Personalized Products For National Fire Prevention Week

They say that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. And yes, this saying is true enough and very applicable in every situation that we are into. As the upcoming National Fire Prevention Week is fast approaching, the government and some non-profit groups will definitely post some guidelines and reminders about home protection and fire prevention. Indeed, fire incident is one of the most lethal things that may happen to you and your family. So to be able to keep everybody informed, there are information drives and affairs that are being organized.

Furthermore, these affairs that endeavors to keep everybody abreast on what they should do in cases of emergency like fire will never be complete with personalized items. Other than giving away flier, brochures and other reading materials there are the things that can open everybody’s minds and at the same time can carry your business into another fiery stage of brand building.

Tying up other organizations that are directly related to fire prevention is a smart move. Despite the fact that this occasion will only last for a week, it is a heroic duty to let the community informed with pointers on how they keep their household in safety mode. Some of the things that your corporation can give are t-shirts. Personalized t-shirts with the logo and a slogan regarding the issue will be highly effective campaign paraphernalia.

T-shirts boast of a huge imprinting portion that every people will notice and see even from a far. Provide this to happenings as a token of their attendance. Giving out promotional materials that are highly functional is very much appreciated by the people. They aren’t just informed; they also get benefits like t-shirts, mugs, cups, calendars, notepads, pens and other materials that can be customized according to the theme of the event.

More than that, t-shirt is a type of personalized materials that is budget-friendly and cheaper if purchased in bulk. Nonetheless, just limit your colors into three so you might not bother about the additional payment for added color.

Personal Productivity – Save Time, Avoid Frustration and Triple Your Resuslts

It seems everyone these days is craving more time in the day, to be more productive, and to get more done. We all want to get to the end of the day achieving what we set out to do.

There are several tools and strategies that can help you on your quest. Here are three personal favourites that consistently work to save time, effort and frustration.

Roboform

This cool tool is an absolute winner! RoboForm logs in to your commonly used websites, with the click of a button. If you get annoyed having to re-type your login details and password every time you want to access your online accounts, then this tool will save you heaps of time and remove a daily nuisance factor.

RoboForm remembers all your login usernames and passwords for you to access various online memberships, your personal bank accounts and any other websites which require password access.

Simply click the required site from your list, and Hey Presto, you’re in … no typing, just the click of a button. And you can set up a key password to protect your secure sites so your personal information is completely safe.

The best part is RoboForm is absolutely FREE to try for 30 days, and after you’ve tried it, you’ll be wishing you got it years ago.

QuickLaunch Taskbar

If you’re like most people, when you’re on your computer, you want access to your information FAST! Setting up your QuickLaunch taskbar makes it so easy for you to swap between windows and access other programs quickly and effortlessly.

The QuickLaunch taskbar shows icons of the programs you commonly access in the bottom taskbar of your screen. To open a program, or to switch between applications, you simply click the program icon you want. It saves you having to go back to your Desktop, or having to access the program through your Start window, both of which involve a few extra clicks.

Your QuickLaunch bar is part of your Windows package and can be easily set up. Simply right-click on your Start button, select Properties, then the Taskbar tab. Check the ‘Show QuickLaunch’ option.

To place icons onto your QuickLaunch, simply drag and drop the required program icons from your Desktop. You can show as many icons as you wish. To show more, click and drag the slider bar to where you want it:

You can then lock the taskbar in place by right-clicking in the background of the QuickLaunch area, then clicking the ‘Lock the Taskbar’ option.

And here’s a tip: Add your Windows Explorer icon to your QuickLaunch bar to easily access and open any file, folder or document. From your Start menu, go to ‘All Programs’, open ‘Accessories’, then right-click on ‘Windows Explorer’ and select the ‘Add to QuickLaunch’ option.

Impact /Ease grid:

Here’s a terrific technique which helps you plan and prioritise tasks. It’s easy and powerful! (And don’t be fooled by its simplicity).

When you’ve got a lot on your plate it can become overwhelming, and there are times when it’s difficult to know where to start. This tool helps you capture your pressing action items and then plan and schedule them quickly and easily.

Simply brain-dump all your tasks onto a list. List your tasks down the page and number them. Then rule two columns on the right-hand side and label them Impact and Ease.

Then, on a scale of 1-10 determine the Impact of each item on your list on your overall results and effectiveness. It’s easiest to decide your highest Impact item first and give it a 10, then decide your lowest Impact item and score it a 1. From there, scale each other item relatively, recording these scores in the Impact column.

Next determine the Ease with which you can accomplish each item. Score your easiest task a 10 and your hardest task a 1, then scale each other item relatively, recording your scores in the Ease column..

Next, create a graph labelled 1-10 along each axis. Label one axis ‘Impact’ and the other ‘Ease’. Create a grid (by ruling graph lines), and rule it into quadrants along the mid-point on each axis (5). Then plot your tasks (using the task number) onto the Impact/Ease grid at the relevant point.

Your High Priority Tasks are those that sit above the 7 point on each axis. Immediately start on these items: Create a plan to complete these, add to your schedule and begin NOW! These are the tasks that will make a real difference to your results, and the best part is, you can do them! You’ve already determined they are the most impactful, and relatively easy to boot. No excuses on these ones.

Next, schedule your Focus tasks. These are those that sit in the quadrant above 5 on both axes. You’ll need to schedule these around your High Priority tasks to make sure they’re done. These tasks are also important; you just need to get a little clever how you’re going to fit them in to your schedule.

For the tasks that are high Impact but low Ease (over 5 on Impact but less than 5 on Ease), you will need to plan a strategy as to how you can make these easier to accomplish. You may need to up-skill, get additional resources, or seek guidance, mentoring or advice from someone who’s done it before. In short, you’ll need to find a way to make these tasks easier to accomplish. When you do, these tasks will make an impact on your results.

You can then work out how whether you have enough time left over to do the tasks in the low Impact, high Ease quadrant. These are easy to do but don’t have a great impact on your effectiveness. It may be easy to just do them if you have the time, or delegate them if you feel they will add value to get done. Remember though, that these tasks should be left til after you’ve accomplished tasks in the high Impact quadrants.

The low Impact, low Ease tasks should be dumped. They will not add value to your results or your effectiveness.

Try these strategies to get efficiency gains in 3 areas, including how you manage your time going online, accessing your computer files and prioritising your tasks, and watch your productivity soar.

Eliminate Overwhelm: How to Eat an Elephant (a Personal Productivity Quandry)

There is an old joke about the technique to use when dining on an elephant. If you manage a business, supervise a group or team, you are probably dealing with an overwhelming and overflowing in-box, multiple projects, and a series of last-minute surprises and you’ve asked the question, “How do you eat an elephant?”

Everyone who manages any facet of a business or institution is faced with elephants. Elephants are the massive tasks and challenges we encounter, seemingly every day (or the astonishing number of tasks and details that somehow lands on your desk):

That mountain of paperwork to go through!

The seemingly impossible quotas!

The customers demanding ever higher levels of speed, service, and quality.

Staff that has questions, ideas, due-dates, and requests

Vendors to keep on top of

The endless details of managing our business and personal life!

It’s a whole herd of elephants!

So how do we convert our daily elephants into something of manageable size?

  1. Determine the end results and focus on key points.
  2. Prioritize those key points (most important / easiest to accomplish / highest return-on-investment / etc.)
  3. Delegate as many tasks as possible to people who have the skills and the time to do them correctly and on time (and if they are dealing with elephants themselves, help them by showing them this list). NOTE: create deadlines or you will have even more stuff on your list.
  4. Develop a time-line – blend the time needed and the time allotted with checkpoints to insure adherence to the timetable.
  5. Break the project into digestible, manageable, and tasty chunks.
  6. Get started on task #1 and continue to move forward.
  7. Revise and reprioritize the list as new tasks arrive

If you don’t take this methodical approach then every day is chaos, constantly behind and out of breath with a result that some tasks either don’t get done at all or they get finished in a sloppy, low-quality manner which means that they will show up on your desk again to be done or redone which means you’ve wasted the time and effort the first time which produces more chaos, more angst, more overwhelm. Better to get on with eating the elephant.

When the task is an elephant (and aren’t they all?) break that big guy into manageable parts that are focused towards a timely result. In other words, “One Bite at A Time!”

Soon you will be ready for a delicious dessert.

Personal Productivity – Boost it in 15 Minutes

No matter what you do, one day will never be more than twenty-four hours. No matter how long your to-do list grows, you have exactly the same amount of time to get things done as everyone else. If you want a shot of getting it all done, you need a system that is flexible so that it works for your life, but is effective in that it keeps you productive. The PAR System is that system which will bring you elite productivity that you can work into your life.

The PAR (Process + Attitude = Results) System is based on two very simple principles. First, write everything that you have to do down in a notebook or planner and then recopy your list every morning. Secondly, after you have your list, prioritize what needs to be done and do it first. That is it. If you can master those two skills, you can do anything you put your mind to (and then write into your notebook).

Why these two principles?

First, write everything down so that you do not forget. During an average day, you are going to be bombarded with information and questions and stress. No matter how good you are, things slip through the cracks. Without a system, you may forget that you promised to do something for your boss or that you have a deadline tomorrow for a project. However, if you stay disciplined about writing down tasks into your to-do list, your notebook will be your brain. It will keep track of things that you do not. Then, as you recopy your list, you can get the memory jolt you need.

Secondly, prioritization is important because it keeps you from spinning your wheels. Ever had one of those days where you work and work and work and feel like you got nothing accomplished? You probably feel like that because you did not accomplish any of your priorities. Sure, things may have gotten crossed off your list, but they were not what really needed to be done.

It is also important to stick to your priorities after you have set them. Everyone who tries the PAR System should trust themselves enough to know that the priorities they set for themselves right after they have recopied their list are the proper ones during the stress of the workday.

With that being said, there are, of course, things which happen (family emergencies, angry customers, etc.) that will cause shifts in priorities. This is unavoidable, but the PAR System addresses it using the first principle. If sometime pops up that needs to be dealt with, write it down on the to-do list, make a note that it has priority and work on it until it can be checked off.

There is more to the PAR System that builds off these two principles including setting goals and living your dreams, how to tell what is truly most important, and how to reward yourself for achieving your goals. However, none of these things matter without a mastery of first writing things down, recopying them every morning, setting priorities and following them through.

Above all else, I wish you good luck and Godspeed as your follow your path.