Monthly Archives: January 2017

3 Free Printables to Help You Boost Your Productivity

In this day and age wherein there is a mobile app for almost everything, you’re probably wondering how a bunch of printable worksheets will actually help you boost your productivity.  It’s simple: there is power in writing things down on paper.

Numerous studies have proven the benefits of writing your thoughts and plans on paper.  Some of the benefits of journaling includes: improved memory, better comprehension of concepts, and improved physical health.  It is also something a habit that many successful people share.

In this blog post, we will be sharing 3 of our favorite free printables that will help you in improving your productivity and bring  you closer to achieving your vision for 2017.

Habit Tracker Printable

Success isn’t something that you achieve overnight.  You need to develop the right skills and attitude to achieve success and stay successful.

This 2017, you should focus on building the RIGHT habits.  Many people often start their new year’s resolutions list by focusing on getting rid of bad habits.  The best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one.

If you have “Stop Smoking” on your list of things to achieve this year, try replacing it with “Develop a Healthier Lifestyle”.  Stop smoking will just be one of the tasks on this list, but you can start by first developing a regular exercise routine and eating healthier meals.  You will eventually quit smoking because you are doing so well at the first 2 that you will be more willing to quit this bad habit.

Source: Clementine Creatives | Keep track of your progress and motivate yourself to form good habits with this free printable

We love this habit tracker by Clementine Creative, because it’s clean and straightforward.  This free printable habit tracker comes in A4, A5 and US Letter size.  It has 31 day blocks that you can either cross off or color once you have successfully completed the habit-forming activity.  Shade or highlight the months, found at the upper-right hand side of the screen for you to keep track of the month for that sheet.

Daily Productivity Heat Map Printable

Have you noticed how there are certain times in a day when you feel most energetic and productive?  There are certain times or hours when we can accomplish whatever task is on our plate, while during some hours we end up procrastinating.  Guess what, it’s not a coincidence.

As much as it is important to maintain a regular schedule, you need to also consider the specific time of the day when your energy levels are high to increase your productive capacity.

Source: Productive Flourishing | Harness the times when you’re most productive in the day to increase your efficiency and output.

Charlie Gilkey of Productive Flourishing came up with this Daily Productivity Heat Map to help you track when you’re hot and when you’re not.  This will help you monitor your natural rhythm and make the most out of your energy.  This will help you in being more efficient with how you manage your time and energy to increase productivity.

Household Schedule Printable

You need to keep an organized schedule if you want to increase your productivity.  You need to take note of the activities and meetings you will have on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis and work around those hours for other activities.  This will ensure that you are being efficient with your time.

We love this Household Family Schedule from Template.Net because it’s perfect for busy moms who have to consider and adapt to the schedules of pretty much everyone in the household.

Print and post this schedule tracker in a common area for everyone in the household to see or view.  This will ensure that everyone is aware of the activities of the rest of the family, so they can be more mindful of how they manage their time as well.

This helps promote accountability for everyone in your home and it will help in lessening the distractions to your productivity.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Print Photos in the Digital Age

Why print photos?  Do people still print photos?  No one prints photos anymore.

These are some of the recommended search terms that came up on Google while I was doing my research on this topic.  For someone who grew up in the age of analog photography, printing pictures is not at all uncommon to me.  In fact, it is something that I think that more people should do.  But we want to give you, our readers, an objective perspective on the topic of printing pictures in the digital age.

Source: Google Images | Gone are the days of good old analog photography, when you needed to keep several rolls of film on standby just to capture the perfect photo.

Here are 3 reasons why you should print your pictures to preserve them:

The Threat of Digital Data Loss

A large majority of our pictures and files that we have are now stored in computers or uploaded unto the cloud.  Facebook, Instagram, and many other applications have made it very simple to take a picture from our mobile devices which will be uploaded instantly on their platform.  The ease by which pictures are taken, stored and shared have made us rely heavily on these platforms to preserve our precious memories.

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, advised internet users to begin preserving digital data, such as photographs, or risk losing them forever.  “We stand to lose a lot of our history. If you think about the quantity of documentation from our daily lives which is captured in digital form, like our interactions by email, people’s tweets, all of the World Wide Web, then if you wanted to see what was on the web in 1994 you’d have trouble doing that. A lot of the stuff disappears,” he warned.

The internet is not the only problem.  Computers and hard drives crash all the time.  Smart phones and tablets get lost or destroyed.  “Digital files can never be as secure as something you can hold,” shares one user on Quora.

Lost to the Digital Graveyard

I came across several blogs and articles that talked about how the pictures get buried in the digital graveyard.  The words “buried” and “digital graveyard” were a resounding buzz word in these articles that date back to 2013.

It’s so easy to take and store photos these days that we can generate hundreds of pictures in one day alone.  But what happens after?  What happens after you’ve taken the picture?  Do you upload them to a social media platform?  Do you keep them locked away in your hard drive?  Will you look at those pictures again after a month?

To be perfectly honest, I have so many pictures stored in my computer that I haven’t looked at for a long time.  And even if I do want to look through them, there are now thousands of them so just the thought of going through all those photos is already quite exhausting.

In the days of photographic film, you had to choose the perfect shot otherwise you’d lose that moment forever.  You would invest a lot of care and thought for each photograph, because you had a limited amount of film.  Since it’s now so easy to take pictures, even the most random and irrelevant things get photographed.  Can you just imagine printing a roll of film filled with just your selfies and laying those pictures out on a photo album?  These “fluff” pictures take up a lot of your space and bury the most important pictures in your digital vault.  And the reality is that you never get to look at them anymore.

Print has an “actual” presence

Printing gives life to your pictures.  It’s hard to ignore a picture when it’s mounted on your wall or if it’s in a frame at your desk.  The memory stored in the picture adds character to wherever you put it, which is why many DIY home design articles include personalizing your home by framing your pictures and displaying them in different rooms.

Printed photos are inspiring.  In one of our recent blog posts, we talked about printing inspirational quotes and displaying them in areas of your home where it’s easy to view to give you a daily dose of inspiration.  Photographs have the same – if not better – effect.  Seeing the smiles on the faces of loved ones or having a visual reminder of that one specific memory is heartwarming and inspiring.

Source: Paulding County Area Foundation | Print your pictures and display them at home or at the office to keep you inspired.

You don’t need to print ALL of your pictures.  Just print the ones that you want to preserve and enjoy for a long time.  There are definitely a lot of benefits to print your pictures.  The ones that I have highlighted are just 3 of those that we have stumbled upon on the internet.  But they are also my personal reasons why I like printing my pictures.

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Printing Tips to Increase Your Productivity

It’s been 17 days since the start of the new year.  We’re sure that you’re still filled with energy and eager to fulfill all your new year’s goals and plans.  We can’t blame you.  We’re as excited about 2017 as you are!

In our previous blog posts, we featured free printables that would help you organize your life and motivate you throughout 2017.  Now, we’ll focus on helping you increase productivity at home or work by improving the efficiency through these printing tips.

Printing Productivity

If you have a long list of goals that you want to achieve for yourself, then, you need to start focusing on how much effort you are exerting on each task or endeavor.  That’s what productivity is all about.  If you are spending too long on a task or goal and you’re not delivering the ideal output for a certain amount of time, then, you need to stop and rethink your actions.

Your productivity is usually affected by the little details that you don’t pay too much attention to like the amount of ink on your printer or if you have enough paper.  Although these may seem like simple problems, these scenarios will still eat up your time and your ability to deliver results.

Reducing small time-consuming situations such as these, which could be easily avoided through proper planning, will help in improving your overall efficiency and productivity.

Monitor Your Printing Consumption

If you are restocking for your home, you need to consider how much print supplies you are consuming and measure the lifecycle of each of these products.  Track your printer usage by maintaining a logbook or list of documents that you have printed.  Make sure to take note of:

  • The number of pages
  • Type of paper used
  • Color or black and white

Of course, if you want to be obsessive compulsive about it, you could also track the ink levels after you are done printing.  If there is more than one person using the printer, such as in an office setting, you could install a printer monitor or log software that would allow you to do this more efficiently.  But if you’re just monitoring it for home use, a simple sheet of paper would do.

Location, Location, Location.

It is not just about aesthetics.  It’s important to consider where your printer is positioned in your home since there are certain environmental factors that can greatly affect its performance.  You also need to consider putting it in an area where you can easily access it when you’re working, or where the kids can easily print out their schoolwork.  The right printer set-up can do wonders in improving your efficiency with whatever it is that you’re doing, thereby making things get done faster and with just the right effort.

Stock Up on Paper

If you constantly use your printer for work, schoolwork or print activities, then, you should have an awareness of the status of your print supplies.  After all, it’s not difficult to see if your printer ink is running low or if you don’t have enough paper stocked up at home.

Paper is a number one must-have at home.  Make sure that you have basic printing paper, such as legal and letter size bond paper.  It’s always more cost-efficient to buy a ream of paper.  It’s practical to buy several reams of paper, which is good for several months.  After all, paper doesn’t have an expiration date so it doesn’t hurt to stock up.

If you’re thinking, “But I don’t need so much paper now.”  Think of it this way.  Would you really want to wait until it completely runs out before you stock up?  Running to the store unplanned will eat up your time and money. You’ll be spending on gas just to run to the store for this one thing, which you could have prepared for if you had only purchased enough.  Having to rush to the store in the middle of work is also counter-productive and it will throw you off your workflow.

Invest in the Right Ink

It’s not just about buying an ink or toner cartridge for your printer.  You need to make sure that you are buying the right one for your printer!  Here are 5 Tips to in Buying Printing Ink Cartridges to guide you on what you need to consider before making an ink or toner purchase.  Getting it right the first time will save you a lot of time and effort in the future, so educate yourself on what your printer really needs to ensure that it’s running on optimal performance.

Efficiency is a Lifestyle

Your productivity significantly affects your work and life in ways that you just can’t fathom.  If you are thinking that efficient printing practices will give you very minimal results in improving your overall productivity – you’re wrong!

Being efficient is a habit that you need in every aspect of life.  If you can be efficient at a small activity such as printing, this will ripple out to other small activities that you don’t really pay much attention to.  And being efficient in many small activities will help you in being more efficient on a larger scale.

 

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3 Motivational Quotes and Printable Ideas to Inspire You this 2017

We’re 12 days into the New Year, how is your New Year’s Resolutions going so far?

Of course, we don’t expect you to have accomplished your goals this early!  Everyone is still fresh out from the holidays and still charged up to achieve their hopes for this year.

One of the most important things you need to help you along your path to greatness is a clear path and strategy.  You need to create SMART goals for yourself so you have a clear idea of what you want to do and what you need to do to achieve these goals.  If you caught our blog on the 3 Tips and Tools to Help You Achieve Your Goals for the New Year, we shared some free printable SMART goal worksheets that you could use for this purpose.

Once you have your goals set up, you need to get ready for the long journey ahead.  After all, you have 365 days of 2017 to get through and you can never really know what could happen along the way.

This is where motivation comes in.  You need to constantly motivate yourself in order to achieve your goals and complete your list of New Year’s resolutions!  You shouldn’t rely on other people to give you the inspiration or motivation that you need.

Here are some motivational quotes and some free printable activities to help you keep your spirits high throughout whatever challenges you meet this year!

PHOTO: BrianTracy.com | Best-selling author, poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, offers many inspiring words of wisdom in her plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.

You can’t always have a perfect run – particularly if the track you’re running is set in real life.  But it doesn’t matter how many times you have fallen or made a mistake, what matters us is that you never give up hope!

BrianTracy.com offers 26 Motivational Quotes for Success that you can choose from.  Once you have the quotes that you want, you can print them out and frame them for display anywhere in your home.

PHOTO: TheFunnyBeaver.com | Don’t ever compromise your dream for something lesser. If you dream it, you can achieve it.

Losing hope and thinking that you need to downgrade your goal, because it’s unachievable?  THINK AGAIN.  You need to start believing in yourself!  And you need to believe that your goals are achievable.

Whenever you’re feeling down and are thinking about aiming for a lesser dream, remind yourself with this quote, which you can print out into a sticker and post somewhere that you can see it regularly!

If you like this quote, TheFunnyBeaver.com has 35 great inspirational quotes that you can choose from.

PHOTO: TheFunnyBeaver.com | Sometimes the only thing that is keeping you from spreading your wings is yourself. You need to start believing in yourself to achieve your dreams.

“To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions,” advises Stephen Covey, author of the best-selling book: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  And while most people focus on their perceptions of the world and the things around them, you need to first focus on yourself.  If you don’t believe in yourself, then, the battle is lost.  You need to first start believing in yourself and knowing that you can achieve your dreams for everything to fall into place!

Like this quote from TheFunnyBeaver.com?  Then, print it out and post it on your Vision Board so you can always perk up your mood whenever you’re going through tough times.  Don’t know what a Vision Board is?  Check out our previous blog post to find out.

We hope that this 3 motivational quotes will give you the boost you need to persevere in your goals this year!  If these are not exactly what you’re looking for, rest assured, that the internet is filled with these motivational quotes and articles that you can use for motivating you when you encounter a roadblock in your path to success.

Stay tuned for our future blogs and posts on Social Media for more motivational quotes and printable ideas to help you out this 2017!