Printable Checklist for Simplifying Your Life

Printable Checklist for Simplifying Your Life

While we are all staying at home and slowing down, this may be a good time for you to plan future ways to simplify your normally busy, chaotic life.

Please use this Printable Checklist as a helpful guide, from your friends at Jacobs Gardner.

 

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Double A Paper Grows over 500,000 trees with help of farmers in Thailand.

Double A Paper Grows over 500,000 trees with help of farmers in Thailand.
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Jacobs Gardner is proud to announce that our partner, Double A Paper, has successfully planted 500,000 trees, meeting the goal of their fantastic One Dream, One Tree Campaign! Throughout the campaign, Jacobs Gardner has helped to provide sustainably produced Double A Paper to our customers while also helping Double A to save the planet.

What is Double A Paper?

Double A Paper is a paper production company based in Thailand. With the sustainable movement gaining traction across the globe, Double A has been dedicated to producing quality paper in a completely eco-friendly way, involving a production process that leaves no negative impact on the environment. The process begins with Thai farmers planting Paper-Tree saplings on their KHAN-NA, the unused land between rice paddies. This allows Double A to source from high-quality trees without contributing to deforestation or taking up large amounts of land. Not to mention, all the waste from the pulping process is made into a renewable biomass fuel that provides electricity to fuel their paper mill!

The planting process of the Paper-Tree also allows the partnering farmers in Thailand to earn extra income as Double A compensates them for the use of their land. This money allows the farmers to meet many goals of their own, such as providing for their families, paying for their children’s education, and putting more money into their local economies. Double A Paper believes in promoting economic and environmental sustainability, and their One Dream, One Tree campaign has allowed them to make a major difference.

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What is One Dream, One Tree?

To promote environmental sustainability and help make Earth a greener place, Double A Paper kicked off their One Dream, One Tree campaign in November 2019. During One Dream, One Tree, for every ream of Double A paper purchased, one tree is planted by a Thai farmer. These trees will fully mature in only three to five years, and in the meantime, they will provide much-needed shade to the Thai farmers and much-needed oxygen to the world. Double A set a goal when they launched One Dream, One Tree: they wanted to plant 500,000 trees by the end of February, and thanks to partners like us and customers like you, they finally met that goal!

What is the Value of Each Tree?

Every tree contributes to the environment by helping to combat global warming and climate change, absorbing carbon from the air and producing oxygen. Planting trees could remove as much as two-thirds of the carbon dioxide that humans have put into the air from daily life, helping us all to breathe a little easier. With these trees growing on the KHAN-NA, Double A also helps reforestation efforts by not requiring trees from forests, allowing that land to be restored over time. Reforestation will help to restore damaged lands, bringing life back to the environment and promoting biodiversity.

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If you want to help Double A’s cause, you can buy their high-quality paper and support a company that is making a difference. Contact Jacobs Gardner (www.jacobsgardner.com) to place an order for Double A Paper today, and help improve the world, one ream at a time.

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Five Strategies to Cope with Stress and Avoid Burnout

Five Strategies to Cope with Stress and Avoid Burnout
Five Coping Strategies to Avoid Burnout

Which list would you like to describe you?

– Option 1: Energized, invigorated, focused, passionate, balanced, strong

– Option 2: Run-down, sluggish, brain-fogged, stressed, depressed, anxious

I’d choose Option One and I’ll bet you would, too. As we start the new year, and a brand new decade, I thought I would shake things up a bit and write about a different topic that is of interest to us all – reducing stress and avoiding burnout.

Before writing Competitive Selling: The Guidebook to Being Proactive in a Reactive World in 2019, I got about 70% finished with a book focused on nutrition and good health for the super busy professional. Notice I said only “70%” finished. I never completed the book for a number of reasons, but it is still a topic I feel passionate about.

Besides being a writer, I’m also a passionate reader. I’ve read countless books on business and the profession of selling. In my pursuit of living a balanced life, I’ve read an equal number of books on improving nutrition, relieving stress, and strengthening relationships.

On the active side of things, I’m an avid runner and mountain biker. Work-wise, I travel most weeks and put in long hours on the job, as you probably do, too.

Life can be very busy. A busy life can easily lead to burnout, but with focused daily habits, it can largely be avoided. Here is my advice on how to do just that in 2020:

1. Get the list out of your head before you hit the bed.

We’ve all been there. Your mind is racing and you can’t sleep. One strategy that works is to make sure you compile your master list of things to do before you hit the sack. This can be done before you leave the office or even later in the evening. It frees up your mind to truly rest and helps you prioritize tasks much faster in the morning.

One of my all-time favorite books on time management is Brian Tracy’s book, Time Power. The author boldly promises you’ll learn how to get more done than you ever thought possible. It’s a great resource. I think we can all improve in this area!

2. What you track improves.

Just like I would advise a salesperson to track their sales activities, I would also suggest tracking your physical activity and your food intake.

The more conscience you are of your daily habits the better you will do. Life is stressful. Eating the right foods can help. They can truly be medicine to the body and build up your immunity and stress-tolerance. One way to tap into more tracking this year is to try out an app like MyFitnessPal. Other good ones are available, too.

Most nutrition gurus say for an active person, your diet should be made up 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fats. These percentages can shift depending on your fitness goals, health needs and doctor instructions.

Whatever the numbers are, how do you know if you are hitting them if you don’t track them?

Along with tracking nutrition, track your exercise. Let’s get physical…every single day. We have all seen the rise of the sale of standing desks and for good reason. Stand up. Get your body moving!

3. Take your vacation time this year and lose the guilt.

Without regular rest periods, your mind quickly fills up and the hard drive of sound thinking can be disrupted. When I started my business 16 years ago, my father-in-law, a successful business person, told my husband and me to get away every ninety days, whether we had the resources or not. That’s something we’ve stuck to and it has paid huge dividends in avoiding burnout and feeding our marriage.

For me personally, taking a vacation is an act of faith. There is always a long list of tasks to tackle and it never stops. But give yourself permission to rest guilt-free. Come back re-engaged and even more focused. Go ahead. Look at the 2020 calendar and plan your time off. If you don’t, it will be 2021 before you know it!

4. Get off the Complain Train.

There is a great book by Jon Gordon called The Energy Bus. In the book, he describes a great “No Complaining Rule.” Aspire to hold yourself to this rule and encourage others to do the same. Be conscious of this energy and time sucking activity and stop it in its tracks!

As the old hymn says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one.” Work on driving up your awareness of how much there truly is to be grateful for!

5. Find passion in your work.

You have been gifted with certain skills, talents and abilities that are uniquely yours. Do you know what they are? Here’s a quick question to figure out one of your gifts: “What is something you can do almost effortlessly, without much planning, and still perform it with excellence?” The “without much planning” is not advised but it’s still a way to think of your most natural gifts! (The Gallup Poll Strengths Finder is a great tool to use to create a more comprehensive list.)

Recognize those parts of the role you play at work that give you the most joy versus those that drain you. For a salesperson, it is helpful to look at things you do that are proactive vs. reactive (often draining activities). Analyze how much time you are spending in each area. Then make it a point to be more proactive in the areas you are gifted in the most…the areas where you find your passion.

So, reflect on these coping strategies and see which ones make sense for you. Remember, people love to do business with someone who loves what they do.

Are you that person?

Reignite that passion, take good care of yourself, and make it a fantastic 2020!

Marisa Pensa is founder of Methods in Motion, a sales training company that helps businesses execute training concepts and create accountability to see both inside and outside sales initiatives through to success. For more information, visit www.methodsnmotion.com

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Valentine’s Day Creative Crafts and Special Gift Ideas!

Valentine’s Day Creative Crafts and Special Gift Ideas!

Valentine’s Day Creative Crafts and Special Gift Ideas!

Your friends and family will feel love with hand-made Valentine’s Day Gifts like these. Check out these creative crafts and special gift ideas!

Swingline Low Force 1-Hole Punch

  • From our heart to yours, Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Punch your heart out this Valentine’s Day with Swingline’s Low Force Punch!

Swingline Fashion Full Strip Stapler, Swingline 1-Hole Punch, Swingline Smartcut Trimmer

  • Have fun and celebrate Valentine’s Day with Swingline!

Swingline Red 747 Business Stapler

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • For the office thief in your life…Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler!

Swingline Quick Touch Full Strip Stapler, and Black n Red Ruled Business Journal

AT-A-GLANCE Standard Diary

  • Get inspiRED this Valentine’s Days with AT-A-GLANCE!
  • Don’t ever forget a Valentine’s day again!

Swingline Red High Heel Stapler

  • Kick off your heels this Valentine’s Day with Swingline’s High Heel Stapler!
  • Whether you are using in your home office or in a corporate setting, Swingline’s High Heel Stapler sure to raise your office desk’s profile just like a good high heel!
  • A Valentine gift for the fashionista in your life!
  • Dress up her desktop on Valentine’s Day with Swingline’s High Heel Stapler!
  • Whether at home or in the office, this stylish High Heel desktop stapler will demand the same attention as any trendy wardrobe accessory on Valentine’s Day and every day!

AT-A-GLANCE Harmony Collection

“Take Note” of that special person on Valentine’s Day!

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Verbatim Technology you can trust

Verbatim Technology you can trust

If you’re going to spend a lot of time on your keyboard, it might as well be a comfortable one.

Verbatim has the perfect keyboard for you!

Are you still using the mouse and keyboard that came with your computer? Or maybe you’ve tried something new, but you’ve got some nagging RSI strain, cords tangled everywhere, or a lagging mouse that’s left you unjustly fragged into oblivion? If your mouse and keyboard aren’t working for you, it’s time to buy new ones.

Our office tried out several different brands of keyboards and mice. In the testing, Verbatim came out the clear winner. We gave their keyboards and mice 5 stars. Find out why…

Verbatim Slimline Corded USB Keyboard and Mouse-Black
Looking for an affordable keyboard that still provides a better typing experience? Try Verbatim’s Slimline Corded USB Keyboard – it’s sleek, yet sturdy, with convenient plug and play USB connectivity. The Slimline Corded Keyboard features low-profile keys and adjustable tilt legs for quiet, comfortable typing. The layout features a full numeric keypad and full-size function keys, all within a slim, efficient design that frees up space on your desktop. Compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, the Slimline Corded USB Keyboard is a great addition to any corporate or home office workspace.
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Verbatim Silent Wireless Mouse and Keyboard – Black
Say goodbye to noise and hello to silence with the Verbatim Silent Mouse and Keyboard. Using new Silent Technology, silent click switches, and rubber covers, these Verbatim products are truly silent. The nano receiver is small enough to plug in and leave connected and the 2.4GHz wireless performance allows for a lag-free connection. The Silent Mouse features Blue LED technology, allowing users to point and click on more surfaces than other mice – from a glass table to the granite kitchen counter! The Silent Keyboard features a full numeric keypad and full-size function keys, all within a slim, efficient design. The Verbatim Silent Mouse and Keyboard are backed by a 1-Year Limited Warranty.

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Verbatim Corded Notebook Optical Mouse
If you want a stylish mouse for your desktop or notebook computer, try the Verbatim Corded Notebook Optical Mouse. This mouse has been ergonomically designed to fit your hand comfortably. With its high-resolution optical technology, the Verbatim Mouse also offers smooth, precise tracking and a precision scroll wheel for easy scrolling. It’s ideal for your notebook, ultrabook and desktop computer. This mouse is also compatible with PCs and Macs. If you’re looking for the perfect companion for your computing needs, try the Verbatim Corded Notebook Optical Mouse.

Available in Black, White (VER-99740), Silver (VER-99741), Red (VER-99742) and Blue (VER-99743)

Order Yours Today:
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Shouldn’t your notebooks should be noteworthy?

Shouldn’t your notebooks should be noteworthy?

Make Sure Your Bright Ideas Are Seen, with the Astrobrights Collection.

Why settle for a plain, boring notebook, when you could use this gorgeous Astrobrights Flex Journal instead?

The bright colorful pages with contrasting rules make sure your ideas jump off the page and get noticed.

We love the contrasting stitching on the spine, which adds elegance to your journal. The super durable covers withstand everyday use. This is one long lasting journal!

This elegant journal will add color to your day, and fits neatly in most totes, purses and backpacks.

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We absolutely love Astrobrights Twin Wire Journal. It features 180 pages, and includes a Black Super-Soft-Touch Cover. At 6 ½” x 8 ½” it’s large enough to take lots of notes, but small enough to travel easily.

We appreciate the elastic closure, which prevents the pages from becoming exposed when traveling or when stored away.
The colored pages with contrasting rules make sure your ideas are noticed.

The twin-wire binding allows pages to open completely for effortless writing.

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When it’s time to show appreciation, Astrobrights Foil Enhanced Certificates are just what you need.

In gorgeous “Fireball Fuchsia” Card Stock, these 8.5″ x 11″ certificates get noticed. Each sheet features foil enhancements, and are compatible with your inkjet/laser printers or copiers.

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Brighten Up Your Everyday Organization with Avery!

Brighten Up Your Everyday Organization with Avery!


This Back to School Season, we are absolutely loving these fresh florals and bright colors from Avery’s new collection of organization tools. Trendy, contemporary designs to organize in style!

They are perfect for back to school or for brightening your workplace.

From brightly colored Florals to Damasks, they are a beautiful collection of style meets function.

Take a look at this beautiful collection and order your favorites today!

Durable Binders with Round Rings
Available in 8 ½” x 11” and in Mini 5 ½” x 8 ½” Version

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Reversible Big Tab™ Write-On Dividers
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Damask Big Tab™ Plastic Pocket Insertable Dividers
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Corner Lock™ Four Pocket Plastic Folder
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Damask Tabbed Bookmark Plastic Dividers
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Got Snax? Summer Snacks that Travel with You!

Got Snax?  Summer Snacks that Travel with You!

Summer is the best time to spend outdoors with family and friends. We love camping, hiking, pool parties, picnics, outdoor concerts and watching fireworks.

The more spontaneous these events, the better! That’s why we keep delicious treats from Office Snax on hand for any occasion.
You already know that Office Snax items are great in your office breakroom, but did you know that their convenient, non-breakable containers are ideal to keep in the car, boat or camper?

Here are a few of our favorites:

Salted Pretzels
Great for a day at the beach, on a picnic, out in the boat or around the fire pit. Choose your favorite! Resealable tub maintains freshness and travels easily.
• Giant Sourdough
• Sourdough Nuggets
• Mini Twist
• Giant Pretzel Sticks
• Peanut Butter Pretzels

New! Honey Wheat Braided Pretzels
These delicious braided pretzels will easily become your new summer snack favorite.

New! Peanut Butter Pretzels
Salted pretzels, nugget style filled with peanut butter. Resealable tub goes where you go!

New! Generations Mix
Something for everyone! Carry a mix of candy appealing to everyone from your toddlers to their Great Grandparents. This assortment of popular candy comes in a reusable, resealable tub to maintain freshness.

Soft & Chewy Mix
Classic Favorites like these make road trips happier. Assorted candy Airheads, Now and Laters, Bit-O-Honey, and Tootsie Roll. All in a resealable liner.

Doggie Snax
While you’re enjoying summer snacks, don’t forget Fido! We keep a box of Doggie Snax on hand for all our outdoor adventures. Handy to have in the car when we go for hikes, we also use them for positive reinforcement training with our ten month old lab. She gobbles them up!

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TOP 6 TIPS FOR WRITING A BUSINESS NEWSLETTER

TOP 6 TIPS FOR WRITING A BUSINESS NEWSLETTER

A good business newsletter is an effective tool for reaching your audiences with important information. Our partners at International Paper/Hammermill Paper understand this, and have shared their knowledge with you in this blog.

You can use your newsletter to expand your customer base, keep existing customers excited about your business, or attract new sources of funding. It can be strategic by demonstrating your business plan in action or it can be pragmatic and introduce new products, services or capabilities. Or it can do both.
There are a few things to keep in mind when putting your newsletter together to make sure it is as effective as possible. We’ve put together some pointers to help make it easier.
Ready to create your newsletter? Check out our Business Newsletter Templates.

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Define Your Audience

Who are you trying to reach with your newsletter? Make sure you have a clear idea of your audiences, then try to organize your newsletter contents to reach them in order of priority. In other words, speak to your most important audience first and then secondary audiences after. You can dedicate an entire newsletter to a single audience and reach a different audience with the next one or you can try to reach as many audiences as possible in each newsletter.

To reach each of your audiences with the information they value, it’s a good idea to develop an editorial calendar. Think through who you are trying to reach and how often you want to speak to them. This will help you decide what each newsletter needs to accomplish, as well as how often you need to send them out.

Be Customer-Focused

Your newsletter should provide your audience with information that is valuable to them. A newsletter that speaks only to your accomplishments or capabilities isn’t really customer-focused. Take the extra step to show how your accomplishments or capabilities can help your customers achieve their goals.

The headline for each section of the newsletter should present a customer benefit. For example, rather than saying “X Corp. Achieves New Milestone in Y Acquisition”, try something like “Deliver Your Products Faster, Cheaper”. A subhead can be used to provide important details, such as “X Corp. has reduced shipping time and cost with the strategic acquisition of Y company.”

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Figure Out Your Call-to-Action

What do you want your audience to do after they’ve read your newsletter? Visit your website? Contact a representative or salesperson? Join your mailing list so you can initiate a conversion process? Be clear about what you want your audience to do, and tell them. “For more important details, call us at 1-800-555-9999,” or “To pre-order our new SuperFast Everythinger, visit us at SFeverythinger.com. “

Prioritize Your Information

Begin with stating the customer benefit in the headline, then provide a summary explanation in the subhead. The body copy can go into more detail as needed. This helps audiences pressed for time get the most important information quickly while also allowing anyone who is interested the details that are important to them.

Show It

Good imagery can generate interest by showing people what you are talking about. Remember that quality is important. A quick shot with your phone camera is probably not going to show your product in its best light. Take the time to use good imagery, but remember…too much of a good thing can work against you. If your newsletter has too many images, the imagery can distract from your messaging and what you want your audiences to know and do.

To make all of this easier to put into practice, we’ve developed some useful Business Newsletter Templates that will help you organize news and information in a way that is easily read. It’s a good idea to check your work by printing it out first–we recommend using a quality paper like Hammermill Premium Multi-Purpose 24LB. printer paper.

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“Spring” Into Action With Organization & WIN Your Own UColor Two-Pocket Coloring Folders

“Spring” Into Action With Organization & WIN Your Own UColor Two-Pocket Coloring Folders

We are happy to share C-Line's recent blog post with you, and offer you a chance to WIN their new UColor Two-Pocket Coloring Photos. C-Line Products are available at Jacobs Gardner.

It is finally officially Spring! As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” At C-Line, if you “shower” your classroom or office with our new colorful products, they will “bring” you a year of an organized lifestyle.

Teachers, let our Classroom Connector School-to-Home Folders rain down puddles of communication between you and your student’s parents. When you, your students’ and parents are on the same page, life between school and home becomes a smooth transition. The Classroom Connector makes communication between home and school efficient with the imprinted interior pockets. Plus, the variety of color selection could spark students’ interest in learning, which in turn, brings communication to an enhanced level.

You can also bloom your student’s creativity by using our UColor Two-Pocket Coloring Folders. Students can use a rainbow of colors on these folders, allowing them to show their individuality as well as keeping them organized. In addition, these coloring folders are not limited to just students or children, adults can have some fun too! Take a mini break during the hectic day and quickly fill in the intricate designs with unique color patterns. Not only is it relaxing, but it also helps sort papers. Also, by creating different colored folders you can color coordinate in your own way.

Spring is all about being fun and colorful. Don’t let the April showers bog you down. Show your organization skills and be playful!

To WIN Your Own Two-Pocket Coloring Folders, comment below, or on our Facebook Page.

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