5 Ideas for Improving Your Personal Productivity

There are far too many distractions in daily life. Email, mobile phone, social websites, video websites, colleagues that just want a quick chat… The list goes on. Every one of these things can stop us doing exactly what we need to be doing and achieving our daily goal. But how can we avoid these distractions and how can we best organise our daily lives to achieve our best productivity?

1. Set a goals list. This is actually our last task of the day before. If we have a clear idea, well ahead of time, of what the next day should achieve, we will be able to start the next day ready to go. The other big benefit of making up the next day’s schedule is that we can sleep on it and let our subconscious mind work on the problem for us, ready for the day ahead.

2. Set a time limit for each task. Almost all of us work best to a deadline. It almost turns it into a game to beat the deadline – which of course you will shorten the next time you have a similar task. You can also see if a task will need more time that you will need to allocate for the next day’s task list.

3. Break big tasks into smaller jobs. Big jobs always look more terrifying. Having the personal satisfaction of completing part of a job beats the feeling of failure because you didn’t complete the whole thing.

4. Promise yourself a reward in advance. Especially for a more difficult or longer task. Whether it’s just a cup of coffee or an extra cookie, you and your body should feel that the effort put in has been worth while. A small sugar or caffeine boost might not be what a doctor would order, but it should be something extra to your day. Perhaps 5 minutes on Facebook is your idea of a treat.

5. Switch off the distractions. It really is as easy as that. You don’t need a window open to the social media all the time. Close down the email program until you are ready. Tell colleagues that you will make time for them later, once your current list is complete. They will get the idea very quickly that you shouldn’t be disturbed and you may just inspire them to be of the same mind when they see how much more you get done.

Who Needs Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Parabens in Their Personal Products?

Are you aware of all of the toxins in your personal products? Have you read your ingredients label on your toothpaste lately? How about your shampoo? It is alarming to know that even products that are known to be holistic or organic can still have some very dangerous chemicals in them.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is used as a degreaser. It is a known skin irritant. It also is corrosive and causes hair loss.

It can clean garage floors and is also used as a carwash soap.

Why is this product in our shampoos, toothpastes, and bath and shower gels? Well, for one thing it is and inexpensive foaming agent. Most companies probably stick with it because it does its job and it is cheap. Sodium laureth sulfate is a variation of this compound and has similar properties.

There is also controversy over parabens. Large doses of parabens have been found in breast cancer tissue. Some say that parabens are not transdermal. I, for one, would rather be safe than sorry. There is no conclusive evidence. So, sometimes we just have to trust ourselves.

We do not want to be neurotic about these things, but we do want to be safe. Educate yourselves. There is a lot of information out there.

There are products out there that do not include these or other dangerous chemicals. Although, I would rather not be neurotic about it, I don’t mind when the company that I order my products from is. Young Living Essential Oils creates a wide range of personal products that I feel very confident using. Their purity is outstanding. Check out their toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, massage oils, household cleaning products and skin care line. I have never come across anything like this. I can rest assured that my health and my family’s health is secure with Young Living Products.

Three Measures Of Personal Productivity

Most of the talk about performance measures is how they are applied to monitor the performance of an organization, a business, staff, a project, or a process.

But have you ever used performance measures for your own personal performance? One area that really lends itself to being measured is personal productivity. This is about how well we use our time to achieve whatever goals we’ve set. Of course, it virtually goes without saying (but let’s say it anyway), if you have no goals then you have no way of assessing your productivity!

Personal productivity is something we all have to deal with, particularly when there are personal goals we’re striving for, and no end of obstacles and distractions getting in the way of our striving!

So here’s a handful of measures, over which you might like to ponder with the question “would it be useful for me to know this?”

Return on time invested (nickname is ROTI)

You have to define what the “return” is for you, and how you’ll quantify it. Then you just divide that quantity by the number of hours (or days or whatever) that you’ve invested in generating that return.

If you’re a consultant or solo business owner, for example, your return might be profit. So you could measure the profit your business earns for every hour you invest in your business.

It’s a measure that easily leads you to the question “which activities give me the highest return, and how can I do more of those activities?”

Percentage of time spent on priorities

Do you know what your priorities are? Can you recognise when you’re working on them, as opposed to things that aren’t a priority?

If you can, then by keeping simple records in your Outlook Calendar or diary, you can easily tally up the proportion of your time each week that you gave to your highest priority tasks.

It’s a great measure to really appreciate the extent to which we can let distractions and other people’s priorities invade our time.

Task cycle time

If there are tasks that you perform time and again, such as preparing for meetings or writing a specific type of report, or recruiting staff, then a little careful analysis might highlight where you can save time that’s currently being wasted.

It happens to the best of us – we get carried away with how things are done, and forget to check for better ways of doing them. Measuring the cycle time of your regular tasks can encourage you to ask this question (and hopefully find ways to improve your personal productivity).

These aren’t the only measures of personal productivity, of course. But if you’re currently measuring nothing about how well you use your time to achieve whatever goals you’ve set, could one or more of these be a good place to start?

Marketing With Personalized Products Gives Your Business Celebrity Status

Does your business or company have the leading edge in marketing and branding today?

Personalized company products, personalized marketing products, corporate promotional items and promotional business gifts are a proven and effective way to market your business, win clients and influence people.

You name it and it will most likely be guaranteed that you can print a logo on it. There are literally thousands of customized products, promotional business gifts and custom corporate gifts available for promotional advertising.

It is a very competitive marketplace today and you need to target new clients or customers, motivate your team, retain staff and stay on top of cutting edge marketing and advertising to enhance brand awareness.

How about that corporate golf tournament or charity golf game? Now here’s an opportunity to showcase your business with personalized golf products and corporate golf gifts. And for that celebratory drink before you hit the clubhouse you can offer your customers or staff their favorite beverage in custom koozies. Stay on par with golf promotional items and make your company an outstanding winner.

Communicate with your marketing team and design your own promotional products package to include a range of custom made products that can make enviable gifts for your most important clients, loyal customers, new business prospects and devoted employees.

Eco-friendly is the buzz now so you make an even bigger impression when you choose eco-friendly personalized bags such as business messenger bags or totes. With the amount of work related traveling that is happening you can make an executive bag and include executive products like custom stress balls, personalized leather products or promotional clocks.

An impressive corporate logo gift or corporate incentive gifts like a personalized embossed leather briefcase will give your business high profile in the boardroom and on the streets. Logo to go anyone!

Stationery has always been a popular favorite with personalized paper products, imprinted pens and custom note pads. For the staff member who spends all their time on the computer and has forgotten how to write with a pen and paper there is everyone’s love of the personalized mugs that save on employee battles in the office kitchen. Personalized calendars will keep those meetings and deadlines on time and you can always look at novelty products when you have your office parties at Christmas and other holiday times throughout the year.

An all time favorite in the personalized advertising campaign has to be the logo products clothing and accessories range. Promotional T shirts have adorned our backs since the birth of industry. Embroidered promotional clothing along with the invention of screen printing have boosted the sales and popularity of personalized shirts, personalized t shirts, custom printed sweatshirts and sweatpants and the most frequently ordered piece of customized merchandise, the baseball cap featuring team or company logo.

How do you make a lasting impression and stay on top in today’s market place? Invest in unique personalized products and business promotional products and remember to reward loyalty and good performance with gifts.