal. Now, using a monthly calendar, you can integrate these goal-related tasks into your daily and weekly planner schedules. Continue reading

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 3—Break It Down

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 3—Break It Down

For the past two weeks, we’ve looked at 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 3 of the four-part series.

In this section of our goal-setting series, we get down to the real meat and bones: the formation of tasks that will inspire action. We call this important step “Breaking It Down.”

It shouldn’t surprise you that procrastination is the root of most failed goals. Getting started is half the battle. And, when it comes to goals, most procrastination comes from either one of three causes:

  1. You don’t know where to begin
  2. The task seems too big and daunting
  3. You’re not motivated to do the work

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Three Day Planner Tips for Improving Time Management

It’s the pot of gold at the end of the time management rainbow: Success. We seek this state of being where we feel in control of our lives, accomplishing our goals and dreams and living in a harmonious balance of work and home. Time management is the means to this end.

In its simplest meaning, time management concentrates our efforts toward the most positive outcome. It puts life in focus, by the minute, by the day, by the month and by the year.

For this reason your day planner becomes more than just a task list and a calendar—it becomes a tool for time management success. 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

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In a Rut? Get Out and Stay Out!

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

Ever feel like you’re stuck? It could be an overwhelming list of tasks keeping you from making progress. Maybe you’ve fallen victim to procrastination. Or you simply may be burned out and hit a wall. Whatever the case, becoming aware that you’re in a rut is half the battle. The other half is getting—and keeping—yourself out of that rut.

Feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by tasks at hand will drop you in a rut every time. The first step to stop and prevent this from happening is taking control of your task list. You can do this in three easy steps: Continue reading

The Grass-Catcher List: Never Lose a Good Idea Again

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

No matter how skilled or thorough you are as a planner and organizer, small things are bound to get by you from time to time. Don’t fret—it happens to the best of us!

Similarly, during the planning process, there always seem to be one or two items on your to-do list that just don’t belong. They can’t really be grouped or categorized with other items or topics, or they are simply minor in nature compared to your more highly prioritized items. Nevertheless, they still hold some importance to you and could be diamonds in the rough, so it’s not wise to totally discount them from your planning.

How do you make sure you capture these things and avoid losing them into the void? Create a grass-catcher list.

Much like the bag on your lawnmower, this grass-catcher list contains a little bit of everything. Just as the mower picks up grass trimmings, leaves, small rocks and anything else in the yard, this list is non-exclusive and a perfect place for your miscellaneous tasks or to-dos, as mentioned above. Continue reading