With the next iPhone coming out later this year, I was thinking about all of the things my iPhone has replaced and it’s pretty amazing all of the things that really aren’t necessary as a result of its existence. Of course, depending on your model of smart phone, it probably replaces these things too.
As a marketer, I get paid for my knowledge and understanding of the marketplace. I am paid to understand who my customers are and what types of things interest them. I also have to have some sort of idea of what marketing methods are going to reach them best.
Did you know there’s something you can do to enhance your sales? It’s really simple:
With the advances in technology, it’s amazing how impersonal communication has gotten. You can email, SMS, tweet, IM, send an e-card, write on a person’s Facebook wall – all without the benefit of personal communication.
With those technological advances comes other advances that has improved the personal touch – you can Skype and FaceTime with people thousands of miles away.
But one old school method of communication that seems to be going the way of the DoDo bird is the art of the handwritten note. I don’t know about you, but my typing is a lot better than my penmanship, but that doesn’t stop me from writing the handwritten correspondence. Granted, I don’t do it all the time, but I do send the notes as warranted by occasion.
We all fail. It doesn’t matter what we do, we’re going to fail. When we were learning to walk for the first time, how many times did we fall? As toddlers, we had reckless abandon for trying new things and were unafraid of failing. Undeterred, we would get back up and try again.
What about learning to ride a bike for the first time? Guess what? We fell down. But for most of us, we probably got back up and tried again, skinned knees and all. It doesn’t matter if it’s personally or professionally, we’re going to fall down. We’re going to fail. The important thing is to get back up and try again.
Unfortunately for me, my birthday and the Christmas holiday are within a week of one another. Every year around the same time, usually a week or two before Thanksgiving, I get the same request from members of family, “Can you send me what you want for your birthday / Christmas list?”
I used to send them a blanket email with some items that were copied and pasted from my Amazon wish list, which wasn’t exactly a great way of managing what I wanted. I mean, what’s to keep different family members from buying the same thing? At least if they bought it directly off the Amazon wish list, the item would be marked as purchased.
I finally got smart and created a perpetual gift list registry using Evernote. Below I’ll explain how it works and how to set it up.
“A messy desk is the sign of a busy person” or so the saying goes. But does having a messy desk make you more productive or give the appearance of being more productive? Granted everyone works differently, but surrounding yourself with clutter leads to disorganization and decreases productivity even if you know where XYZ report happens to be in the pile. The truth is you will have to look for it in the mess. Here are five ways you can improve your organization and improve your productivity.
Having a design background, I have always appreciated paper from its different weights, its textures, and its colors. I also like anything that will help me with my productivity by saving me time.
In my web travels, I found an awesome site that lets me print out free templates on my favorite paper. How awesome is that? The website, GeneratedPaper.com has a wide variety of templates available for your printing pleasure. And even better, in case I haven’t mentioned, they’re free. The website touts having over 40 different template styles that are downloadable in PDF format.