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Waking Up Early vs Going to Bed Late

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?
    • 4:30AM
  •  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.

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Capitalizing on the strengths of paper and digital planning tools, a hybrid system gives you the best of both worlds while avoiding the pitfalls associated with either of the mediums

Best of 2013: Digital or Paper Planning—Why Not Both?

First, everyone at AT-A-GLANCE would like to thank you for following our blog throughout 2013 and providing excellent input on our posts and content. This is YOUR blog as much as it is ours, so never hesitate to give us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions on organizing, productivity and planning.

Second, we want to highlight the most popular post of 2013—and, as it turns out, one of the most popular topics year in and year out. This post—Digital or Paper Planning: Why Not Both?—looks at the strengths of both planning systems and gives you the foundation for starting your own “hybrid” approach. Enjoy and let us know your own thoughts on the best planning systems. Continue reading

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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

Spring into Cleaning and Decluttering with 10 Easy Tips

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

Spring Cleaning by BooleanRadley

Spring is in the air (finally!). The flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are chirping—and it’s all telling you to get rid of the clutter that surrounds you. Are you ready?

Spring cleaning offers you a great time to declutter your life, and if done well it can set the tone for your whole year.

What few people realize is that not only is the spring a great time to clean and organize, but it’s also the best time to reduce and remove the amount of clutter in your life.

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