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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.

      Lifestyle Magazine Features Think Board in Family Gift Guide

      Lifestyle Magazine Features Think Board in Family Gift Guide

      Splash Magazine featured Think Board in their family and children gift guide, saying Think Board "Lets Students Brainstorm, Solve Problems, Write Notes On Desks And Walls."

      Description: Want to brainstorm? Solve math problems? Write poetry? Develop ideas for stories? Make a list? Just write on your desk or wall. It’s not vandalism – it’s creative learning! Think Board lets kids, as well as their parents and teachers, write about anything on a clear, reusable, removable vinyl adhesive film that they can use on a desk, wall, table, refrigerator, or any other smooth surface. It sparks students’ creativity, stimulates thinking, and facilitates problem solving. Unlike stationary, heavy white boards, dry erase Think Boards can be used anywhere, with no nails or drilling. Think-Board comes in three sizes: 8-1/2” x 11” ($17.49), 30” x 30” ($24.99) and 54” x 30” ($29.99). Two sizes of monthly calendars. Each kit includes an Expo marker, spray bottle, squeegee (for installation), a set of Velcro dots (to attach the marker), and an instruction card on

      Price: $17.49 to $29.99

      Source: LA Splash,

      Geek Dad Blog: "Think Boards Are Really Pretty Great"

      Geek Dad Blog: "Think Boards Are Really Pretty Great"

      Stainless steel isn’t magnetic. While that’s completely obvious to lots of people, I’d never given it any thought one way or the other. It was just one of those things that I’d never had any reason to ponder. That is, until our oven broke, which led to replacing all of our kitchen appliances so that they still matched. The look we went with? Stainless steel.

      Like most families, the refrigerator served the dual purpose of keeping stuff cold and providing a sort-of family bulletin board, with magnets collected over the years holding the kids’ artwork, school projects, and a small dry-erase board that was used for shopping and to-do lists, messages, and the like.

      Well, for those folks who paid more attention in science than I seemed to have, where this story is going is obvious: new fridge gets installed, and I go to put the magnets back on, helplessly watching as they immediately fall to the floor.  Ugh.

      While our new fridge does its primary job (keeping stuff cold) fantastically well, it was a total fail in that other job. Ikea’s DEKA wire provided an alternate (and ultimately nicer) way to show off the kids’ art, but the dry erase board was sorely missed. That is until Think Board sent a sample of their product for me to review.

      Think Boards are essentially temporary, repositionable dry-erase panels. They’re made from a clear adhesive that will temporarily stick to pretty much any smooth surface, but can be freely moved as needed. The website advertises using them on desks and walls, but I put the one they sent on the fridge and it hasn’t moved since.

      I did find it fairly difficult to get totally smooth, and the adhesive side picks up fingerprints very easily, but neither of those really concern me. At least not enough to not recommend the product, because we can at long last write stuff on the fridge again. And that makes it totally worthwhile.

      The sample I got was the 8½ x 11 Think Board Kit, which contained a Think Board, dry erase marker, and spray to make erasing easier. It retails for $17.99. They also have 30×30 and 54X30 boards, and 14×14 and 50×50 boards printed with calendar grids. While putting them on walls is the obvious choice (although that texture they use for walls in most homes limits the places you could put it), I could see using the bigger ones as an overlay for a table so younger kids could draw to their heart’s content without damaging the surface.

      All in all, Think Boards are really pretty great, and definitely something worth checking out.

      Source: Geek Dad,