Organizing and time management expert Julie Morgenstern (www.juliemorgenstern.com ) has teamed up with the specialty retailer Levenger to produce a new line of products aimed at helping busy professionals avoid timewasters, plan meaningful days—and stay balanced between work life and personal life. The line is available exclusively through Levenger (www.levenger.com).
The new line uses Levenger’s award-winning Circa note-taking system. Circa notebooks are known for their flexibility, with pages that can be easily removed and refiled in any Circa notebook. The secret is the notebook’s spine, a row of removable discs that both hold paper together and easily release it.
The centerpiece of the Morgenstern Circa line is a quarterly day-by-day agenda, the Circa Balanced Life Planner. Also included are a notebook designed to capture action steps from meetings, the Circa Next Action Notebook and a five-tiered planner for tracking multiple projects, the Circa Stepped Project Notebook.
Add-ons include a set of note cards for logging recurring tasks , the Circa Do Every Pad, and another set for allocating times each day for fulfilling both professional and personal roles, the Circa Time Map Pad. Note cards come Circa-punched for inserting wherever needed in a Circa notebook.
The Balanced Life Planner and other products “help you make good decisions about where to spend your time,” says Morgenstern.
Morgenstern, whom USA Today has described as the “queen of putting people’s lives in order,” is a 20-year veteran of organizational and productivity programs. She has provided training to Fortune 500 companies as well as individuals worldwide and is an often-tapped expert, sharing her advice on Today, Good Morning America, the former Oprah Winfrey Show, and NPR. She is frequently quoted on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and O.
“I chose to partner with Levenger because of our shared commitment to quality and innovation,” says Morgenstern. “The interchangeable parts of the Circa series support my philosophy that each system should be custom fit to the individual. And the rearrangeable page format is a perfect match for the dynamics of managing time. When you have to change your plans, it helps if your system can accommodate that need for flexibility.”
Features in the planner such as the 4D column prompt you to delete, delay, diminish or delegate the unnecessary, while a column for time estimating helps you plan what you can realistically accomplish in a day.
Morgenstern’s products become part of the Circa Thought Leader series at Levenger, partnerships that Levenger is undertaking to turn philosophies such as Morgenstern’s Balanced Life methodology into useful products.
Morgenstern’s Balanced Life, which recognizes the value of assigning time to both the personal and the professional, is in sync with the Slow Tech philosophy that Levenger practices. The company brings another level of productivity to high-tech gear by designing supporting products that use the heritage technologies of wood, leather and most especially, paper—thus balancing high tech and low.
“As much as we may work in the cloud, many of us still like to be grounded with something reassuringly physical, like a well-designed planner,” says Steve Leveen, the CEO and co-founder of Levenger. “Many experts will tell you that the physical act of writing something helps us remember. And writing with high quality, intelligently designed gear means you’re more likely to enjoy it and hence perform better overall.”
Morgenstern’s products feature the high-quality paper that Levenger is known for. They also include a number of helpful tips for finding time for the important things in one’s day and one’s life. Morgenstern, whose company is based in Manhattan, is also a New York Times bestselling author. Levenger is offering signed copies of her book, Time Management from the Inside Out.
High-quality note-taking products are among the major offerings of Levenger, which also sells fine writing instruments as well as various wood and leather holders for personal electronics. Founded in 1987, Levenger’s mission is to outfit customers with high-quality products designed for reading, thinking and creative expression. The company is headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida.
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