1) Moleskine Folio Professional Filers (Set of 3) (12 x 9.5)
2) Exacompta Exacard Wirebound Business Card Holder (8 x 6)
3) Blackwing Luxury Large Notebook & Folio Cover (7.5 x 10)
4) Exacompta Exaboard (9.25 x 13.25) (Rhodia pad included)
5) 2013 Planner Sale (with savings up to 35% off!)
Tip #1: Label EVERYTHING!
You know that feeling when you first get a label-maker and you just can’t put it down? Revitalize your office and give yourself an energy boost by picking it up again. Go through old folders that can be re-purposed, finally stick a label on that junk-box you threw together on the top shelf, and label the spines or covers of your notebooks for easy reference.
Tip #2: Start Nesting
Sounds odd, right? Nesting is basically the act of purging the things that distract you and clutter your office, while finding homes for the necessary items like your pens and pencils, folders and notebooks, and other office items. Putting things in their rightful place on a daily or weekly basis will keep your office tidy and you’ll finally remember where you put that darn business card of a friend you’ve been meaning to contact.
Tip #3: Add a Pop of Color
Whether it’s a nice, bright file folder, or the funky lamp in the corner of your office, remember to have a couple vivid hues surrounding you to brighten your mood. Try to keep all the colors cohesive though, as we’re not suggesting you work in an office decorated like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (unless you’re an avid fan). If you work inside the majority of the day, color will remind you to smile from time to time. (And don’t forget to actually pop out for a walk around the block a couple times a day – nothing is better than exercise and a bit of fresh air.)
Have a quick tip for office organization? Add it in the comments below!
We know how hectic the holidays and the New Year can become. Whether you’ve already bought a 2013 planner and aren’t happy with it, you’ve totally forgot to get your 2013 datebook yet (it’s only mid-January, right?), or you’re a planner extraordinaire and love a second or third datebook, have we got a datebook sale for you! All 2013 datebooks and refills have been discounted and prices are marked on the product page.
See the full selection here >> 2013 Datebook Sale
I’m always trying to balance the digital part of my life with my penchant for low-tech, traditional paper and pen. As a freelance writer and web content marketer, that means I’ve tried just about every system coming and going – both digital and paper.
No matter what I do, I end up at the end of the year, sorting through receipts, checking all my notebooks for scribbles on mileage and lunch meetings, and scouring my email for automatic payments on business bills. It’s humbling, if not downright depressing. It also takes three or four days and I’m in such a foul mood everyone cuts me a HUGE path. For years, “I’m working on taxes” was the only thing I could say that would actually strike terror into my children and make them quiet and cautious.
For 2013, I’m taking a new path. I’m going to use the 2013 Moleskine Daily Planner Set.
More to Love; Less to Carry
I like keeping a notebook with me all the time to capture ideas, snippets of conversations, and general information I may need to reference later. The problem is, I usually go out without what I need because I don’t like to carry too much when I leave the house. The smaller size of a pocket planner solves that as it is small enough to fit in my purse (so I’ll always have it with me), yet big enough for my ideas to fill it up before returning it to the binder set.
Why This Will Work
The Moleskine Daily Planner Set meets my needs beautifully by giving me a new daily planner each month with a full page per day for jotting down mileage AS it’s HAPPENING in one place, automatic payments that hit my account, automatic withdrawals to pay bills, who I meet for a business lunch and what we discuss, and I can even record those little office supplies I pick up while I’m out doing personal shopping.
I only wish each month had the expandable pocket in the back to hold those pesky little receipts that are so easy to lose. Since they don’t come with one, I’ll be adding them to each volume myself.
Once the month is over, I’ll return the book to the binder and take out a new one. At the end of the year, I’ll have a complete set outlining my year in business in one convenient place. And I’ll have a written record should I ever get audited (without having to scour my computer system and pull together old files).
My income tracking is handled online (I use Cashboard and love it). I can pull a year-end report and have all the invoicing and payment information in a flash because I do all my billing through that one online system and all my clients pay online. It’s the little expenses here and there, the daily stuff, that make me crazy. I’m confident the Moleskine Daily Planner Set should solve the problem.
Why My Other Systems Didn’t Work
I like a paper version of bookkeeping records – it’s faster to jot down expenses than to power up a computer and open a program to do it – but never could remember to carry my record book with me everywhere (and didn’t want to, since it was so big). I’d also forget to log items when I returned to the office, meaning I’d lose business expenses deductions every year to my faulty system. It also means I always felt like I was playing “catch up.”
I’ve tried phone apps and tablet apps and computer apps. They were always too time-intensive to set up, too awkward to use on the run, or too focused in their application (meaning they would only track mileage and I’d have to open another app to do meals and another to do miscellaneous business expenses like office supplies, professional subscriptions and equipment). The few that showed promise invariably crashed and lost several months worth of data that cost me more time to recover and/or research all over again than they were worth. It also made my language get a little too colorful for comfort. Granted, today’s digital systems and “cloud” backups mean this happens less, but I’ve been burned too many times, now. No thank you.
What I need is a single, portable place to dump and store all my information. I love the fact that this page-a-day format will eliminate my need to write the date of each purchase. I know that’s a little thing, but it irks me. With these monthly volumes, I’ll jot down what it was, how much it was, and where I bought it – and list the project if it’s for a specific client – then slip the receipt in the (soon to be) homemade back pocket.
I Want a SIMPLE System
I can’t wait to get my set to begin my new system. It’s currently on order so I can start the year right – and of course the planner set will be the first items listed in my business expenses for January! I’m going to be so organized and efficient this year! (And I won’t have to lug around a huge book to accomplish it – just a single slender monthly volume.)
The ONLY thing that could make it better would be a built-in back pocket per notebook and access to a set that was varying shades of purple instead of rainbow colors … but that’s just me.
Meet the Writer: Angela Allen has been creating online content for small business clients since 1999, when she had to use a painfully slow dial-up connection. Now, she specializes in real estate topics and organic content marketing for entrepreneurs on a gloriously high speed connection. When she’s not writing for WickedWriter.com clients, she enjoys the discipline of living small in her high-tech cabin deep in the woods of Kentucky, blogging on WickedBlog, and enjoying the pure tactile titillation of going “old-school” and writing with a fountain pen on luxury paper.
Editor’s Note: Shopping for a 2013 Daily Planner? Discover all available 2013 day-per-page datebooks here. Prefer weekly or monthly formats? We’ve got those too for 2013: All Weekly 2013 Planners and All 2013 Monthly Planners.
Or need a planner refill? Shop all 2013 Datebook Refills here >>
We know how crazy it can get trying to find your perfect planner before the new year. If you don’t have a format you already know and love, the sheer variety available can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’re here – to help! Below are four of our most popular blog posts detailing the best ways to find your most perfect planner for 2013.
- “Nothing is better than the thrill of picking out a new planner. However, with so many planners to choose from, which one is right? As exciting as it is, it can also get overwhelming, and you may just pick up the first one you see. But that may not be the best idea. If you take the time to pick out a good planner, you will relish using it.” Read more …
- “For more years than I care to count, I had the messiest planner on the planet. It was no wonder I really couldn’t find anything when I needed it or that I ended up missing appointments and other important deadlines. Then, suddenly, I realized something. I played many roles in my life: wife, mother and daughter, full-time freelance writer and author, friend, and volunteer. Why in the world did I think that I could keep all of the details that went with each of these in the same planner? I needed separate planners!” Read more …
- “As the year comes to a close, the organized among us will be looking for new planners (and the unorganized likely will receive planners as gifts). Whether you’re using a planner to remember school assignments or to plan out a busy day at work, there is a format perfectly suited to your needs. Each planner is different because each person is different. Learning about each format can help you decide which one fits your personality and your needs.” Read more …
- “We know that feeling: you fall head over heels for your perfect planner at the beginning of a year, you use it within an inch of its life, and … the new year is almost here. Panic mode! What if you can’t find the right refill? We’ve got you covered with some of the most popular and well-regarded planner refills from Quo Vadis and Exacompta. In the list on our blog, we’ve broken out all their refills we carry by their height, so it’s easier for you to find the right one!”Read more …
Have any tips or tricks for planner shopping? Share them in the comments below! And if you still need to shop for a planner yourself, check out our full 2013 selection here.
Moleskine journals are legendary, possessing a minimalism style and quality for creatives and professionals the world around to enjoy. Like the Moleskine Journals, all Moleskine Planners have a sewn binding, acid-free paper, rounded edges, elastic closure, cloth ribbon placeholder, and a rear expandable inner pocket. Below, we break out each Moleskine planner by format, then by size, for the easiest way to find the perfect planner for you! Which planner is your favorite?
Need a little more space to take notes on the go, plan out your day, and jot down inspirations? The Moleskine 2013 Daily Planner is the ideal planner/diary! Stay organized with a fresh new page per day with the date in the upper-hand corner of the page.
Dated from January to December 2013, Moleskine’s 2013 Weekly Horizontal Planners allow more horizontal room for notes and appointment details. This popular planner style is perfect to have the week in a quick view as it’s formatted with each week on a horizontal two-page spread: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday on the left page, Thursday, Friday and Saturday/Sunday on the right side.
Plan out the hours of each day of the week with the Moleskine 2013 Vertical Weekly Planner. Dated from January to December 2013, the Moleskine 2013 Vertical Planner is formatted in vertical columns to show each week on a two page spread with the days spanning the top of the page. This popular planner style is perfect for people who want to have the overview of the organized week.
- Extra Large
Handy and versatile, the planner plus notes format has plenty of room to record notes and appointments, yet also with the freedom of a notebook. Formatted to show the full week on the left page, and complemented by a ruled page for notes and ideas on the right, Moleskine’s 2013 Weekly Planner + Notes has ample space for all your needs.
The big picture at a glance just got easier with the Moleskine Monthly Planner. Dated from January to December 2013, Moleskine’s 2013 Monthly Planner shows each month across a two-page spread, plus ruled pages between each month to take notes, jot down ideas, and keep track of the details. Perfect to have the whole month at a quick glance.
- Extra Large
We hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas yesterday! Before the clocks run down to the end of 2012, just a quick reminder to pick your 2013 datebook!