6 Strategies to Increase Personal Productivity in Your Business

Everybody has twenty four hours in a day and how you use those hours, makes a world of difference in your life and business. Following are the six important strategies to increase your personal productivity so that you can be more effective in life as well as in your business. By implementing these strategies, you can reduce the time spent on unproductive activities and increase your focus and concentration on the tasks that matter to you the most.

Keep your WHY in front of you
Whenever you feel like not working in the business or getting bored or feel like taking it easy, remind yourself WHY you are doing the business in the first place. This will bring you back on track and keep you focused in the business.

Keep your accomplishments in front you
Keep your accomplishments in front of you so that you can see them daily and as often as you can. They will remind you that you are an accomplisher and you have a track record of successfully completing things. Whenever you are faced with a problem, for which you haven’t found a solution yet, you remind yourself that you are able to solve bigger problems than what you have at hand and you will find a solution to it. This composure helps your mind to seek a solution to the problem much faster.

Make a list of things that needs to be done
Make a list of things that needs to be done for a particular day or half a day or evening.
When you write them on the paper, you don’t have to memorize them and you can refer to them as often as you want. Prioritize the list so that you will know which tasks needs to be completed first. As you finish each task, cross off the item on the list.

Avoid time killers
When you are working on a task, do not divert your focus for answering a phone or checking an email. When you do that you lose concentration and it takes another 20 minutes before you can completely involve in the task at hand again.

Work on 50 minute intervals
Work on 50 minute time slots. We will not be able to effectively concentrate on one particular task for a long time. Work for 50 minutes and take 10 minutes break. Stretch you legs, drink a glass of water or go out into your back yard to breathe fresh air. This helps you to concentrate better on the task you are going to do next.

Reward yourself
Reward yourself when you finished a task or a set of tasks successfully. Give yourself a pat on the back and a word of encouragement. You will have the satisfaction of getting things done. This keeps you motivated to work harder.

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5 Reasons Personalized Products Are Hot in Today’s Marketplace

In today’s market personalized products are a very hot commodity. There is not much to not like about personalized products. Technology has revolved to the point where the common product that come in every shape and size from small pens to vehicles can be taken and personalized to make unique and special products for the consumer. With the help of the computer anyone can bring these hot products into their home at a very affordable price.

1. Technology – The technology for personalization has been around for many years. The cost and convenience of the personalization was usually costly and had to be sent away only to be returned to the customer weeks later. Today that sort of shopping usually does not work well for the average consumer who is use to the quick shop and go. So now with software that in now available at prices that small business owners can afford along with the convenience of laptops and printers has brought the system to physical locations shared with customers.

2. Personalization for all Products – So many different items can be personalized. A company can use personalized items to be given away promoting any special event to having their vehicle wrapped in personalization. Non-profit organizations and special event gatherings can use personalized items as gifts and mementos. Food can even be personalized; birthday cakes and such have been doing it for years. But now candies are joining the personalization campaign, names and small messages can be added to the candy. Perhaps the largest section of personalization is in the gift category.

3. Personalization brings Uniqueness – As mentioned earlier, the gift category is where we see personalization used at its best in many different item categories. Baby and children clothing, toys, educational and entertainment items, adult items, household and yard products, the list goes on and on with what can be personalized. In today’s economy the educated shopper looks for uniqueness as well as a good value. When faced with making a decision on a purchase one can never go wrong when choosing the product that comes with personalization. It shows thoughtfulness with a unique twist to the receiver of the gift.

4. Online Presence Brings Personalization into Every Home – For the most part the internet and its services are available to just about everyone who desires it. And with that presence the world grows smaller and easier to find access to items that aren’t available to those who don’t live in areas with Wal-Marts and malls. A quick Google search and any personalized item that one thinks can appear on their screen as fast as their internet connect allows, this modern technology is beneficial for both the small business owner and customer.

5. Price – Another reason that personalized products are hot is because the price point for these items aren’t that much more then a similar product without the personalization. Years ago when the technology for personalization was young prices were high and product was had to make and find. However, that is no longer the case and makes personalized products the answer to an affordable, thoughtful and unique gift.

Personal Productivity – Where it All Starts

Is personal productivity about — getting more done in less time? And does this equally apply in any different situation? … Alright I couldn’t hide the clue … But think about a teacher.

The teacher, in the front of a classroom.

I’m picturing a woman, mid forty, someone with quite a lot of experience, friendly when possible, serious when required.
Maybe you remember yourself in this classroom. Not all teacher were equally capable of handling difficult situations. And how did you respond to this teacher and to others. What teachers did you really learn from?

We equally reward teachers whether they excel or not in teaching. They do not get paid more for the preparation time they need and they reserve for each lesson. So … we equally under reward teachers. In the same way were we equally under reward housekeeping, parenting and other jobs that are necessary but not always fun to complete.

But more important, about this teacher, is one teacher able to get more done in less time? And how do we measure this? How do we know that the average level of education is increasing or not each year? But indirectly, the society is affected by this educational level.

As with the quantity and quality discussion, productivity has many different faces. This one — THE TEACHER — just presented is one of them, that shows that productivity is not (only) about getting more done or about using palm and other technology to increase productivity.

The first step in increasing productivity is to focus on the specifics of each productive role. Each role is unique and responds to different requirements.

© 2006 Hans Bool

Charging Up Your Personal Productivity

Have you ever wondered that there are so many things to do but yet so little time to use? Have you always been busy at work? Have you always been saying, “I’m busy”, “not now…” or “I do not have enough time!” At the end of the day, you feel there is no sense of achievement from a long day at work and you have no clue about it. Have you always envy the performance and time management of your co-workers? (Or you simply don’t care). Do you want to power up your personal productivity and improve your time management like your co-workers?

We’re going to introduce you a power concept that will make you efficient and productive at work. It’s called the 24-hour pay check. It’s the base principle in getting self-disciplined for time management (good time management requires self-disciplined). Everyday, you are given a pay check of 24-hours. No more, no less. However, this “free” pay check can only be utilized in a day. Like a one-day voucher at the shopping mall. You cannot ask for more (time) in the check nor can you deposit and reuse it for another day. You have to use it in that day only.

timeIn a normal weekday, you spend 7 hours sleeping. 3 hours traveling to and from the office. You work average a day of 8 ½ hours with lunch breaks included. Now how much time do we have left? That’s an estimated 5 ½ hours left in the pay check. With the remaining 5 ½ hours left, you need to have breakfast, buy groceries, shower, dinner and washing the dishes. Say that takes another 3 hours. You’ve got 2 ½ hours left. These 2 ½ hours will be your only leisure and self-improvement time. Not forgetting if you have kids, part of the remaining hours will be used attending to their needs… And all this CANNOT be brought forward to the next day!

Now you can see that time is a precious commodity and we should treasure every expense of it. Using this powerful concept, we can identify what are the time wasters and what are the things to do to be productive. The time spent at the workplace is an average of 8 ½ hours. 1 hour is used for lunch break. ½ hour is used for tea break. Another ½ hours maybe spent at the water cooler on gossips and rumors. Back at your desk, you enter into procrastination mode for another ½ hours in and out throughout the day. You received an average 6 phone calls of 5 minutes interval every day and this sums up to another ½ hour being used.

How much time is left from the 8 ½ hours? We’ve left with 5 ½ hours… yes, we’re not finished yet. You have to handle fire-fighting tasks such as co-workers’ enquiries/requests and attend to emails. That will be another 1 ½ hours. You spent time chatting on the instant messenger for another 1 hour throughout the day. This includes time to respond to your buddy and time wasted flipping your tasks and the instant messenger. Finally, with all the things going on in the workplace, you give yourself another ½ hour of personal breaks throughout the day. Let’s not also forget that there are people who spend time reading newspaper or looking at stock prices at work…

Now how much time do we have left? Only 3 hours is left for you to do actual productive work. Can you see how much time is really effective used if you were operating daily like this? If you can optimize the time, wouldn’t you be able to achieve more things in a day? Now re-look your daily schedule in the workplace. Does it resemble anything like that? If it does, our advice is you need to rethink of the important things in life (and office) for yourself. Of course, “important things” can mean differently with people. But if you stumbled upon here seeking for time management solution, you will know deep in your heart the definition of “important things”.