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”.

Time Management Tips for Entrepreneurs – How to Boost Your Personal Productivity

One of the most common challenges that people face, especially entrepreneurs, is to effectively manage their time. In this information age, there is too much information to sift through and if you let the information control you then you will feel overwhelmed and under-achieve. So what does one have to do to improve their personal productivity? Several ideas have been proposed and here I would like to summarize all the points into 4 main points. So let’s get started.

Point #1: Break free from the Time Management myth: You have to first change your mindset and point of view to understand and acknowledge the fact that Time cannot be managed. Time is time and is a constant. What you have to focus on, instead, is how to manage YOURSELF in time. Stephen Covey once said, “Time Management is a misnomer. The key is to manage yourself.” So from the here on, the focus will be on how YOU can take charge of your time.

Point #2: Tackle Overwhelm effectively: In this age you have too much information coming at you, and one keeps jumping from one topic to the other leading to overwhelm and waste of time. We always move in the direction we look. So if you want to change your direction, then just change where you look. And one keeps looking at different things throughout the day, and guess what they end up moving everywhere – and that means nowhere. So how do you tackle it? Let’s start with you – Don’t complain about too much information. The way you look at it determines how you would react to it. You CANNOT AVOID overwhelm, but you CAN MANAGE it. And this is how you do it:

1. You must form the habit of scheduling everything that needs to be done: You cannot just react to new information. Be a student and not a follower. Your day should have a pattern and everything that needs to be done should be given an appointment. If the newspaper wants you to read it, then you should give the newspaper a specific time to engage you. Your time is important, so everything that takes away your time should be scheduled.

2. Disconnect yourself regularly: Take regular time-offs from your daily grind. Find ways of relaxation and refresh yourself with new ideas and thoughts. Engage in your hobbies regularly. If you like fishing, schedule it every week. It’s said that the most creative ideas come to you when your mind is relaxed. So when once you are back at your work, you are keyed up and raring to go.

Point #3: Avoid the #1 killer of time – Distractions: It’s not social media, emails, etc that causes you distractions; it’s YOU. You are the one who let’s them distract you. You cannot do things when you feel like doing it; you have to schedule it. You have to build a boundary of protection around you. The best solution, what I have experienced, to tackle distractions is to get the most important things done before distraction comes looking for you. That means that most of the distractions start after people have started waking up and getting to work. Roughly after 1000 am things start to take on the colors of distraction. So the best thing to do is to schedule all your important activities early in the morning. By doing this, you ensure consistent productivity. It’s said that great poet Ernest Hemmingway used to finish off all his writing before 1000 am. After that, he used to enjoy life. Use that principle.

Point #4: Choose your environment: My experience shows that I can’t get everything done in front of my work-desk. I also don’t like to exercise in the house. I tend to do better outdoors, sucking in the fresh morning air. What environment you choose is entirely up to you. It helps to assign specific environments to specific activities.

To summarize, if you take a look at the above 4 points, you will see a common pattern – it’s about YOU. It starts with you and ends with you. You have the total power and control to manage yourself and boost your productivity. Try the above techniques for a week, and see how you adapt to it.

All the best and God Bless.