Archive | September, 2014

Happy Boss’s Day! An Interview with (Our Boss) Paul Hoffman

In honor of Boss’s Day we thought we’d share a little about Paul Hoffman, our boss and CEO of Calendars.com. Paul has been with Calendar Holdings, our parent company, since September 1993, when the company began. He also led the launch of Calendars.com in October 1999. In case you haven’t heard, it is our 15th anniversary this month!

When Paul first started his tenure, he was a seasonal employee charged with setting up store register and inventory tracking systems. Now he is here to tell us more about his life and career while adding a shocking answer to the pirate vs. ninja debate.

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15 Years! 15 Minutes of Fun!

This October marks the 15th anniversary of Calendars.com. 15 years. Wow.

We’ve decided to celebrate in a big way this month, 15 years after all is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. So, in addition to being thankful for 15 amazing years, we’ll find, and share, ways to have fun every single day.

October 1 – Flip Day

In celebration of Flip Day this month, reread our post about the perfect command center here. Start your month off right and get your house in order!

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Happy Cranky Co-Workers Day!

Grumpy Cat
On October 27th, make sure to have a Snickers bar and a double shot of espresso drink in hand. It’s Cranky Co-Workers Day!

Present these gifts to the office grouch to honor their contributions to the workplace. These contributions include: deliberately creating awkward silences to promote productivity, providing comfort to distraught co-workers by upstaging your troubles with tale of their terrible commute, and building personal character by obsessively terrifying everyone in the office.

So, cheers to the cranky co-worker!

Complain and whine your heart out today, because tomorrow we go back to cowering under our desk until you get your first cup of coffee.

Note: Cranky Co-workers Day Day is copyrighted by  Wellcat.

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Managing the Paper Tiger of Elementary School

Amy Knapp 2015 Family Organizer

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By Amy Knapp

The elementary school years produce more paper clutter, disguised as priceless pieces of art, than any other level. As we begin a new year, purchase a low profile, under the bed plastic storage box. As papers come in, sort into three categories; art, action, and information.

Art:
Whether it be your refrigerator, chalk board, or picture frame, designate an area for display. Sometimes you will be gifted with multiple pieces of art a week! Have your student help pick the most special and then store away the other in the box under the bed. As new art goes on display, the old art goes into the box.

Action:
Keep a folder or file for items that are going to require action. Keep it somewhere that it will be seen, both as a reminder and for quick reference. If you can put everything immediately into your calendar, including reminders and to-do’s that will be required. Once the event or action is complete you can either discard or move to information – you may need it for reference.

Information:
Nowadays you can look almost anything up online regarding your school and its schedule. For those papers you want to keep but won’t need immediate access to, create a file or folder that can be kept away. Each time you get a report card go through and purge old papers!
At the end of the school year have a big clean out. Go through the artwork, let your student keep five of their favorites; mail or send pictures of the rest to grandparents, aunts, and friends.

Creative ways to use old school art:
• Use pictures folded up as Christmas cards.
• Create a photo collage of drawings and paintings.
• Laminate and use as placemats on your table.
• Create an artwork wall in your student’s room.
• Use as wrapping paper for Birthday’s and Holidays.

About the Author:
Amy Knapp KitchenBorn in Washington, Michigan, Amy relocated to Chelsea, Michigan when she was young. She attended Western Michigan  University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from Western (’87) with a B. S. in Social Work.

In 1991, Amy joined forces with two other very talented women; together they formed Concept to Promotion, a specialty  advertising company. Within 5 years, sales had exceeded a million dollars a year and Knapp was doing national and international  promotions for large corporations headquartered in Michigan.

Six months after starting this business, Amy married her husband Dave. Now, they have two wonderful children. Complications with her daughter’s health led to her selling out of the business and staying home with the children.

Being a self-starter, Amy was disappointed with her lack of productivity and she couldn’t seem to get it going at home. Amy created what was soon to become Amy Knapp’s Family Organizer to keep track of appointments, errands, and schedules.

Amy is still a stay-at-home mom; also a soccer mom as her son begins his sports activities. For more information on Amy Knapp, make sure to check out her website at www.familyorganizer.com.

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