Daytimer – Pocket Size Refill Review

Happy Customer Renews Another Year

5out of 5

Pros: convenient, Sleek Design, Easy to carry, Improves Organization

Best Uses: Everyday Use, Organization

Thank you, thank you Day-Timer for offering this product as “Book Only” – I was so tired of paying the higher price for the “kit” and throwing away the plastic box each year.

With popular calendar and scheduling apps on smart phones and tablets to compete with, Day-Timer gained my business back this year!

PS – The free shipping offer was also greatly appreciated.

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Classic #Productivity – The Spark Notebook from @Popforms

For awhile now the Popforms blog has been discussing the topic of the perfect notebook. You know, just the right combination of pages and features where you can easily organize your notes and stay on top of your game at work. Even with all the apps out there now for taking notes, there’s still nothing like pen and paper. Especially in those meetings where hiding behind a laptop or constantly looking down at your smart phone would be distracting or just plain rude.

Now Popforms has launched their Kickstarter project to bring you just that product: the Spark Notebook. Based on the concept of time-blocking, this elegant notebook might be just the thing you need to boost your meeting notes in 2015!

Help, it’s Monday and Have No Idea What to Do Next!

Having one of those Monday’s where there’s so much work and you have no clue where to begin? Feel like you’re hopelessly overwhelmed? Stop, take a step back and a deep breath.

Perhaps you just think you’re overwhelmed. As discussed in this article on Feeling Stuck? Five Bad Habits to Avoid, you shouldn’t always believe in what you think, especially about yourself or your abilities.

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.” – Dale Carnegie

Take a few minutes to break things down into smaller tasks to handle.

“You can do anything, but not everything.”  – David Allen

Prioritize.

Focus.

Make the highest priority items your objective for today.

“If you don’t have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer.”  – Zig Ziglar

 

It’s a New Week – Thoughts to Inspire You

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.”
–Mark Twain

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
–Steve Jobs

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.”
–Zig Ziglar

Because I Said I Would | One

September 6, 2014 was the premiere event of Because I Said I Would | One.  if you’ve not heard of this organization and the promise cards that they have distributed to millions, here is an excerpt from their web site:

Because I said I would | ONE is an inaugural event supporting the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. This event will tell moving stories of human perseverance through main stage speakers and a range of one-of-a-kind exhibitions. Event attendees will also be able to share their own promises stories in a number of ways, including video recordings that will be turned into a year-long YouTube series. Join us in Columbus, Ohio on September 6th, 2014 and help us show the world the power of ONE.

You can request promise cards to be mailed to you or print your own.

Make a promise to yourself or someone in your life … make a difference.

Get More Done By Doing Less!

There are plenty of productivity strategies to choose from, now more than ever. Maybe trying to get more done in less time isn’t always the best answer. One should also consider the quality of work more than the quantity of work.

» Understand your own work habits, be aware of when you are your best.

» Schedule out your day and allocate time for your most important tasks.

» Stick to your schedule and do not multi-task.

» Work on one thing at a time, and do it well.

More reading:

Popforms – Better than productivity hacks: how to rewire your brain to be more productive

ZenHabits – The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done

BufferSocial – The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas, According to Science

Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Start The Week Right: Just Do It!

It’s a new week and you’re staring at the computer, tablet or phone, wondering where you need to begin. You’ve been saying “I’m going to get more done this week. Really, I will!”

One of the best things in Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen is the work flow diagram, especially the part that asks “Will it take less than 2 minutes?” The answer: Do it! Likewise, from the article “26 Mini Productivity Hacks For A Simple (But An Awesome) Day” – item 13 is “Do It Now!”

Develop a new habit of getting small, simple tasks done as they come to your attention. Don’t put it off or create a new note or task in your favorite application. Get it done and out of the way (and out of your mind). Then enjoy the rest of the day knowing you have got some things done!

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” – David Allen