Think of reading as a solitary pursuit? The explosion
of social media makes this hobby, and many more, something you can pursue with
a community of like-minded people. So take your hobby to another level by
Atlantic Magazine teamed with journalism professor and author Jeff Howe to launch a Twitter book club (@1book140) that has nearly 67,000 participants. Every month, the participants vote on book
selections and engage in lively, free-wheeling online discussions. Howe has
even lured several authors to tweet in to discussions on their works. Finding
someone to talk with about your favorite book or plot twist has never been so
a Group for That
No matter your hobby, there's a social network out
there for you. Social media communities like Hobeze,
offer users more than 700 hobby social networks ranging from stamp collecting
to windsurfing. The site not only allows users to find fellow enthusiasts, it
provides forums for buying and selling gear as well as information on improving
techniques with videos and articles.
For more hobby-specific social networks, check this
you use social media to enjoy your hobbies? Share your thoughts here and on the
Pendaflex Facebook page.
Who says commencement
speeches are just for students? The 2005 Stanford commencement address where Steve Jobs famously said "stay hungry,
stay foolish" has attracted nearly 7 million views on YouTube. And why not?
Good advice is good advice no matter what age you are.
In search of a dose of
inspiration? Consider putting on a virtual cap and gown and listening to the
advice dished out by the crop of 2012 commencement speakers.
In The Comprehensive Guide to The Best, Most Inspiring Commencement
Speeches Of 2012, luminaries such as President Obama and NYC Mayor
Michael Bloomberg as well as television personalities Katie Couric and Brian Williams share wisdom.
Television writer Aaron Sorkin gives some hilarious advice in his Syracuse
University address and Glee-star Jane Lynch taps into her sketch
comedy roots to give an equally amusing, yet tender speech. Late-bloomers take
note: Lynch talks about coming into her own professionally and personally after
Another great round-up
of remarks can be found at web site Brain Pickings; we particularly like the speech by poverty crusader Jacqueline Novogratz. To live a life of purpose, Novogratz offers four pieces of advice:
1) Focus on being interested, not on being interesting;2) Don't worry about what others think of you; 3) Avoid
cynicism and 4) Build on what came before.
Sage advice, and not just for the
21-year old set!
Finally, why stop at 2012? Great minds have been giving
excellent advice since as long as commencements have had speakers. Time
Magazine rounds up its Top 10 Commencement Speeches with remarks dating as far back as Winston Churchill's 1941 speech at the Harrow School to a more recent Stephen Colbert address.
you hear an inspiring commencement address this spring? What is best piece of
advice you've heard in an address? Share your thoughts here and on the
Pendaflex Facebook page.
What do you mean you haven't booked a summer vacation yet? Time
to pack up the sun block and beach reads and get on the road. If you're still
looking for getaway ideas, crowdsource your
vacation plans this summer for easy, innovative vacation planning.
Don't let the trendy name put you off; crowdsourcing is just
good old-fashioned checking in with your network for trip ideas and recommendations.
But social media now makes takes this brainstorming with friends to a whole new
level. Not sure where to go? Consider polling your friends, literally, with a
Facebook poll that you can create here. Or
visit Pinterest for
inspiration; the online bulletin board is a vast repository of exotic (and
local) trip ideas. Spend some time surfing around and getting inspired. Click here and here for a
Once you have a few destinations in mind, turn to Tripadvisor.com to vet
hotel choices, flights, tour packages and more. The user-reviews amplify your
own networking, allowing you to hear numerous reviews on virtually any
And the feedback doesn't need to end, even once you're happily
at your destination of choice. Vacationers using Foursquare and
Facebook "check-ins" can
get feedback on everything from restaurants, to bars, to can't-miss sights. And
more and more, businesses offer discounts or promotions to customers who check
in. So get your network on it! Vacation awaits!
you crowdsource your travel info? Do you like to get recommendations from
friends? Do you vet your travel choices online? Share your thoughts here and on
the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Like death and taxes, to-do lists are an inescapable part
of life. But sometimes it can feel as if the to-do list never quite gets done.
We've rounded up some tips, and some tools, that will have
you happily checking off your action items in no time flat.
Get from to-do, to done, with these three simple steps:
we have some tools that can help you put the "list" into your to-dos. Whether
you're a digital list making convert or an old-school pen and paper fan, the
round-up of resources in The Best Online & Offline
Tools for Managing Your To-Dos has
something for everyone.
do you manage your to-do lists? Is your go-to tool digital or paper and pen?
Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
June is all about dads and grads. Celebrate a special
someone this month with a gift that never languishes in the box or goes out of
style: the gift of organization.
Organizer: Consider gifting your loved one with sessions with a professional
organizer. If dad would love a spic and span garage but doesn't have the time
or inclination to do it solo, consider outsourcing the job to a pro.
Professionals can often work faster and more effectively than home-owners. Plus
they are savvy about resources and tools needed to best tackle a job. College
grads could also benefit from tips on handling their new adult lifestyle: job
hunting, bills, and setting up and maintaining a first-home all require
effective organization systems. To find a professional organizer in your area,
visit the National
Association of Professional Organizers.
There's an App for
That: Organizing is easier than ever with all the digital devices and apps on
the market. Consider splurging on a lap top or iPad for your loved one. CNET
has a great 2012 gift guide of must-have tech tools here. You can even
pre-load many with useful organizing apps which you can find here and here. Or gift them with
iTunes cards so they can buy apps for devices they already own.
Old School, Still
Cool: Sometimes the old way, is the best way. For jotting down notes, lists
and capturing brainstorms, gift your grad or dad with one of these stylish moleskin notebooks accompanied by one of these classic pens. We also think
nothing says "I love you, and I know you will love being organized" like the
gift of an amazing, high-end
you know a dad or a grad who would love an organizing gift? Share your thoughts
here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.