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    7 Productivity Tips to Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet

    7 Productivity Tips to Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet

    Do you ever find yourself swamped with work? Can you never catch a break because your to-do list just keeps growing? We know how hard it can be to balance work, a social life, and a healthy lifestyle. We also know it can be tough to keep up with all the new trending productivity tips out there, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite. These productivity tips will help you make better use of your time, and get the most out of your day! Here are 7 productivity tips to make 2017 your most productive year yet.

    Productivity Tips for a Productive Year

    1. Wake Up Early

    It’s proven that your mornings can either make or break your day. Getting a head start to your day will give you the boost you need to power through the day, and be your most productive self. While your bed may seem so comfortable in the morning, you’re wasting your time just lying there prolonging the day ahead. Start with getting up 15 minutes earlier every day, and gradually set your alarm earlier every morning.

    1. Write Down Your Goals

    You can simply start by writing down your priorities and weekly goals every Sunday night or Monday morning. On your Think Board, jot down your biggest goal for the week. That way every time you look at your Think Board you’ll be reminded of your goal, and you’ll be more likely to accomplish it. Review your goals at the end of every day and ask yourself if you accomplished what you wanted to.

    1. Put Your Smartphone Away

    This is one of the most important productivity tips out there. You may not realize it, but your phone is your biggest distraction. The best thing to do is turn the ringer off, and put your phone somewhere where you can’t see it or reach out. As they say – “out of sight, out of mind.” Limit the time you check your phone and social media throughout the day. You’ll realize how much productive your day is without your phone constantly in your hand.

    1. Plan Ahead & Categorize Your To-Do List

    Did you know that when your check something off on your to-do list, your brain releases dopamine, which gives you an extra boost and desire to check more items off – more checking = more getting stuff done! Yay! Rearrange your goals every week to make sure you allow yourself time to address your top priorities.

    Productivity Tips - Make a To-Do List

    1. Work in a Productive Space

    More and more people are starting to work from home, which is great because you don’t have to spend hours sitting in morning commute traffic. But for some people, working from home also presents more distractions through the work day. No matter if you’re working from your home or office, make sure you have a clean and organized space where you can be productive.

    1. Use Checklists

    When you’re feeling overworked or don’t even know where to begin, make a simple checklist to keep you on track. The Think Board is the perfect platform for you to jot down your daily, weekly or even monthly checklist. Checklists are one of our favorite productivity tips, and they are a great way to stay on track, and get ahead of the game.

    1. Don’t Procrastinate

    Write this nice and big on your Think Board – DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Instead of prolonging the task, tackle it head on and get it done right away. Don’t keep putting it off. Just do it. That way your work never piles up, and you won’t be dreading the task all day long. When you’re feeling the tug of procrastination, look at your to-do list and weekly goals to keep you on track.

    We know work can be hectic at times, but these productivity tips are sure to keep you on track and on top of your weekly goals! Use the Think Board to jot down quick to-do lists and you’ll never fall behind again. Shop all of our Think Board products here.

    Think Board Founder Hanson Grant to be Featured on Hatched TV Show

    Think Board Founder Hanson Grant to be Featured on Hatched TV Show

    The American Dream – we all want it, but only some of us work toward it every day, and achieve it. Think Board Founder Hanson Grant will be on Hatched, the new entrepreneurial show that gives inventors and entrepreneurs a chance to put it all on the line for the American Dream. Airing Feb. 25, Think Board will present its product to Hatched panel. 

    Think Board Founder on Hatched TV

    A nationally syndicated TV show, Hatched connects emerging brands with successful mentors and investors, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The entrepreneurial television show is much more than just entertainment; Hatched is a delightful mix of a multimedia platform with retail and corporate partners, digital experts, and talented investors.

    Judges on Hatched include Steve Seigel, former investment banker at Bear Stearns and JP Morgan, Hedge Fund Professional and prominent early stage investor and operator.

    Courtney and Carter Reum are also judges on Hatched. The Reum brothers are the founders of M13, a brand development and investment company accelerating businesses of consumer products, technology and media.

    Think Board Founder on Hatched TV Show

    Think Board’s episode, airing on Feb. 25, will show Think Board’s founder and young entrepreneur, Hanson Grant, presenting his unique product to the Hatched panel. What makes the Think Board unique is its ability to turn your desk, door, wall or any flat surface into a dry erase canvas for creativity!

    \Will the Hatched panel agree with Hanson about his one-of-a-kind product? Tune in Feb. 25 to find out! Check your local listing for time and TV station:

    Leading up to the Hatched premiere, Get 15% OFF Think Board with code HATCHED15 on our site!


    Watch the preview for Think Board Founder Hanson Grant on Hatched TV here: 


    Think Board Founder Hanson Grant Joins Gary Vaynerchuk at Haste & Hustle 2017

    Think Board Founder Hanson Grant Joins Gary Vaynerchuk at Haste & Hustle 2017

    On Feb. 9 and 10, Think Board founder Hanson Grant will join lead visionaries and entrepreneurs Gary Vaynerchuk, Casey Neistat, Jon Dick and many more at the first annual Haste and Hustle marketing event.

    Haste and Hustle is Canada’s most anticipated marketing event of the year. Haste and Hustle will bring together the top minds in the digital marketing industry for a one-of-a-kind two-day event, which is designed to “inspire and explore the alignment of sales and marketing.”

    Entrepreneurs and business owners from all over the world will learn skills directly from successful entrepreneurs, receiving an immense experience that guarantees to stimulate and inspire sales professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners. 

    Guest speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk, Casey Neistat, Manjit Minhas, Jon Dick, Erin Bury and many more. Each speaker will provide guests new insights to the business world, allowing them to learn how to successfully grow their businesses.

    Gary Vaynerchuk. Photo provided by

    Think Board founder Hanson Grant and his team will be giving away eight Premium Medium Peel and Stick Dry Erase Boards at their booth during this year's Haste and Hustle event so be sure to stop by!

    Event attendees will receive a special 15% discount on their Think Board purchases during the event with code HUSTLE15. 

    Stay tuned for more announcements about Think Board and the 2017 Haste and Hustle marketing event in Canada.

    For more information about Haste and Hustle, please visit 

    Cupid's Cup 2017: Think Board Competes in The Nation’s Toughest Business Competition

    Cupid's Cup 2017: Think Board Competes in The Nation’s Toughest Business Competition

    On Feb. 6, Think Board and other competing startups from the nation’s top universities, business schools and entrepreneurship centers are coming together with one goal in mind – to win the 2017 Cupid’s Cup.

    This year’s Cupid’s Cup’s semi-finals are located at Under Armour’s global headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. Kevin Plank, Founder & CEO of Under Armour, is looking for the nation’s most innovative young entrepreneurs to compete in the 2017 Cupid’s Cup.

    The 12 remaining startups, including Think Board, have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants to advance to the 2017 semi-finals. The semi-finalists will travel from all over the world to present their businesses to the Cupid’s Cup judges, who are a group of established investors and entrepreneurship experts.

    The top five startups from the semi-finals will advance to the Cupid’s Cup finals on March 30, at the Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

    The winner of the 2017 Cupid’s Cup will win the grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash prizes, access to Kevin Plank’s professional network and the respected title of Cupid’s Cup champion.

    Think Board’s creator, Hanson Grant from Babson College, will be presenting the Think Board to esteemed judges at the 2017 Cupid’s Cup.

    Cupid’s Cup brings together the top young entrepreneurial and innovative minds in the country, and inspires the community of college students and recent graduates who have followed Under Armour’s Founder and CEO Kevin Plank’s lead by following their dreams, and starting their own companies.

    For more information about the 2017 Cupid’s Cup, visit For more about Think Board, please visit

    Think Board Founder Hanson Grant: How Think Board Began

    Think Board Founder Hanson Grant: How Think Board Began

    This past Thursday (April 16), teams of undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni competed $20,000 grand prizes in the Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (BETA) challenge. The event, which is in its fourth year, is hosted at Babson College’s Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship.

    Three semifinalist teams in each category presented their ventures to a panel of 10 judges and one from each category was selected for a $20,000 prize. “The teams did not make it easy for the judges,” says Janet Strimaitis, executive director of the Blank Center. She said the reason why is students this year did a great job of tapping into networks outside of the private business school.

    “We don’t have engineering and science, but the students have gotten ideas outside of consumer products,” Strimaitis explains. “They’ve tapped into networks outside of Babson to tackle big problems. We had teams in the clean energy space. Another team tapped into the clean hands issue in medical environments.”

    Indeed, they had ventures producing everything from a hand-hygiene measurement and analytic platform for medical facilities to a provider of clean energy to slums in developing countries to a tea company.


    While the winners of the undergraduate and graduate categories are examples of the diversity of ideas in the challenge, they both personally come from a lineage of entrepreneurship. Hanson Grant, a junior at Babson, had the beginnings of his winning idea when he started a t-shirt company in high school. “I was experimenting with adhesives and dry erase coding, trying to invent a dry erase t-shirt,” Grant recalls.

    When Grant graduated from high school he left the t-shirt company behind. But the entrepreneurial spirit stayed close. Both of his parents are entrepreneurs and self-employed and Grant wanted to follow their paths. He applied to a few East Coast schools but when he was accepted to his “reach school” of Babson, he decided to go.

    It was during prof. Len Green’s Ultimate Entrepreneurial Challenge course when the second piece of his winning idea was put together. In the elective course, students are given ordinary objects and told to come up with out-of-the-box ideas with them.

    “Our group was given a mug and told to make it into something entrepreneurial,” Grant says. “We made it into an optimism mug by cutting it off half way so it was always half full.”


    As Grant was brainstorming ideas, he wanted a writing surface. So he took what he had learned from adhesives and dry erase surfaces and created a clear sheet of dry erase surface with an adhesive back. He put it on his dorm room desk. Soon others in the dorm started taking notice and asking about the product.

    “They went bananas over it,” Grant says.

    Suddenly, Grant had a product and a market. He called it Think Board. He soon realized college students don’t have a lot of money so he started reaching out to businesses. Companies can put their own logos on the Think Boards they but in their offices. Finally, Grant partnered with a local middle school to put Think Boards on the desks of students.

    And that’s the market where Grant sees the most room for growth. He’s spent the past few weeks developing the product based on recommendations from teachers and students and will soon be introducing the product to other schools. “We hope to be in five middle schools by the end of the summer and 50 schools before fall semester begins and then nation-wide by 2016,” says Grant.