Ways to Show Gratitude In Your Daily Life

Ways to Show Gratitude In Your Daily Life

If you feel like something is missing in life and can't quite put your finger on it, it could be a lack of gratitude. Studies show giving thanks and counting blessings can help people sleep better, lower stress, and improve relationships. The act of gratitude enables you to reconnect with a positive mindset and can also lead to feelings of fulfillment. Despite how easy it sounds, showing gratitude often falls to the wayside when we're busy or feeling down. So how exactly do you do it, and why does it matter? Here are some ways to get started and show gratitude on a daily basis. 

Write It Down

Writing down what you're grateful for is one of the easiest and most popular ways to strengthen your gratitude muscle. Dedicate some time to jot down what you're thankful for, whether big or small. You can use a gratitude journal or turn to your daily planner for an easy way to quickly show gratitude whenever it crosses your path.

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Give Back to Others

Why not show gratitude by giving back with charitable acts or volunteering? Offering your time is great for your community and your overall well-being. Studies show that volunteering can increase the brain area that functions as part of the reward system. You'll end up feeling amazing after sharing your gratitude through an act of thoughtful service. 

Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Showing more gratitude in your life doesn't have to take up much time or effort. Focus on practicing random acts of kindness to brighten someone's day or lend a helping hand. Whether you let the person behind you go first in the grocery line or buy a cup of coffee for someone, make it a regular practice to show your gratitude through kindness. 

Say Thank You

How often do you say thank you and really mean it? Show heartfelt gratitude when someone brings you your lunch order, when the FedEx driver brings a package to your door and when someone says "bless you" when you sneeze. Showing gratitude can also be as simple as sending a warm, heartfelt thank you letter detailing what someone's gesture meant to you. Keep track of all of your thank you's with our Thank You Keeper Notepad to show others how much you appreciate them.

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Become an Active Listener

Active listening is a celebrated trait of some of our most beloved friends, colleagues, leaders, and anyone you cross paths with. Active listeners are engaged in conversation and often paraphrase and reflect on what was said without judgment or advice. Active listening isn't always easy but makes others feel heard and incredibly appreciated. Simply making eye contact, nodding in affirmation, and giving brief affirmations, including "I see what you mean," goes a long way with active listening.

Give a Sincere Compliment

Giving compliments can make others feel good and attract them to you, but they're also a sign of gratitude. Offer a sincere, heartfelt compliment that makes someone feel understood or appreciated. You can also express your appreciation with a compliment by saying, "I love how generous you are with your time and helped me with that problem. Your insights are invaluable, and your warmth is so inviting!"

Send a Thoughtful Gift

A gift doesn't need to be grand or expensive, but serve as a thoughtful gesture. Sending a gift is a tangible way to tell someone you appreciate them and are grateful for their friendship or service. Think about what that person values and their interests to show them you're listening and are thankful for their presence in your life. 

Embrace Challenges

Challenges can be difficult and debilitating but are also be an opportunity to show gratitude. After all, challenges help shape and form who we are and where we end up in life. You can express gratitude for your challenges and still feel their gravity and difficulty. Talk to a friend or write down your thoughts in your gratitude journal. "Just because I injured my leg and can't jog doesn't mean I can't grow stronger. I'm grateful for the challenge to find new ways to stay fit and nurture my mental health." Work on embracing gratitude during unexpected and challenging moments to create a more positive mindset. 

Ready to show gratitude in your life? Start now. Reach out to someone with a thank you note or schedule time to reflect on what you're grateful for and watch your mindset and well-being flourish. 

The Consequences of Being Disorganized (and How to Fix It)

The Consequences of Being Disorganized (and How to Fix It)

Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like your entire day is looking for things you've lost, tracking down paperwork, and being in a reactive frame of mind? You're not alone. A survey found that 54% of Americans are overwhelmed with clutter and don't know what to do with it. There are also scores of people struggling with work disorganization and plummeting productivity.

Unfortunately, the consequences of being disorganized can dramatically impact your life, and not for the better. Here are a few ways that being disorganized impairs your day today and how to fix it for good.

Stress and Depression

Being disorganized negatively impacts your mental health and can lead to feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed. Over time, the mental fatigue of dealing with the mess could lead to ongoing headaches and backaches. The intense discomfort ends up trickling down to sleep and your overall well-being.

Weight Gain

Being disorganized is more than just a stressor; it also leads to a rise in cortisol's stress hormone. The hormone is responsible for weight gain and stubborn belly fat. As cortisol rises, so does the release of glucose into your bloodstream, which gives you a burst of energy. That may sound good in theory, but when the high wears off, your sugar spike drops, and cortisol rises again as your hunger kicks in.

Decreased Productivity

Feeling unproductive is a natural consequence of being disorganized. Studies show that 75% of struggling small business owners think disorganization leads to productivity loss and impacts revenue. When you're disorganized, it isn't easy to even know if you're even being productive in the first place. You're never getting ahead of your week or gaining a clear understanding when you reach your goals. Instead, you're still drowning in paperwork and tasks that never seem to get resolved.

Stunts Professional Growth

Being disorganized is a surefire way to stunt your own professional growth. You're likely to mix updates, miss assignments, practice poor time management skills, and miss out on promotions. When you can't get a handle on your own work, you're unlikely to be seen as executive or management material that can handle moving pieces to a project.

Benefits of Being Organized

Getting organized can reverse all of the negative impacts of being disorganized, like weight gain and health. But you're also likely to save time and money by not looking for, and replacing, the things you're missing. You're also likely to feel more confident, efficient and have a greater sense of well-being. 

How to Fix Being Disorganized

Knowing that you're disorganized and how it impairs your life is one thing, but figuring out how to fix it can take some time to master. A crucial part of being organized is writing everything down to manage your time. Once you can see how your day and week play out, you can identify time wasters and remove them from your schedule.

Start by grabbing a Daily Planner that charts out your time, activities, workouts, and even your meals. It may feel overwhelming to write out your tasks, but after a few days, you're likely to feel empowered and focused by having control over your time. 

Spending 20-minutes a day tidying up and improving one stressor in your life, like your home office or laundry room, also dramatically impacts your ability to stay organized. 

Be Patient with Yourself

Being disorganized is sometimes a side effect of feeling like your thoughts are chaotic. It can take time to reduce stress, gain focus, and create a lifestyle of organization. And just like getting fit or mastering a skill, being organized is an ongoing practice that evolves with time. Being organized is a journey, not a marathon that you have to drag yourself through to the finish line.

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How Writing Reduces Stress and Combats Negative Thoughts

If you're struggling for ways to reduce your stress levels and keep negative thoughts at bay, you're not alone. Stress is prevalent in today's world and is so normalized; we forget we don't have to live this way. Fortunately, you can do simple tools and exercises to stay on top of the negativity and find the peace of mind you're looking for. Here's how writing helps reduce stress and puts you in greater control of your life and feelings.

Manage Stress & Anxiety

In today's busy world, we often don't have an outlet for managing our anxiety. Hobbies get lost in the work-life balance battle, social media sparks fear of missing out, and we're wired to obsess over success. 

Grabbing a journal or a daily planner can reduce anxiety by getting a handle on your schedule. Write out what you need to do for the day, jot down some goals, and make a note of how you feel. Writing out your day the night before can also help reduce your anxiety so you can see what's ahead.

Improve Your Physical Health

Writing, especially when it's expressive, is shown to strengthen your immunity and decrease your risk of illness. Studies show journaling has lessened symptoms of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and even could help wounds heal faster. The idea is when you write out stressful, traumatic, or emotional events that you release that stress and turn it into a therapeutic tool for your health. 

Address Loneliness

It can prove challenging to process our emotions and stressors without setting aside intentional time to do it. Writing helps define and express personal stories and can be shared to help foster deeper social connections. Whether you want to trade stories and writing with a friend or keep them to yourself, writing out your experiences helps give them more context and validation.

Reach Your Goals 

The frustration of not meeting goals is significant and can derail our motivation to keep going. Neuroscience shows that describing and writing down your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success. You're likely to reach your goals faster than those who don't write them down, and you'll have more clarity around what's working and what's not in your journey.

Get Clarity

Writing, tracking, and journaling helps you get clear on what's bothering you and where you're overwhelmed in life. However, it also shows you how much you've accomplished and eliminates feelings that you're not doing enough.

Using a daily or academic planner brings more context to your day, how you're spending it, and what you're really getting done. Make a note of your wins along the way to celebrate the big and small successes to keep you feeling optimistic.

Find Peace

We all have our moments of frustration and confusion over a stressful event, a fallout with a friend, or an issue at work. Writing it out helps put the event into perspective and clarify what's going on. When you can see how you feel and think about a situation in written form, it offers more peace of mind and the ability to find closure.

Reduces Mental Clutter 

Too much paper and clutter lead to a negative impact on our mental health. Research even shows that clutter and chaos lead to weight gain. Aside from reaching for your favorite organization tools to tame the clutter, writing everything down also makes a positive impact. From meal planning to to-do lists, writing out your day keeps you organized and reduces the clutter in your mind. 

Final Thoughts

Negative thoughts and feelings often get the best of us but can be tamed with the help of writing. Focus on organizing, reframing, and clarifying your thoughts to find the peace of mind you're looking for. 

Ready to tame your thoughts with the journals, planners, and organizational tools? Shop our Paper & Plan collection to turn the art of writing into your favorite part of the day.

10 Ways to Keep Your Memories Organized

10 Ways to Keep Your Memories Organized

Making memories is a rewarding journey, but the hard part is knowing what to do with them next. Do you keep those thousands of photos or purge it all? Find a balance between treasured memories and letting go of old keepsakes with these organizational tips.

1) Journal It

Even the sharpest memories will eventually lose track of details, dates, names, and faces. Keep your memories organized with a journal to notate important events. You can also add photos or your own drawings to a journal to personalize the experience and turn it into a work of art.

2) Turn Your Photos Into Videos

If you're drowning in digital photos, turn them into a video instead. Add music and make notes to turn the experience into a fun slideshow. Tools like iMovie, Moovly, or YouTube's video editor can help you get started making simple videos while you expand your skills. 

3) Start a Facebook Page or Pinterest Board

If you have endless photos and videos on your phone, upload them to your favorite social media channels for all to share. Create a dedicated Facebook Page devoted to your memories and share with friends and family. A Pinterest board is also an eye-popping way to keep your memories organized and within reach with just a few clicks.

4) Invest in Digital Frames

Digital frames are an innovative way to send photos and videos directly to your wall or desktop. Once you set up your frame, you can send memories directly to it with the help of an app or USB stick. You'll never have to take down the frame and swap out photos and instead just upload and set to shuffle through all of your memories slowly. 

5) Add Organization to Your Schedule

Organization doesn't just happen; it's something you need to set aside time for. Make a note in your Daily Planner to organize memories or photos once a week for about an hour.

Keep it manageable and bite-sized to avoid burning out on sorting through those precious keepsakes and letters. You'll stay motivated and look forward to the time if you pair the time with listening to music or a favorite podcast.

6) Create a Memory Wall

If you love physical photos but are overwhelmed with displaying them, create a central memory wall. Give yourself permission to expand your collection as much as you want while containing it to your special wall. To make it look cohesive and polished, try purchasing similar frames in bulk. 

7) Set Aside a Memory Box

Memory boxes are a fun way to stay organized with letters, photos, keepsakes, and mementos. Try storing them in a clear container or colorful bins color-coordinated by themes or events. When you're feeling nostalgic, you can grab the box and go through it. It's also an easy way to pass it down to friends and family.

8) Caption Your Photos

Do you ever feel like you're drowning in photos? Research estimates that the global population would take 1.44 trillion photos in 2020! Stay on top of your organization by captioning or making notes on your photos when you take them. You'll have more clarity on when and why you captured those moments and be ahead of the organization process. 

9) Grab a Basket

Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day or month to devote to memory organization. Grab a basket and add your tangible keepsakes and mementos. Make it easier on yourself by putting a sticky note on your items, so you know what to do with them later. Once the basket is full, start organizing and putting away things or adding to memory boxes and books.

10) Let Go of the Clutter

Part of organizing memories is knowing which ones to hang onto and which ones to let go of. Make it a priority to delete old videos, throw out keepsakes that no longer hold sentimental value, and re-evaluate why you're holding onto things in the first place. Sometimes memories are better left as occasional visitors that wander through our minds instead of captured forever.

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Struggling to Create Good Habits? Here’s How to Do It Right

Creating good habits is a worthwhile goal that could transform your life for the better. Whether you want to be more productive or get a handle on your health, habit building is a viable strategy to get there. If you're struggling to reach those ambitious goals you've set for yourself, here's how to do it right.

Get Specific

To form a lasting commitment to your habits, they need to be specific. Simply saying, "I will make mindfulness a habit every day," is not clear or measurable enough to convert into a lasting habit. Instead, make your habit, "I will meditate every morning for 10-minutes, at least five days a week." The more specific you are, the easier it is to connect your habits to your daily life.

Piggyback Onto Existing Habits

One of the most innovative ways to create new habits is by piggybacking them onto existing ones. If you want to go jogging every morning, put your workout clothes next to your alarm or toothbrush and put them on.

You can also put your multi-vitamins or journal next to your phone, so it's the first thing you do after checking your email or social media every morning.

Start Small

Developing solid habits is ambitious, but it doesn't mean you have to start with a bang. Start by developing small habits that give you the confidence and motivation to push forward.

For example, if you're having trouble tracking your eating habits or meal plans, start by charting out breakfast. Once you've mastered the habit of tracking what you eat for breakfast and making improvements, add lunch to your daily tracking goals. 

Make a Public Commitment

Swearing you'll focus on your new habits is easy when you're feeling strong and confident. Sometimes we need to make a public commitment to stick to our habits. You're more likely to stick to your obligations when you have the acknowledgment and support of those around you. Let others know what habits you're working on, why, and that you need some encouragement from time to time to stay on track.

Write it Down

Daily Planner for Habit BuildingWriting down your goals in vivid detail is strongly associated with success. Turn the habits you're trying to build into goals that are realistic enough to reach with the help of a daily planner. 

Whether you want to start working out every day or land a new job, write down your goal, break it down into steps, and turn the process into a daily habit. 

Redefine the Concept of Failure

Studies show that 8% of Americans who make New Year's resolutions keep them all year, and 80% give up by February. Self-discipline is a primary culprit, but there's more to the story of failure than lack of determination. 

Getting off track for a few days with our new habit isn't a reason to give up. Instead of viewing getting derailed as a failure, look at it as a unique opportunity. Reassess your obstacles, identify ways to make your habit easier by breaking into smaller steps, and factor in the idea of stumbling as part of your journey. Failure only occurs when you permanently end your habit building, not the bumps in the road. 

Develop a Backup Plan

One way to get back on track after stumbling is by developing a backup plan to habit building. If you can't find the time to work towards that new job or promotion, focus on a different step instead.

Make your habit about refining your skillset one hour a week to prep for that new position a few months down the road. Or your daily practice could be researching the best companies you want to work for and figuring out which is best suited for your goals. 

Identify Your Obstacles

Academic Planner to Track GoalsFailing at your habits usually has little to do with motivation. Instead, obstacles to creating new habits include starting too big and feeling intimidated or lacking planning and preparation. 

Take the time to identify your obstacles and develop a system to overcome them. If you lack planning, use your daily planner or Academic Planner to break down the steps and time necessary to establish the goals you're working towards. 

Next Steps

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How to Stay Motivated with Your 2022 Planner

Using 2022 planner can change how you approach your day, stay on track, and reach your goals. They're easy to use once you get the hang of charting out your day. Ready to get started and see results from your organizational efforts? Here's how to use your 2022 planner as part of your strategy for success.

Block out Time

Even if you love using your 2022 Planner, setting aside the time to keep up with planning can be challenging.

Block out time every day to make quick updates to your planner, or set aside a few hours to chart out months worth of tasks and goals. Pour a coffee or wine, listen to your favorite music, and get comfortable to turn your planning activity into a satisfying experience.

Piggyback on an Existing Habit

If you're struggling to block out time to update your planner, try piggybacking your task onto an existing habit. For example, when you unpack your bag at work every day, pull out your planner last and take time to update it.

Another idea is to update your planner before you head to lunch, when you get up for a water break, or when you pour your first cup of coffee. The more you associate updating your planner with an existing habit, the easier it is to stay on top of your organization and goals.

Set Obtainable Goals

Setting big goals is exciting but can also feel daunting once the gravity of how much work is in front of you. Each step can serve as a mini-goal that reaches a larger one. It's also essential not to get impatient and want to rush towards the end goal. 

But even the process of writing down your goals is significant. Research shows that people are 42% more likely to achieve their goals and dreams simply by writing them down.

The progress in goal setting is just as significant as the results. Take time to appreciate your progress, the process, and how far you've come during each step.

Prioritize High-Impact Activities

Your 2022 planner is a powerful tool to stay on track and propel your goals forward. But how you organize those activities will influence how quickly you reach your goals. Start by prioritizing actions that will impact your goals, but remember to break them down into achievable steps as needed.

Splurge on Extras

Remember that using an 2022 Planner can be fun and empower your life to stay organized and on top of your goals. Splurge on colorful pens, stationery stickers, magnetic bookmarks, clips, and embellishes to turn it into a visually rewarding experience. 

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Working towards your goals, checking off tasks, and continuously updating your planner are all accomplishments worthy of being celebrated. Take a moment to acknowledge your achievements and progress. Indulge in a fancy cup of coffee, schedule a lunch with a friend, or take a long walk to relax and unwind.

Change Your Mindset

Getting your life organized and reaching your goals are empowering and satisfying experiences. Instead of approaching your 2022 planner as a chore, change your mindset and embrace it as a resource for success. The more you consider your 2022 planner a tool, the more rewarding it is to use.

Next Steps

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How Organization Impacts Your Mental Health (and How a Planner Can Help)

How Organization Impacts Your Mental Health (and How a Planner Can Help)

If you're feeling overwhelmed by paper and clutter, you could be negatively impacting your mental health. Clutter could lead to decreased focus, confusion, and tension and may even contribute to depression. There's even research that shows clutter and chaos lead to weight gain.

The good news is getting and staying organized is within reach. Here's a look at how organization improves your mental health and sets your day-to-day up for success.

Decreases Stress

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Getting organized is a compelling way to relieve stress and decrease anxiety. Instead of scrambling to remember details and find everything you need, staying organized creates more peace in your life.

A Daily Planner or Academic Planner can help by charting out your time, meetings, and to-do list to know precisely where you're going, what you need, and what your day will look like. 

Improves Sleep

Put your mind at ease by creating a clutter-free room that promotes relaxation. Your organized environment creates a more relaxing setting, but it also keeps your mind calm. Without worrying about everything you need to do and how to get it done, a planner keeps all of your info in one place and off your mind. 

Encourages a Healthier Lifestyle

If you're struggling to live a healthier lifestyle, the answer could be as simple as getting organized. You'll reduce stress, make better food choices, get more sleep, and feel more inspired.

Dedicate ten minutes a day to filling out your planner, getting on top of clutter, and creating space to live the healthy life you've been looking for.

Frees Up More Time

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If you feel like you're always short on time, the culprit could be disorganization. Research shows that the average American wastes 55-minutes a week looking for misplaced items around their home. Instead of repeating the same scramble for lost keys and gadgets, create a system for organization success. 

Dedicate a space or grab a basket for essential items. Stock up on organizational accessories from task pads to office essentials to help keep you on task.

Increases Productivity

No one enjoys feeling stressed out and behind before the workday even begins. But you can increase your productivity by staying organized. When you're not wasting time looking for old emails, papers and tracking down meeting notifications, you have more time and mental capacity to work on essential tasks. 

Promotes Healthier Relationships

Our loved ones deserve our best selves, not someone stressed out and distracted. Being organized in our daily life also reduces our mental clutter. We can be more presented and vested in our personal and work relationships when there's space in our lives to focus. 

Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster

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Are you frustrated by how slow it is to achieve the success you want? Goal setting and achievement can feel intimidating even with the best structure in place. With a chaotic approach, it's nearly impossible to reach goals in a reasonable time frame.

Instead of white-knuckling it through the journey, make space for your purposes by organizing them in a Daily Planner. 

The science is in! Neuroscience research shows that writing down your goals is strongly associated with success. 

Final Thoughts

We spend so much time improving our mental health and well-being that we overlook one obvious solution: Get organized. With the right tools and resources in place, staying organized can help reduce the chaos, stress, anxiety and promote the healthier and more balanced lifestyle you want. 

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The History of Stationery

The average onlooker may see the paper and stationery as a rather mundane topic. But stationery lovers know the industry is so much more than office supplies, but works of art. Here's a look at how paper and the stationery industry evolved and their outlook during an increasingly digital age.

Where Did Stationery Come From?

Tracing stationery's earliest days requires going back to the creation of paper. Egyptians were known to use a papyrus plant to fashion into a solid, dried sheet.

But historians largely credit a Chinese eunuch named Tsai Lun for inventing modern-day paper when he blended the inner bark of a mulberry tree and bamboo fibers around AD100.

The word stationery refers to products sold by a stationer who had a fixed book shop near a university. A stationer's shop was where people sold books and papers, while the rest of the retail commerce was mainly sold at markets and fairs. Manuscript creation was also standing between the 13th and 15th centuries, and many people turned to stationers to bind books and borrow reading material.

Modern Day Stationery

Handwritten notes began peaking in the second half of the 19th century and turned into an art form. The world started to see more colored and lightly tinted papers, floral embellishments, and gold-lined paper.

The paper mill industry was also booming during the early 1800s in the United States. Over 180 mills created hundreds of jobs and included the use of stationery printers. As the concept of stationery has evolved, it transformed from paper indicates mass-produced materials used in writing. 

Today, stationery can also encompass digitally produced materials and printables. 

The Digital Age

The stationery industry experienced some bumps in the road during the digital age as more people turned to email in the 1990s. Stationery sales boomed and showed the world still craves a more formal and beautiful method to communicate. But the world also experienced digital fatigue, especially during the pandemic, as more people than ever worked online and longed for something tangible. 

The Growth of Personalized Office Supplies

The rise of modern-day office supplies took shape in the 1970s with the mainstream use of word processing machines and PCs. Paper and copy centers were in demand, and the industry evolved to include more personalized and curated supplies that reflected the beauty of traditional stationery.

Curating Your Own Stationery Collection

Today's stationery collection can include everything from office supplies, home stationery, writing supplies, task management, and anything related to writing and organization. Stationery supplies are also a low investment that brings satisfaction to both the sender and recipient. 

Want to start your own collection? Try one of The Paper & Plan Co's unique products:

Letters Home - Our letters home kit includes ten sheets of A5 handmade paper and envelopes, seals, newspaper rolled graphite pencils, graphite eraser, pencil sharpener, and clear stop stationery box with ribbon and tag.

Office Essentials Box - Get our comprehensive office essentials box with Jots & Jolts notebooks, magnetic bookmarks, memo pad, polaroid pad, post-it notes, task pads, and more.

Page Flags - Tame your paper trail and keep your space tidy with post-it brand Page Flags. They're a fun way to stay organized and on top of your tasks all day. 

Thank You Keeper Notepad - Instead of struggling to keep track of all of those thank you notes and correspondence, organize it all with this unique Thank You Keeper Notepad

Babysitter Notepad - Whether you need a sitter for your fur babies or children, this babysitter pad keeps all of your essential info in one place. In an emergency, it's a go-to reference to organize schedules, list out food allergies, and document bedtime routines.

The Paper & Plan Co Hoodie - These super soft fleece hoodies are the perfect companion for the chilly months ahead. Our signature "&" on the front with "The Paper & Plan Co" down the sleeves. 

Ready to dream up your own stationery collection for your home or work? Shop our Paper & Plan collection to organize your day with efficiency and style. 

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Unique and Innovative Ways to Use Your Favorite Stationery

Are you looking for a way to stay productive and organized? Stationery, office supplies, and organizers can be more than just functional. They're also fun, stylish, and help keep you inspired every day. Here are seven ways to transform your desk.

Sketch Your Heart Away

Embrace your inner creativity with a stationery-inspired sketch journal. The "You're Sketchy" kit is a limited edition series with an A5 black deckle edge blank paper journal with white hand stitching the binding. An included set of 10 colored pencils comes with a classic pencil eraser. It also makes for a great gift with a clear top stationery gift box with ribbon and tag. 

Keep Your Babysitter Organized

Keep your babysitter or pet sitter organized with this unique and innovative notepad. The Babysitter Notepad keeps all the essential info in one place for all those details, schedules, and emergencies. It also comes with 50 sheets per pad with 8.5" x 5.5". 

Wear It in Style

Stationery and paper lovers can show off their passions in style. Our Paper & Plan Co. is super soft and the perfect companion for chilly, brisk days. This fleece hoodie comes with a signature "&" on the front and "The Paper & Plan Co" down the sleeves. 

Give It a Flourish

Stickers, colored pens, and flourishes turn your stationery into a work of art. Giving your papers a flourish can also help you stay more organized and efficient in the process. Our Post-It brand Page Flags tames your paper trails and enables you to organize your stacks of paper. 

Reach Your Goals

Research shows that writing down your goals helps you achieve them faster than just thinking about them. Whether using a notepad or a fun and efficient Honeycomb Planner, turn to the written word and empower yourself to reach your goals. Our planners make it easy to track your day, log your must-do's to reach your goals, track your fitness goals, and plan your meals.

Get Offline and Send Homemade Letters Home

Our Homemade Letters Home series in an increasingly digital world with Zoom calls gives you a tangible way to reconnect. It's a beautiful kit of off-white mixed recycled handmade writing paper; artisans hand-pick riverside long fiber reeds and blended them by hand. Our envelopes are naturally air-dried and rolled to achieve subtle texture. Write all your correspondence with high-quality number 2 graphite and a beautiful marble-like pattern.

Build a Collection of Stationery and Supplies

Grab your favorite papers, pens, organizers, and Academic Planner to stay organized. Why stop with just one or two items when you can build your own stationery and office supply collection. The Office Essentials Box packs in everything you need with Jots & Jolt Notebook, Magnetic Bookmark, Flag Page Markers Polaroid Pad, Task Pad, and Do First Pad.

Get Inspired

Get a ready-to-print Beautiful Day Download to stay inspired every day. It includes five different sizes so you can pick and choose which you want to frame and display in your office. It also makes for a fun gift for the go-getters in your life. 

Next Steps

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How to Use Stationery Items to Customize Your Communication Style

If you're tired of the same standard stationery items, it's time to mix things up with a fresh approach. Enjoy a more customized approach to correspondence with some of these unique stationery items.

Letters Home

Show your loved ones how much you care with our intimate "Letters Home" series. The kit includes ten sheets of handmade paper and envelopes, seals, graphite pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, and stationery box with ribbon. 

These stationery items make it possible to customize the communication experience. The gorgeous white-mixed recycled writing paper features riverside long fiber reeds mixed with plant and office paper. Even the pencils are luxurious and made from newspaper tightly rolled around high-quality graphite. Not only is it an intimate experience for the recipient, but it turns the acts of correspondence into a joy for you. 

Thank You Keeper Notepad

The act of sending thank you notes is meaningful to both you and the person receiving them. Studies show that both the letter writer and the recipient benefit from thank you notes through a greater sense of gratitude and happiness. The problem is keeping track of who you're sending notes to, especially after a special event like a wedding shower. 

Paper & Co's Thank You Keeper Notepad is fun, stylish, and simple to use. It features heavy-weight paper, a place to record all the info you need, and a check box to stay organized. Pair this thank you note list with our high-quality pens.

Signature PPC Rollerball Pen & Case

Keep your stationery and writing feeling fresh with this smooth matte black finish rollerball ink pen. The Signature PPC Rollerball Pen & Case comes with a convenient storage tube and has a non-smudge finish. It's left-handed approved and keeps your stationery looks fantastic.

Colored Pencils

Jazz up your stationery with a punch of color. Paper & Co's "You're Sketchy" kit features ten colored pencils and a classic eraser. Use the pencils for the accompanying blank paper journal, or use your favorite stationery to send your loved ones a customized note. These stationery items are packaged up in a stationery gift box, making them a perfect gift to yourself or someone else.

The Perfect Pouch

Keep all of your stationery accessories, pens, stickers, and notepads organized with The Perfect Pouch. You'll always have your stationery items handy and ready to go for quick correspondence. The Perfect Pouch is also perfect for storing your phone, chargers, and earbuds.

Ready to start customizing your communication with some fresh stationery items? Shop our Paper & Plan collection to turn the art of writing into your favorite part of the day.

Time Management Strategies with Academic Planners

Time Management Strategies with Academic Planners

If you're struggling to implement and stick with time management strategies, you're not alone. Research shows that 82% of people do not have a dedicated time management system. Unfortunately, the stress of not having enough time can distract you from your work, studies and make you less productive. How do you know what to focus on without a system in place?

Reaching for an academic planner brings structure to your day. Here's how to use yours as part of your time management strategies for success.

Get Motivated by Completing a Few Small Tasks

If you're struggling to get work done, try tackling some smaller tasks first. Starting with your biggest tasks could lead to overwhelm and the feeling you'll never finish up your list. Answer a few emails, order new school supplies, and drop off paperwork to start your day feeling immediately productive.

Batch Your Tasks During Your Zone of Genius

Take personal inventory of your time and energy level throughout your day. You probably already know when you feel the most productive and complete the most work. Whether it's first thing in the morning or mid-day, save your focused time for your most significant tasks that require the most effort.

Jot down all of the tasks that require the most focus and schedule them for the time of day you feel like your best self. Presentations and highly engaged meetings with parents are not the tasks to tackle when you're low energy or feeling tired. 

Employ Time Management Strategies for Time Voids

We all have tasks that suck away our time and energy. Those tasks could include grocery shopping, meal prepping or cleaning the house. Although necessary, they can usually be left for the end of the day or when everything else is complete. 

Employ time management strategies that account for every area of your day, including time wasters. Schedule them in when your core work is done, but your energy isn't waning just yet. You could also consider hiring out tasks that take away from your earning hours. Adding a time to order Instacart to your Academic Planner, hiring someone to prep or make meals, or scheduling a house cleaner are all ways to maximize your time. But unless you plan it into your weekly routine, you're unlikely to make it a consistent habit.

Make it Visual

If you're struggling to get engaged with your Academic Planner or remembering information, consider changing up ink for different tasks. Research shows that color-coding your notes helps your brain retain the information. Adding a flourish, paperclips, or stationery stickers also makes valuable information stand out and command attention.

Factor in Downtime

Your time management systems should also include time to relax. Our brains are not equipped to work and interpret information all day. Schedule some time for a short walk, coffee break, or chat with a friend. Your mind will feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next item in your Academic Planner.

Commit to Your Time Management Systems

There's only so much your time management systems and academic planner can do without commitment. Perhaps the simplest way to commit is by making time management a habit. According to research, it takes an average of 66-days to turn something into a habit!

Make it a goal to keep up with your new processes every day for over two months to turn it into second-nature. By the time your month is up, you'll feel like a pro at managing your time and living a more productive life.

Next Steps

Ready to commit to time management strategies that work with the help of an academic planner? Shop our Paper & Plan collection now to organize your day with efficiency and style. 

Millionaire Success Habits: Those Using Planners and Calendars are 289% More Likely to be Wealthy

Millionaire Success Habits: Those Using Planners and Calendars are 289% More Likely to be Wealthy

Money isn't everything, but financial independence and security is worth its weight in gold. We already know millionaire success habits include staying innovative, persistent, and coming to the table with something of value. But they also share some fascinating habits that all come back to organization and sticking to schedules.

Want to learn the millionaire success habits for yourself? Here are some insights on how successful people create wealth and stay on top.

Their Day Is Planned Out

The secret to wealth may be as simple as writing things down and charting out your schedule. According to CNBC, “Those who maintain both a calendar and to-do list are 289% more likely to be millionaires, as compared with those who have no real set schedule.”

They Hold Themselves Accountable

Millionaire Success HabitsMillionaires don't wait for someone to create wealth for them. They set ambitious goals, take action, and hold themselves accountable to the journey.

Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who help keep you accountable helps. Look for networking groups or meetups with other entreprenurs or financially ambitious goal-setters.

Keeping an accountability planner or journal also helps chart your progress towards success to supercharge your results.

They Know What Not to Focus On

You've probably heard of "to-do" lists, but millionaire success habits include making "to don't" lists. About a quarter, or 24% of self-made millionaires keep a to-don’t list, in addition to their to-do list. The strategy helps avoid time-wasting activities to focus on only the essential. 

They Plan Their Meals

Millionaire Success Habits - Academic PlannersSelf-made millionaires tend to be frugal and aren't afraid to reign in their budget, or at least not over-indulge. The average monthly grocery expense for millionaires is just $412. Meal planning is a must when you're trying to save money or eat healthier. And millionaires are also known to eat healthier to maintain their energy and productivity.

Don't let meal planning get the best of you. Reach for an academic planner that includes an area to plan out your meals, shopping lists, and anything else you need to live a productive and healthier day worthy of a millionaire. 

They Set Daily Goals

Setting weekly, monthly, and yearly goals are big wins for aspiring millionaires. Five-year plans are also a common strategy when you want to launch a business or get ahead. But you could be missing out on micro-goal setting habits. Join the scores of millionaires who also chart out daily goals. It makes sense. When you break down larger goals into small, bite-sized tasks on a daily basis, you're more likely to propel yourself to the financial success you're looking for.

They Create Time to Reduce Stress

Staying focused on our goals takes some serious persistence to reach millionaire status. Whether you're working towards a financial savings plan or launching a business, big goals are often stressful to maintain. 

Millionaire success habits include scheduling time into their planner or calendar to exercise and keep their anxiety and stress in check. The results are impressive. Even a brisk walk or other simple physical activity can provide hours of anxiety relief, which research shows is similar to taking an aspiring for a headache.

They Structure Their Life Around Their Goals

Millionaires success habits including structuring life around goals. Instead of squeezing to-do tasks into their life, they shape their daily activities around their goals. Try scheduling an earlier wake-up time, tasks that impact your financial goals, fitness, diet, and meetings that all get you closer to the millionaire status you're looking for. 

Ready to start practicing millionaire success habits for yourself? Shop our Paper & Plan collection to organize your day with efficiency and style.