Introducing Post-it® Extreme Notes Communicating Is No Longer Hard Work

 

Introducing Post-it® Extreme Notes, an innovative product designed to facilitate communication in tough conditions, so you can get the job done. What’s unique about this product is that it’s made with ultra-strong Dura-Hold™ Paper and Adhesive, so it sticks securely to textured surfaces and withstands extreme conditions, including those commonly found on construction sites. Post-it® Extreme Notes are durable, writable and water-resistant, so messages, notes and important information can withstand extreme conditions both indoors and outdoors, such as moisture, heat, cold and more. Take communication & productivity beyond the office and into the worksite with Extreme Notes that stick securely to textured and curved surfaces including steel, raw wood, brick, cement, and tile. Post-it® Extreme Notes make leaving notes simple no matter what condition or surface you are working in you can get your message across.

 

Post-it® Extreme Notes are:
✓ Created with 3M Technology
✓ Made from new DuraHold Paper + Adhesive
✓ Durable
✓ Water-Resistant
✓ Stick to Textured Surfaces
✓ Stick in Extreme Conditions
✓ Writable with Pens, Pencils & Markers

 

 

Task Management

Warren Buffet the Oracle of Omaha says the U.S. economy has plenty of runway left. “Right now, there’s no question: It’s feeling strong. I mean, if we’re in the sixth inning, we have our sluggers coming to bat right now,” Buffett said in an interview with Becky Quick on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”

 

However, they haven’t mentioned the personal cost and whether it’s sustainable. As it appears to me, our economy has been growing while most businesses have been struggling to find and train quality staff to handle the workload. As a result of that, all of us are doing more work faster and with less support. Simply put, we are all over-tasked and under-resourced.

 

In the midst of the hundreds of emails, the constant interruptions that we endure and the plethora of new requirements being thrown at us, we should keep in mind our core job objectives and goals. It’s so easy to get distracted as our inboxes flood with emails and as our phones buzz constantly with text messages. Time seems to evaporate as we chase each and every task, sometimes at the expense of our goals. Working on the goals and objectives related to our job descriptions and functions needs to find a place in the workday. Our job function might be derailed as we spend time satisfying small demands, which while important, fall outside of our objectives.

 

Sometimes simply stepping away from the clutter and putting what we want to accomplish on a piece of paper, a Post-it note or a dry erase board and prioritizing can make all the difference to our company and personal satisfaction.

 

I personally employ all three. I have a dry-erase board filled with reminders, Post-its all around my office and I’m constantly writing notes on paper to keep my objectives in mind. This helps me stay focused.

 

We can’t escape the volume of messages that come at us, but we can sometimes prioritize the more meaningful activities over the time-consuming tasks. If possible, it is good to discuss these things with your team and try to divide and conquer. When you can delegate subjects to team members who can respond more proactively and with less effort, everyone wins.

 

Sometimes, we just have to work late into the night and on the weekends to accomplish other necessary tasks so that we can focus on our objectives and goals throughout the workday. Most importantly, we have to keep our goals and objectives in the front of our minds if we hope to accomplish them.

 

-Stuart Glass

Under the Microscope

Diversified Woodcrafts Featured Product of the Month

 

Fab-Lab Workbench

 

Flexibility is the key component of this workbench. The bench is perfect for Makerspaces and Fabrication Labs. 

·     Adjusts in height from 24″H to 34″H

·     Optional 5″ locking casters

·     The legs are 12 gauge steel and have 14 gauge stringers

·     The steel base is finished with a gray baked enamel finish

·     The static weight capacity is 2000 lbs. and the dynamic load is 500 lbs.

·     Two top choices:

·     1-3/4 thick maple work surface

·     1-1/2″ thick ShopTop®

·     30″D and available in three lengths: 60″W, 72″W or 96″W

 

 

RELATIONSHIPS MATTER

 

“In life and business, relationships are important – but they are empty unless they are established and based upon trust.” Horst Schulze – legendary luxury hotelier.

 

First and foremost, we are in the relationship business. We connect with our manufacturers, resellers, and end users to develop positive relationships.  The genesis of it can start with a face-to-face conversation, a phone call, a video conference, or even an interaction via social media ending with a new relationship.

 

We value our relationships. Relationships build trust.  Once trust is built we create a history of shared experiences which enables both parties to work more effectively and efficiently together.

 

Stephen Covey captured the value exceptionally well in his book The Speed of Trust. Stephen Covey uncovers the very basis of the new global economy and he shows how trust and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and constituents is the essential ingredient for any high performance successful organization.

 

Our founding president of Midwest Resource Group, Ed Glass often spoke about the value of relationships stating “With all things being equal, people buy from people they like.  And with all things not being equal, people still buy from people they like.”

 

-Steven Glass

The Lost Art Of Calendaring

 

Time is what we want most, but we use worst.”—William Penn (1644-1718)

 

The English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher and founder of the colony of Pennsylvania was very knowledgeable.  Penn’s words are quite the insight to the fact that even more than 300 years ago, with few outside enticements available to draw people away from their normal-day tasks, time management skills were still a far cry from being highly developed.

 

An excuse for those caught in Penn’s critical eye could be that the ‘New-Style’ calendar (using months and leap years instead of conveying time in relation to the cycles of the sun and moon) wasn’t even employed until 1752, well after his passing.  But then or now, it’s not so much the availability of calendars as it is the daily utilization of them.  However, there was a day 30, 40, 50 years ago when plan books, day timers, Filofax, Chandler’s, were all the rage and the constant companion of highly efficient people.

 

Calendaring was taught in schools, albeit sometimes subliminally. On the chalkboard students would see the dreaded lines remaining day after day, prioritized due dates and exams—like a beacon, so in theory there was no excuse not to know about it.  For adults, there were even time management planning classes focused around calendars and systems of how to move important tasks daily to the top of the page.  To a certain extent, it was ingrained into one’s DNA as a businessperson.

 

Unfortunately, those concepts might as well be written in Sanskrit now.  Why? It’s easy to blame it on technology but delving deeper the burden must be placed on the individual and whether they possess the knowledge manage themselves.  The tools are there.  While Microsoft Outlook or any number of calendaring applications are far more powerful than at any time in history, the fact remains that the true organization and management of time just hasn’t been taught, person-to-person, for many years now.

 

And to be honest, it doesn’t even require fancy planning software to execute.  Instead of the daily routine of working out of an Outlook inbox or a to-do list, dropping tasks in the empty spots and hoping for the best, we all would be better off taking time to manage our time.  The reality is that we could look at a task we have to get done, calculate how long it will take, and simply put the time into the calendar.  That time will then be allocated to the specific issue.  It’s a beautiful thing.

 

We should be talking about this, as it’s a crucial business issue from a productivity standpoint.  Here’s the key—the only thing we have, our true inventory and currency, our biggest asset individually, is our time.  We’re selling our time to our employers, our employers are selling our time either internally or externally to getting jobs done to satisfy other stakeholders, whether it be customers or suppliers.  It makes sense to harness that time to the utmost.

 

-Dan Glass