When holiday ads start bombarding your children before Halloween, it can be difficult to keep their focus and attention on what’s important. Just ask yourself, which is more fun: Making a holiday wish list or studying for upcoming exams? Face it—it’s hard to compete.
But with the right organizational tools and planning, you can help your children maintain their schedules and end the year as successful students.
Use our tips below to keep your children focused amidst holiday lights, Christmas music and sugar-filled cookies Continue reading →
Early this Sunday—2 AM on November 3, to be precise—Daylight Savings Time for 2013 comes to an end, which means we get to “fall back” an hour. (I believe I just heard a collective sigh of relief from everyone…)
An extra hour in the day is any productivity expert’s dream. There is so much you can do with that time ranging from catching up on household chores to getting ahead with work projects…or just taking a little personal time. Any way you look at it, the extra hour is bound to help you and, in turn, your productivity in some way.
Have you thought about what you can do with your extra hour this Sunday? If not, or if you’re still undecided on how to best use your time, we’ve provided 13 suggestions for 2013 that will help you take advantage of this small gift of time. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and more can be made easy, fun and stress-free with a few tips from ACCO Brands
With the start of the holiday season, stress levels are on the rise. This is particularly evident when it comes to holiday shopping, including Black Friday (Nov. 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 26). ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), a leader in branded office and consumer products and print finishing solutions, has applied its vast experience in planning and organizing to this annual endeavor in an effort to reduce the stress it so often creates.
To help consumers get the most from their experience, the makers of industry-leading
AT-A-GLANCE®, Day-Timer® and Day Runner® productivity tools have provided several holiday shopping tips. Ranging from creating a plan to working as a team, these are designed to streamline and enhance the entire experience and keep associated stress levels at bay. Continue reading →