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Using nano particles to improve the performance of your whiteboard may sound like future-tech, but the innovative Fusion Nano-Clean™ board surface is here today.

Nano-clean is a hydrophobic coating that seals the board surface at the nano level for unparalleled ghost and stain protection. The whiteboard is able to resist ink penetration because nanoparticles are used to fill in the microscopic voids on the board surface. This new, cutting-edge science ensures optimal erasability and delivers longer-lasting use without leaving any stray marks or blemishes behind. Heavy, daily usage and leaving ink on the board is now less damaging. With Fusion Nano-Clean treatment ink can’t permeate the board surface, leaving a clean board after every use.

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Fusion Nano-Clean whiteboards are also magnetic to offer dual functionality. Notes can be written with any standard dry-erase marker, and printed materials can be posted to the board surface with standard magnets. This eliminates the need to have a whiteboard and bulletin board in your workspace; Fusion Nano-Clean serves as both.

The science of nanotechnology has enabled Quartet to create the whiteboard of the future. It even has an ultra-modern design. The board surface is recessed from the silver aluminum frame, and it can be mounted horizontally or vertically to best fit your space. Backed by a 25 year warranty, the Fusion Nano-Clean whiteboard is one of a kind, with properties that are controlled at the nano level.

Visit quartet.com to view a product demo and learn more about Quartet Fusion Nano-Clean Magnetic Whiteboards. Available for purchase starting January 1, 2016.

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Capture. Save. Share. Real-time sharing is that easy with a Quartet® SMART kapp™ board. Quartet®, the world’s largest provider of whiteboards, has teamed up with SMART Technologies Inc., the inventor of the interactive whiteboards, to deliver a full service solution that connects people around the world to a whiteboard using a simple, free app.

Quartet SMART kapp Digital Dry-Erase Board allows you to view content as it is created from any computer, tablet or mobile device. The leader signs in through the app and an HTML link is sent to all remotes users so they can see what is written or drawn on the board without being in the room. Up to 250 users* can participate in the real-time share from anywhere, making this the ultimate collaboration tool.

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One of the best things about the Quartet SMART kapp board is how easy it is to use. The digital function does not require any IT integration. It works just like any other app that you already use on a daily basis. The board connects to any mobile device with the free SMART Kapp app – available from the app store or Google Play for your iOS or Android device. Plug the board in, download the app and start sharing. That’s all it takes.

The controls on the board and within the app are very intuitive. For instance, a camera icon allows you to take snapshots of your notes and save as a pdf or jpeg. You can refer back to these images and distribute them to meeting participants via a cloud storage solution, such as Evernote®, Google Drive™ or Dropbox™, making this digital capture board a modern replacement for a basic whiteboard or paper flipchart.

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Quartet SMART kapp is also versatile. It works with any standard dry-erase marker and can still be used as a basic whiteboard.  It is up to you if you want to use the real-time sharing function. If you do take advantage of the digital connection features, the board offers full data security. Each session can be protected with a PIN code to protect sensitive information, and the shared notes are immediately deleted when you disconnect the device. Everyone in the office can share and collaborate using the Quartet SMART kapp board without any risk.

Available in two sizes and surface types, glass or painted steel, the Quartet SMART kapp Digital Dry-Erase board has a sleek design that looks great in any professional environment.  It has a thin profile and hangs on the wall with the included French cleat mounting hardware. You can also purchase a stand, sold separately, for increased mobility. Upgrade to a whiteboard for a modern world today, and watch a product demo at Quartet.com

 

*Premium version of the app required for 250 person sharing. Standard version offers 5 person sharing

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5 Productivity Tricks

Is one of your resolutions to become more productive in the New Year? It’s a popular selection. The good news is increasing your productivity and improving your time management skills doesn’t have to be an arduous task. It is something that anyone can accomplish and is useful year-round. And we’ve come up with 5 helpful tricks to get you started.

  1. Observe Yourself

Before you can become more productive, you have to see how you are spending your time. There may be gaps in the day that you spending doing meaningless tasks or being unproductive because of distractions. When you become aware of how you’re currently spending your time, it will become easier to change some habits and make better choices.

  1. Get Organized

Productivity occurs naturally if you are able to become organized. Organizing may seem daunting but it really as simple grouping similar items together. The less time you spend searching for something, the more time you have to be productive. Go beyond your physical desktop and organize your computer screen desktop too.

  1. Prepare Each Day

Take 15 minutes to leverage what you will do each day. Create priorities and make a plan to work through each and every one. Write down these priorities somewhere that you can constantly see them, and remember that you have control over your day. This helps to alleviate stress and make you more productive.

  1. Stay Motivated

When you are in a positive mood, you get more accomplished. Figuring out what motivates you is a very useful step to becoming more productive. If music is helpful, listen to upbeat, positive music or turn on a podcast to help pump you up. Everyone has a different motivation that helps them to feel good. Don’t let stress and other negative feelings deter you from becoming a more productive person.

  1. Get the Right Tools

One of the biggest obstacles to being as productive as possible is not having the tools you need at your disposal. Equip your work space with a whiteboard, dry-erase markers and other desktop accessories to easily keep track of your time, your progress and all your great ideas.

Anthony Fongaro, Quartet Blog Author & Editor

18th century English theologian Joseph Priestly once said:

“The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.”

The message of this quote is clear: when it comes to communicating…keep the method simple. This is especially true in the world of business. Brainstorming sessions tend to be more productive when participants communicate clearly and concisely.

For unadulterated information transference, there is no more effective tool than a whiteboard. Yes, a whiteboard. In a meeting room setting, nothing beats a whiteboard for presenting talking points effectively and creating a better brainstorming environment.

As a visual tool, whiteboards can play all the way to the back of the room. With the many bright dry-erase marker colors available, text is more clearly visible on a whiteboard than traditional chalkboards. And since writing is done is real time, whiteboards help make meetings more personal and engaging, than passively sitting through a PowerPoint presentation.

Sometimes meeting leaders become slaves to complicated computer configurations and the annoying software glitches that can sometimes occur. Not so with whiteboards. “If you’re brainstorming with another person face-to-face,” says blogger Celine Roque, “a whiteboard can work much better than software – because you’re both equally familiar with the tools and the brainstorming isn’t constantly interrupted by technical errors and questions such as ‘What button do I press now?’”

In short, a whiteboard might not be as sexy as streaming video in a brainstorming session, but utilizing a whiteboard in your next meeting can help you be a better communicator. Whiteboards strip away presentation complexity, so you can communicate more effectively. Joseph Priestly would definitely approve.

Help Stop Overworking

In today’s society, working more than 8 or 9 hours has become frequent. There are times when work has to be done from home. No matter what the position is, employees from entry level to CEOs should work hard at their jobs. Working hard is good. The problem starts when overworking kicks in. Checking your emails at inappropriate times, working while on vacation, and staying late in the office when others have been gone for hours are the tell-tale signs of overworking. Your productivity doesn’t increase just because you go above and beyond the call of duty. Overworking can be detrimental to you, your team, and personal relationships.

Sometimes, people don’t even know they are overworking themselves, but if you are the first to arrive and last to leave on a regular basis that is a warning sign. Here are 3 tried and true ways to help stop overworking:

  • Give yourself breaks during the day, and take days off.
  • Leave work at work and don’t bring it home with you.
  • Determine when you stop, which should at your scheduled end time.

When you overwork yourself you are putting yourself at risk of physical and emotional burnout. But we know changing may not be so simple. So, we’ve gathered a few of the best articles out there with more detailed info to help you recognize if you really are overworking and more suggestions if you want to make a change.

17 Signs You Might Be a Workaholic

When Hard Work Becomes Overwork

The Truth About Workaholics

Why You Need to Stop Working All The Time

Job Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action

-Anthony Fongaro. Quartet Blog Author & Editor

shutterstock_155644700With the New Year approaching, people start thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. These usually range from losing weight to trying something new and exciting. In terms of work, employees start to think about how they can better themselves and be happier in their jobs. A popular resolution is to be more productive and organized, to become a better leader, or an expert in your field. These resolutions are doable even before the clock strikes 12. The trick is figuring out how to go about reaching  your goal to be a better you  and keeping at your resolutions no matter the circumstance. Here are a few ways that you can better yourself at work.

  • Set reasonable goals.

Goals should be something that you can strive to accomplish without seeming impossible. Setting a goal to become the CEO of your company when you’re only an analyst won’t work. Instead, set goals that you know will be possible. Maybe you want a promotion or a raise this year? Keep your eye out for new job openings within your company and look for ways you can take on more responsibility, but be careful not to get burned out.

  • Get feedback.

While you’re setting your goals, ask your boss what you can improve on. There may be areas in your work that needs some fine tuning. While you are talking, remember to take the constructive criticism given to you well. If there were tasks or projects that you worked with multiple people on, ask them if there was anything you could have done better, like communicate more. You want to get feedback so you know exactly what is already working for you   versus what needs improvement.

  • Always learn.

How do experts become experts? They have knowledge and experience, yet they are continuously learning and evolving with their respect field. Something as simple as learning a new part of the business  or improving your computer skills  will help you to better yourself. Remember that there will always be a new product, process, or idea that can change an industry. If you want to be on top of your game, you have to keep learning.

These are a few different ways that you can become better at work. What are you planning to focus on in the upcoming New Year? Leave a comment below.
-Anthony Fongaro, Quartet Blog Author & Editor

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

The holidays are now in full swing. People are thinking about being with their families and friends, wrapping gifts, and indulging in holiday festivities. Even though the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, you still have to juggle deadlines with you holiday spirit.  It may seem difficult to stay productive during this busy time but it is possible. Here are a few ways to help you stay productive while enjoying the holiday season.

Don’t procrastinate. Setting up goals and priorities provides motivation to increase productivity and lower stress, and motivation is key if you have to take on extra responsibilities. A super-simple solution is to write down your most important priorities on your personal whiteboard where it’ll be easy to see. Once your first priority is done, you can check it off or erase it so you feel accomplished before starting the next task at hand. Doing this will help you remain upbeat and feel good about working through your to-do list.

Be prepared for days when you’ll be understaffed. Like summertime, the holiday season is a peak period for people taking time off. By using a shared calendar, employees can see how many people are off on critical days. People taking off may have work that will have to get passed off to others during this time. What helps is to know what others are working on. Write down all the goals and projects that people are doing to see who can take on additional work. Create an editable, online document and send it to those that are working with you. The key is to distribute all work evenly.

Incorporate holiday cheer into your work environment. It is the holidays, after all. You can decorate your office space, listen to holiday music while working, and have holiday themes on your computer. What you don’t want to do is do last-minute online shopping while at work. Avoid retail sites while you work. The added distraction not only hurts your productivity but also your wallet. If you decorate your office space, try not to go over-board. You want to feel cheerful without being distracting.

Planning a holiday celebration at work this year? Read 6 Questions to Ask When Planning a Holiday Office Party to make sure you don’t forget any crucial details!

-Anthony Fongaro, Quartet Blog Author & Editorcandy cane on keyboard!

Crowdfunding

 

For the past few years, the concept of crowdfunding has become very popular. Having people fund a project online has had countless success stories, with some projects receiving more than 200% of the monetary goal. There are a few different crowdfunding websites you can use to have people fund your idea or project.  Kickstarter.com says that 44% of the projects on it are fully-funded. To make sure you create a successful crowdfunding campaign, here are a few tips.

  • Reward your investors.

People like to have incentives when they invest, and using rewards is a great incentive to entice potential investors. Using a whiteboard, jot down the increments that you would like to have for rewards. Some of the most popular crowdfunding campaigns will have rewards at as little as $1 or $5 with something simple like a thank-you letter. As you move up the monetary ladder, have the rewards become more elaborate like t-shirts, memorabilia, a behind the scenes look at how your idea or project is made, and more.

  • Become a storyteller.

You could have the most innovative, passionate, or exciting idea, but if you can’t tell the world why they should back you, you’re going to have a hard time. Potential investors will want to see not only what your idea is, but also see concrete evidence on why it matters and why it will succeed. This is where photos and videos come into play. Without sounding desperate, tell the world about how you came up with your idea, where the money is going to go, and how this will better the lives of many people. Give as much detail as possible to make your investors believe in your idea as much as you do.

  • Don’t be greedy!

If you go onto a few crowdfunding websites, look at the campaigns that have failed. One of the reasons these fail is because the campaign is asking for too much money without justification. Figure out the costs of every aspect of your project, don’t just ballpark a number. Set the amount you want lower than what you expect you will get. This way, if you obtain that lower amount, you can keep that amount. Some websites don’t allow you to keep any of the investments pledged if the goal you set isn’t reached.

  • Do your research.

Even if you think your idea is totally original, look up similar projects on crowdfunding websites. Look at how they laid out their pages, what their rewards are, and how they explain themselves. Chances are, there will be similarities you can use.  See what worked and what failed. Once you do this, you can tailor your campaign and tap into the existing audience that others with related ideas have already created.

Crowdfunding can be a great way to get the dollars necessary to launch any idea or project that you have – turning your dreams into reality. If you have used crowdfunding, what tips can you give fellow readers who are just starting out?

Anthony Fongaro, Quartet Blog Author & Editor

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Let’s face it; becoming distracted at work is practically inevitable.  Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are only a click away from transporting us to a world of various cat videos and friends’ statuses. In this digital age where there’s an app for basically anything, how can we concentrate more at work? Well, we have a few simple tips to help you concentrate and pay attention to your work.

  • Put yourself in “Airplane Mode”

Modern smart phones and tablets have a special “Airplane Mode” that shuts off Wi-Fi and any mobile data. Devices with this turned on won’t receive any phone calls, text messages, or anything that requires the internet. This same mode can apply to you at work. If you’re someone who is constantly checking social media or email, log out. It’s really easy just to check one email or to send a message to someone only to spend the next few hours not doing the tasks assigned to you. Become incognito when you work. Don’t allow yourself to use any chat program or website that isn’t directly tied into your work.   If your cell phone is not on  “Airplane Mode” at least place it somewhere where you won’t be tempted to look at it every five minutes.

  • Take breaks

Overworking yourself won’t help you to concentrate more at work. Segment your time into chunks of 60-90 minutes to get your work done.  Allow your brain to breathe and process everything that you have done during the day. Taking breaks helps you to not get overwhelmed or exhausted, allowing less time for an unnecessary distraction to pop up. If you start to feel overwhelmed or think you’re going to stray from what you’re doing, you can go for a walk, listen to some music, or try to find something else productive.

  • Set goals

During the day, set yourself some goals that you need to accomplish at work. Create a list of the top priorities you need to do. Write down the goals on a whiteboard so they are prevalent to see. Review this list every day. For daily goals, set yourself a time limit of how long you want to work on that goal. These goals should be attainable. Don’t try to finish a project in a day if you know it will take a week. This way, if distractions do pop up, you know that you have something set in your mind that will help you to focus on your goal rather than the distraction.

  • Reward yourself

This may sound counter-intuitive, but when you get the goal done, reward yourself with a distraction. Social media will be a reward that many people will give themselves. Once you accomplished your goal, you can go onto a social media site like Facebook and Twitter to check out those cat videos. When you are rewarding yourself, it’s a good idea to also set a time limit.  When the time is up, move onto the next goal. Rewarding yourself will help you to concentrate on the next task since you allow distractions only after your goals are done.

When you’re feeling distracted, what do you do to help you concentrate and pay attention at work? Leave your tip in the comments below.

-Anthony Fongaro, Quartet Blog Author & Editor