Posted July 30, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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Here’s something to put on your calendar: Zombie races! You can find a location and read more about them at Run For Your Lives. There’s even a video to watch which reminded me a little of “The Blair Witch Project.”
“Run For Your Lives” is zombie infested 5K obstacle course race. It is held in a variety of locations. Reed Street Productions, formed by two friends in their 20s, is organizing the races. They held their first race last year near Baltimore and unexpectedly drew 12,000 people. 13 similar events are scheduled in 2013 in cities from Boston to Los Angeles. Next year, they hope to double that amount.
Derrick Smith, a co-founder of Reed Street Productions was asked, “Why a zombie race?” “We came up with the name, and we said, ‘Well, what do people run from?’ We figured zombies was going to be a pretty popular idea,” he said.
It costs $87 to enter the race – $25 if you want to be a zombie. Zombies get a free make-up job, and a complimentary beer at the end of the race.
If any of our readers enters a race and wins (or does pretty well!), contact us for a prize!
Posted July 25, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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I received this paper-affirming message this morning from a Quo Vadis customer in Ohio:
“Despite working in the world of technology and possessing a range of portable (and not so portable) devices, when attending conferences I have yet to find any method of taking notes that is faster that using my Quo Vadis Habana notebook and a fountain pen. The paper is quick drying and so I don’t have to slow down as I turn the page. And something not to be underestimated is the simple, esthetic pleasure of seeing brown ink against ivory paper, which has a human quality about it that pixels on screen cannot emulate. Flipping back though the pages of a journal is a fundamentally different experience from scrolling through computer-based documents.”
What is the key value for you in taking notes?–emotional gratification or efficiency? Do you find yourself moving pack to paper–or away from it–as the world goes more digital? Do you prefer to take some notes in longhand and use a keyboard for others? For example, I prefer to do planning with a paper pad and fountain pen, but write to-do lists and blog posts on the computer.
Posted July 24, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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Zentangle artist Sandra Strait reviewed a Habana notebook on her blog, Life Imitates Doodles.
I guess the name describes what it is: “zen” and “tangle.” Is zentangle a meditation on paper? I see it as reminiscent of a mandala or even a labyrinth pattern. Is it complicated or simple? I can’t decide. I know when I look at it long enough I feel like I’m dreaming.
You can read more about Zentangle here.
Sandra, thank you.
Posted July 20, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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The inventor of the “agenda planning” format, Dr. F. G. Beltrami, tried to sell his idea to the leading (and apparently, only) manufacturer of agendas in France. They declined to work with him. He cast around for another way to realize his dream.
Dr. Beltrami decided to publish his invention, and looked around for a place to do so. He decided to accept a position as head of a publishing house that needed revitalizing. The name of this firm happened to be Quo Vadis.
“The company was founded before the first World War and was proud of a long history,” he said. “I immediately liked the name. Quo Vadis means “where are you going” in Latin.
I had always thought the Quo Vadis name–where are you going–was a clever reflection of Dr. Beltrami’s creation – the ability to see and plan your week at a glance.
Nope. It was the name of the publishing company Dr. Beltrami acquired to publish his planning diary.
One other suprise….the first edition published was not the Trinote, but the Minister.
Posted July 19, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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A giant in the time management/self-help field has passed. Stephen Covey died on July 16, 2012 due to complications from a fall from his bike. He was 79. Covey’s 1989 book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” was named by Forbes magazine has one of the top 10 business management books ever. His book focused on setting priorities and determining how to conduct your day.
Mr. Covey was baffled by his success. He said he was simply telling people what he thought they already knew: the efficacy of good behavior. All people had to do, he said, was form habits out of their best instincts.
His seven habits are:
1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win-win
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
7. Sharpen the saw; that is, undergo frequent self-renewal
If you could add an eighth habit, what would it be?
Posted July 17, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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Occasionally Quo Vadis aficionados ask us if they can purchase just a new cover for their planner. Either the cover was damaged (family dog using it as chew toy), they got one they didn’t like (lime green is not for me), or they are tired of the one they have and want to make a change (our covers take awhile to wear out!)
Well, Classic Office Products in New Jersey will help you out! The owner, Ed Bauer will sell you the cover you need in the color you want. Individual covers are not set up for online sales, but you can email Ed at email@example.com. BTW, Classic Office Products stocks all Quo Vadis and Exacompta planners and refills. We get many compliments on his great customer service.
Posted July 16, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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We have received several emails in the past week asking about weekly planners with monthly calendars. We do offer them, but not in every planner.
Weekly planners with monthly planning calendars include: Hebdo Planning, Space 24, Visual and Space 17.
Daily planners with monthly planning calendars include: Daily Pocket & Journal 21.
Weekly planners with blank notes pages at the start of a month include Sapa X and Sapa X Academic.
If you currently use a planner without monthly calendars and want to see them included, please let me know what edition you use, and what pages you would be willing to eliminate in order to have more planning pages. Thank you!
Posted July 12, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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I need some help. I have started to respond to every “ping” on my cell phone indicating a new email has arrived. I stop what I’m doing and read the email. This is a time-waster, a terrible distraction and I’m becoming more irritated at myself for my inability to resist reading and responding immediately.
Do other people have this problem? How do you manage to avoid being distracted by pings?
Posted July 10, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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A 28-year-old attorney I know continues to use a Monthly 4 in addition to his two iPhones (one personal, one work) plus his two Macs.
Since he is such a big Apple fan, and seems to rely on his phone and apps for everything, I was curious as to why he was so faithful to the Monthly 4? He said he liked the security of a written record, and to see his whole month at a single glance. He said writing things down helps him to remember them. He is not a fountain pen user, so he doesn’t have the same romance with paper.
Do you use a paper planner in addition to your electronic calendar? If so, how do you manage both that they complement one another? Is one efficient and the other emotionally satisfying?
Posted July 6, 2012 by Karen Doherty
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We recently received this email from a customer in Houston, TX: “I want to order planner refills from you directly as I did last year. How do I do it? I am not interested in interfacing with a retailer. All I want to do, is to do business. You have a confusing web site.”
We must be asked by phone and email 5x a week (20x a day throughout the fall) to buy refills or planners directly from Exaclair. People are sure they ordered directly from us last year.
But we have never sold directly to consumers. We try to refer consumers to either a retailer close to them; or a retailer we know that carries a lot of stock and can fill a phone order right away.
We made the decision to stay out of direct sales so we don’t compete with our retail customers. We’re aware it would be slightly more convenient for consumers to order directly from us; and we know it is an extra step to connect to a retailer. However, it takes less than 10 seconds to do so, and online visitors are seamlessly connected directly to the planner they are looking to purchase by clicking on a retailer name. Later this month, I will also add a Buy Now button to each product page for Refills Only to make that transaction easier and faster.
Retailers who sell our planners online, in their store, or take phone orders can be found on the “Buy” page our website.
Where we do work directly with consumers is when we get requests for help–lost or destroyed planners, authors that need a datebook from several years ago to plot out a book; and so on. Where we can help out we do – but that’s different than sales.
Your input is welcome. Please let me know your thoughts and feelings on this issue.