How Productive Can You Be In 15 Minutes?

Here’s the dillema…I need to write this blog post, but I have to leave in 15 minutes.  So I’l just procrastinate- send out some proofs and tracking instead and work on the blog tomorrow.    But, I just read this blog post earlier today and decided to put it to the test.

The premise is to set a 15 minute block of time to work on a task.  For me, I feel like this will work best on those things I want to put off, dread tackling or just have a hard time getting started on.  Maybe it’s putting together ideas for a client’s project- I’m still not sure where to start, so spending 15 minutes reviewing their goals and looking through my “idea basket” (which is a fancy name for a large tote in the corner of the office full of cool swag samples that I occasionally go through to generate ideas), and adding some starting point ideas I can send them for feedback fills that 15 minutes and I have a great starting point.

Or on a personal note, the still-packed suitcase sitting in the floor from last week’s business trip- 15 minutes to sort out the laundry, business items and to put the bluetooth headphones back on to recharge seems much less overwhelming that feeling like all the laundry has to be sorted, washed and put away all at once.

Tomorrow I’ll take a  15 minute block to order spec samples for a client, another block to follow up on a few orders- thinking about doing a task in 15 minutes seems way less overwhelming, or even like a challenge.  “I only have 15 minutes to get this done”.  It’s like a race against the clock.  A little bit of a mind game.

And look…15 minutes have passed and I have to get out the door.  But the blog is done AND I have a plan for tomorrow.  Do you work in 15 minute blocks?  If not, would you try it?   I’ll follow up in a couple weeks and let you know if this has made me more productive.

In the meantime- give us a call for all your swag needs.  We’ll give you all the time you need!

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Employee Recognition Matters

More and more companies are turning back towards recognition and employ engagement programs as a way to connect their employees more closely to the corporate goals and objectives.

There are two main reasons for this:
1.  The economy – when the economy is doing well the power shifts to the employee (as opposed to 8 years ago) as such, employers need to re think and re engage with their employees, so that they are better connected to the brand and its value, as well as, having that feeling of engaged participation. If they are not engaged, the possibility of them leaving for “greener pastures” increases exponentially.
2.  Millennials – If you have any of your own you already know that they need to be on boarded properly and recognized continually.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if you would benefit from our recognition program services.  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we should talk.
1. Are you having retention issues with your employees?
2. Are your employees properly engaged with the brand, its mission and its values?
3. Do you reward employees for loyalty and productivity?
4. Are your insurance rates to high?
5. Are you having trouble identifying new recruits and properly on boarding them?

Check out the video below for some helpful tips and insights into effective recognition programs.

 

Are you ready to explore the options for a recognition or awards program for your company? Whether it be annual year end appreciation or holiday gifts, years of service awards, safety programs or another recognition event, rewards programs can help engage and motivate employees, increase productivity and morale and help with employee retention.   Call or email today and we can discuss options that fit your needs and your budget.

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How Pink Phoenix Identifies With Swag

Today we are sharing our blog with one of our non-profit clients who does great things in the Portland/Vancouver area- not only for breast cancer survivors, but to help remind everyone to get mammograms and do monthly self exams.  Read on to learn more about Pink PhoenixTM from our guest blogger Ilene McMurray.

 

Pink Phoenix™ is the United States’ first dragon boat team consisting entirely of breast cancer survivors. A competitive team, it was organized in 1996 with the mission to enhance breast cancer awareness and to provide hope for survivors that there is quality of life after breast cancer. Our purpose is to demonstrate that special quality of life; to promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie through dragon boating. We also provide social, emotional and spiritual support for breast cancer survivors. Through outreach activities, media recognition and public visibility, Pink Phoenix™ strives to provide hope to those newly diagnosed and to enhance breast cancer awareness serving as a reminder to women to have mammograms regularly and to do self-exams.  Teammates find strength and quality of life by paddling together while having the common thread of a breast cancer diagnosis. We treat each with respect, dignity, compassion and foster personal growth, teaching and learning.  Pink Phoenix welcomes all breast cancer survivors from the surrounding Portland/Vancouver areas, newly diagnosed to long-time survivor, all ages, and all abilities.

Pink Phoenix team.

      We participate joyfully and celebrate life

 

This year we have purchased 2 banners and a flag from Barefoot Swag.  They were selected so our location at whatever venue we are at can be easily located.  Our Pink PhoenixTM logo has been prominently printed on all of them in so our team is easily identifiable at all our race venues.  We selected a mesh banner that is more easily transported to away venues as it is lighter and dries more quickly in case of inclement weather.  We also use our banners at outreach events such as Race for the Cure, Row for the Cure, The Komen Breast Cancer Issues Conference, The Advancements in Breast Cancer Conference, The Healthcare Provider and Sponsor Paddle, and the Portland Pickles Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

pink phoenix banner

We have also used fun items like the pop open fans to cool us off at hot venues, fun sunglasses that turn pink in the sunlight and fandanas. These items are both functional to the team members at events and increase our visibility and help spread awareness.

For more information, including membership or to sponsor or donate, visit the Pink PhoenixTM website at www.pinkphoenix.org.  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

If you would like ideas to raise awareness for your non-profit at events contact us today!

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