6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Focused During the Holiday Season

Learn how to keep your kids focused during the holiday season while encouraging their spirit with organization tools and tips from AT-A-GLANCE

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 6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Focused During the Holiday Season

If Only I Had an Extra Hour…Oh Wait, I DO!

Use the extra hour provided by the end of Daylight Savings Time 2013 to plan, organize and get productive

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 If Only I Had an Extra Hour…Oh Wait, I DO!

Get Your Task List Under Control in Five Easy Steps

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

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 Get Your Task List Under Control in Five Easy Steps