The new year is almost here! For some people, the dawn of a new year is an opportunity to reflect and improve. Others see the new year as just another day and are far more likely to reflect and improve when they feel internally compelled to do so. They see nothing magical about January 1st; the third Thursday in October works just fine for them, thank you very much. In either case, the process of reflecting and thinking through improvements can be useful.


Do you prefer big, audacious goals or smaller ones? Experts are split on this. Some recommend huge…

Productivity Advice

Several years ago, comedian Jerry Seinfeld offered a piece of creative advice to another aspiring comic, Brad Isaac: The only way to be a better comedian is to write more, and the best way to write more is to write every day. But that isn’t where the advice ended. Seinfeld went on to share his method for motivating himself to write daily:

“He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for…

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house or you’re packing up the car — and the kids, the pets, the kitchen sink — to travel somewhere else, this time of year can seem particularly hectic if you don’t plan ahead. Of course, there’s no guarantee that planning ahead will result in your desired outcome, but it could significantly improve your chances of having a smooth holiday. Keep reading for more information on how The Arena App can help you plan for whatever this Thanksgiving holds for you!

Thanksgiving: Planning a Trip

At first glance, the option to travel somewhere else for the holiday seems…

Planning Your Day

Most productivity tips and practices encourage people to focus on 3 big projects to get done every day. And if you have some smaller tasks that need to be completed, it may be more helpful to roll them into one bigger task (though maybe not one of your 3 for the day), and just chip away at them at the same time. But then how does that look when you’re planning your day?

Impact and Effort

With The Arena App, every project you enter will be added on a scale of impact and effort. The best part? You get to say how much…

The Importance of Play

“All this thinking about fun made me realize that I had to make time for it. Too often, I’d give up fun in order to work. I often felt so overwhelmed by tasks that I’d think, ‘The most fun would be to cross some items off my to-do list. I’d feel so much better if I could get something accomplished’” (Rubin 122).

If you’ve been following our social media, you’ve seen our weekly posts asking, “What would you do with more time in your day?” and the accompanying photos of enjoyable activities people partake in when they have free time…

Manage Your Day

One of the best suggestion for organization and productivity is to manage/keep track of your tasks in as few places as possible. The Arena App is best used in conjunction with an overall task list so you can see the big picture as well as the daily breakdown. This gives you a better sense of what your most important tasks for the day are, and where you can fit in the smaller to-dos. Keep reading for some ways that Arena can help you better manage your day!

The Arena App is designed to manage your day with as little effort…

The Distraction Loop

It happens to the best of us: You’re plugging along in your workday, finishing tasks left and right, when all of a sudden your email notification dings..then dings again. And then Slack alerts you that someone sent a message. Suddenly, you find yourself lost in a notification loop, and you can’t seem to get out of it in order to get back to work. As technology advances, so does the ability for someone (or something) to get in touch with you at all times of the day. This also creates the possibility of unlimited distractions in your work, which cuts…

College Life

The semester is in full swing, but you’re still trying to find the perfect balance of work and play. As fall break (yay!) and midterms (boo!) near, it is time to look at the assignments you have due, the amount of effort each will take, and how you are really using your time. Keep reading for some tips on the best ways to stay focused and on task while navigating the freedoms of your collegiate life.

Record Your Assignments

The first tip for staying on task is to record all of your major assignments as soon as you receive your class syllabi. Just…

Checklist Feature Focus

The Benefits of a Checklist

You planned a Halloween party and somehow forgot to buy ice and extra candy. You had it in your head the whole time to pick up both at the store, but every time you went, you somehow forgot. Next time, you’ll make a checklist of all of the things you need to remember for your party! Now, who can you call to bring the ice and candy…

Tailor Your Checklist

The Arena App: Daily Planner features both custom made and pre-built checklists for several tasks. All checklists in Arena are editable as well, so you can easily turn the Plan…

New Updates to the Best Productivity App

Your team Scrum call happens every day at 8:30 a.m. Your marketing meeting is every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Your financial projections are due on the 75th day of every quarter. Instead of entering in these tasks every time they occur, Arena now allows you to choose if a task is repeating, as well as the frequency they occur. These show up in your Arena Play screen with arrows denoting that they repeat, and can be edited at any time if the day of your task changes. …

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